Rising star Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha won the Song Prize at the 2021 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and is a current BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
This season, Rangwanasha sings Mathilde Guilliame Tell and the title role of Iphigénie en Tauride at the Theater Bern. Elsewhere this season, she received great critical acclaim for her return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Liù Turandot with conductor Antonio Pappano, and a busy concert calendar includes her US debut with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra performing Barber Knoxville – The Summer of 1915, a work she performs later this spring for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 Lobegesang with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Kazuki Yamada), Beethoven Symphony No.9 and Mahler Das Klagende Lied at Theater Bern, Elgar The Apostles with the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder), and a return to this year's BBC proms to perform Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the National Youth Orchestra, as well as her debut at the Edinburgh Festival for Tippet A Child of Our Time with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis). She also appears in recital at Wigmore Hall and for the Opéra National de Bordeaux.
Next season, Rangwanasha's engagements include house debuts at the Hamburg State Opera and Washington National Opera, as well as a tour of Japan with the Royal Opera, and concert appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Atlanta Symphony and Chicago Symphony.
Previous performances at Theater Bern have included Élisabeth de Valois Don Carlos, and Elettra Idomeneo. Recent concert highlights include Verdi Requiem with the BBC Symphony conducted by Sakari Oramo at the First Night of the BBC Proms, Mahler Symphony No. 4 conducted by Adam Fischer with the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony conducted by Sir Mark Elder with The Hallé Orchestra, Strauss Vier letzte Lieder under the direction of Paul Daniel at Opéra National de Bordeaux, and a performance as part of Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
'The South African has a sumptuous, plush sound, and floats high notes with almost indecent ease. Hear a few of them live and it’s as if you’ve died and (sins allowing) gone straight to Heaven.'
'This is an exceptional voice, sumptuously in tone, marvellously controlled throughout its range. Her singing combined beauty with great depth of feeling and was outstanding throughout – a great artist.'
The Evening Standard
'Her voice is even and full of feeling across its whole range, from celestial high notes to the real muscle of her lower register.'