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Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha soprano is the first South African to have won at BBC Cardiff Singer of The World.

Her Edinburgh 2022 recital is her first complete recital following Cardiff with her accompanist in Wales the celebrated pianist Simon Lepper. 

Masabane Cecilia started singing at school and church at an early age. Having completed a Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Cape Town, studying with Virginia Davids, she took a BTech in Vocal Art (Performance) with Kiewiet Pali at Tshwane University of Technology. Masabane Cecilia was a Young Artist with Cape Town Opera for two years, singing First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mother of Mandela (Mandela Trilogy) and Serena (Porgy and Bess).

In London, she joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2019/20 Season, performing Guest and Lace Seller (Death in Venice), title role Susanna and Soprano in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Competition successes include the Audience Prize and two special prizes in the 2019 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the UNISA Competition, First Prize in the Phillip H Moore Music Competition, First Prize and Best South African Song (final 2017, semi-final 2018) in the ATKV Singing Competition and second prize in the Schock Philips Foundation competition at UCT (2018).

In 2019 Masabane Cecilia sang soprano solo in Verdi‘s Requiem with Oude Libertas choir in Stellenbosch and was nominated Best Singer in the opera category for Woordfees 2019. She was awarded Second Prize in Muzicanto in Cape Town, an award from the Schock Philips Foundation at UCT. 

Conceived & devised by Ian McFarlane.

Produced & funded by McFarlane Productions 


Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

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