South African opera star Pretty Yende received the Order of ‘Knight of the Italian Star’ at a ceremony at the Italian Consul in Cape Town earlier this week.
Italian ambassador, Emanuele Pollio, called Yende a daughter of South Africa and of Italy and joked that she could steal his job because she had been “an extraordinary ambassador of the Italian culture in South Africa”.
She is the youngest South African ever awarded this prestigious decoration.
Pretty said afterwards on social media: “This has been the most extraordinary gift I could have ever wished for. Ordine Stella d’Italia (OSI).