Currently appearing at the Metropolitan Opera in Le Comte Ory is this South African soprano, Pretty Yende. The New York Times says she is from Mpumalanga, while The Huffington Post says she "grew up in Cape Town." Above she is singing the Song to the Moon from Rusalka. And below is Come per me, sereno from La Sonnambula.
You can surely guess what I like about her. She works at La Scala and is completely on top of her Italian style. So far she is famous for falling flat on her face at the beginning of the first performance of Ory. Remember, there is no bad publicity.