By David Salazar
Superstar soprano Pretty Yende has been awarded as an Order of Arts and Letters by France’s Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak.
The soprano was given the distinction on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
“The Order of Arts and Letters, established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture, rewards those who, through their ongoing engagement and creativity, have helped develop the arts and literature in France and throughout the world,” said Medailles Officielles website.
Yende has been a mainstay in France over the last few years. She is coming off a run of “Die Zauberflöte” at the Opéra Bastille and will return to the Philharmonie de Paris in March. In June, she will perform “Roméo et Juliette” at the Opéra de Bastille. She also previously appeared at the Bastille Day Concert and starred in productions of “La Traviata,” “Don Pasquale,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and “Benvenuto Cellini” at the Opéra de Paris.