South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha joins the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2019/20 Season. During the second half of the 2018/19 Season she was a Jette Parker Link Artist. This Season she sings Guest and Lace Seller (Death in Venice), Barena (Jenufa), the title role of Susanna and Fourth Maid (Elektra).
Rangwanasha started singing at an early age, and represented the Limpopo province at national level from 2009 to 2012. She completed her PGDip at the University of Cape Town, where she studied with Virginia Davids, and took a BTech in Vocal Art (Performance) at Tshwane University of Technology, where she studied with Kiewiet Pali and participated in concerts and masterclasses with Michelle Breedt, Kliesie Kelly Moog, Barbara Hill Moore and Josef Protschka. At Tshwane University of Technology, she sang Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and chorus in Faust, La Cenerentola and Falstaff, as well as the soprano solo in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. She went on to be a Young Artist with Cape Town Opera for two years, singing First Lady in Die Zauberflöte (with University of Cape Town), Mother of Mandela in Mandela Trilogy and Serena in Porgy and Bess (South Korean tour).
Rangwanasha’s 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, First Prize and best singer in the second round of the classical category in Pretoria (2018) and Audience Second Prize (2017) in the UNISA International Voice Competition. She has also been awarded Second Prize in Muzicanto in Cape Town, an award from the Schock Philips Foundation at UCT, and the Encouragement Award in the Deborah Voigt International Competition in the USA.