South African Opera Star Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha earned herself the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2021, a proud moment for us all!
Cardiff, United Kingdom (22 June 2021) – The Royal Opera’s ‘Jette Parker Young Artist’ Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, who is a born and raised South African, competed in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 competition and won!
Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, age 27, is a Soprano Opera Singer with the Royal Opera House in London. She is from Polokwane and started her singing journey at school and at church. Masabane completed her studies at the University of Cape Town and the Tshwane University of Technology.
As a talented opera singer, her voice took her across international borders. She earned a spot in London at the Royal Opera House with the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme for the 2019/20 season.
Masabane recently entered the BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2021 competition.
There were 14 performers in the competition, but the judges’ decision was unanimous; the Song Prize winner was Masabane. The judges were John Gilhooly, artistic and executive director at Wigmore Hall’s, and classical singers US soprano Roberta Alexander and Welsh bass-baritone Neal Davies.
“Sadly, there could only be one winner, and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha performed with such assured technique and emotional power that the jury was unanimous in naming her the winner,” – John Gilhooly
Please take a look at her stunning performance at the Royal Opera House below. This is not her performance from the competition, merely one of her more recent ones available online. It is evident her talent is powerful and gives one many goosebumps!