Opera alum wins international singing competition

16 Feb 2018 - 16:30

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha is the first South African to win the UNISA International Voice Competition. Photo Robyn Walker for the UCT newsroom.

UCT student Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha won first place at the 6th annual UNISA International Voice Competition, which took place on 3 February 2018 at the ZK Matthews Great Hall in Pretoria.

Masabane won in the classical voice category. In doing so, soprano became the first South African classical singer to win a UNISA International Voice Competition, and took home a prize of R200 000.

Cynthia Abraham of France placed first in the jazz voice category.

Rangwanasha is currently in the second year of her postgraduate diploma in performance at the South African College of Music (SACM) with Associate Professor Virginia Davids.

Rangwanasha completed her BTech in Vocal Art (Performance) at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) under the vocal tuition of Kiewiet Pali. She started singing at a very early age and represented Limpopo province on national level at the FET Band SASCE School Competitions from 2009-2012.

She is regularly involved in community projects singing as soloist at the National Choir Festival. In 2015 she participated in concerts and master classes with the internationally acclaimed Michelle Breedt, Kliesie Kelly Moog, Barbara Hill Moore and Josef Protschka.

She was chosen as one of six singers to take part in the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was selected as semi-finalist in the 2015 Mimi Coertse Singing Competition. Rangwanasha performed as soloist in TUT’s 2015 production of Mozart's Coronation Mass. In 2016, she performed the role of Fiordiligi in TUT’s student production of Così fan Tutte and was awarded first prize in the Phillip H Moore Music Competition.

In the same year she won the prize for Best South African Song in the finals of ATKV Competition and was awarded second prize in the Muziqanto competition. She also received the second prize at UNISA National Competition in 2017 in Pretoria and also was awarded first prize for ATKV singing competition 2017 in Cape Town together with the prize for Best South African Song in the semi-finals.

Rangwanasha is now a studio member at the Cape Town Opera.