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Friday, 12 May 2023 12:41

Opera star Pretty Yende hospitalised after sustaining serious injury.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.


The South African-born opera singer Pretty Yende penned an apology to her fans who were expecting her last performance of Manon at Wiener Staatsoper.  

Yende explained on her Instagram she had sustained a serious injury.

"I have been forced to rest up in a hospital bed following a serious injury my her leg that happened on stage prior to her spectacular performance at the coronation of King Charles III, she said.

The global audience of millions who watched the coronation would not have guessed that there was anything wrong on Saturday, May 6 as Yende sang her heart out during a rendition of 'Sacred Fire' at Westminster Abbey. She flew the South African flag high, her performance drawing praise from near and far.

"I would like to send my sincerest apologies to my colleagues and the theatre, deepest thanks as they were incredibly kind to me during the last performances after my injury," she wrote.

The performance is to take place on Saturday, 13 May.

In a short clip composed of images, the singer appears to have injured her leg.

"This is how I spent eve hours before the coronation performance," she said, adding she needs to follow medical advice and rest.

Yende made history at the King's coronation, as the first black woman to ever perform at a coronation of a British monarch.