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.
In 2023/24, Rangwanasha will make debuts with Washington National Opera and the Hamburg State Opera as Liù Turandot, a role she will also perform with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on tour in Japan. On the concert platform, Rangwanasha will make debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon in Mendelssohn Elijah. Further appearances include the Verdi Requiem with Nathalie Stuzmann in her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and a return to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano, as well as a return to The Hallé with Sir Mark Elder for the Rossini Stabat Mater.
Last season, Rangwanasha received critical acclaim for her return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Liù Turandot and at Theater Bern as Mathilde Guilliame Tell and in the title role of Iphigénie en Tauride. On the concert stage, Rangwanasha made her US debut with Washington National Symphony Orchestra in Barber Knoxville: The Summer of 1915, performing the work again with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Marin Alsop), Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Kazuki Yamada), Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Mahler Das Klagende Lied at Theater Bern, and her Edinburgh Festival debut performing Tippett A Child of Our Time with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis) and a return to the BBC Proms to perform Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the National Youth Orchestra.
Previous highlights include; Élisabeth de Valois Don Carlos, and Elettra Idomeneo at Theater Bern, 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 A 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.'