Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha is a captivating soprano hailing from South Africa, whose extraordinary talent has garnered international acclaim. Known for her versatility and emotive performances, Masabane has carved a niche for herself in the world of classical music. A significant part of her charm is her African warmth and lust for adventure as she travels the world in pursuit of her passion, which has already established impressive professional foundations with Opera’s finest including, Sir Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
On the 11th of July at 11am, her enchanting voice, accompanied by Kunal Lahiry on piano, will be showcased in a special recital at The Cheltenham Music Festival, which will also be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Here, Masabane will perform a diverse repertoire that includes Franz Schubert, works from her birthplace, selections from musical theatre, and American spirituals. The programme encompasses her wide-ranging talents and narrates her musical journey, from her professional beginnings in Cape Town to maturity in London, Washington and Moscow. Having won the 2021 Song Prize, as well as reaching the Main Prize final of the famous Cardiff Singer of the World competition where she was described as “transcendental”, she went on to become a BBC New Generation Artist and since then her career has gone from strength to strength – she’s also performing at the Proms this year.
In 2021, Masabane won the Song Prize and reached the Main Prize final of the famous Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Born in the Limpopo province in South Africa, Masabane began by singing on her mother’s knee and subsequently now embraces her heritage by incorporating works from her home country into her performances. With rich melodies and vibrant rhythms, these pieces reflect the diverse musical traditions of South Africa. From traditional folk songs to contemporary compositions, Masabane’s interpretations highlight the power and resilience of her people, providing a glimpse into the vibrant cultural tapestry of her birthplace. As a nod to the rich legacy of African-American music, Masabane will also perform a selection of American spirituals. These deeply moving and soulful songs originated in the African-American community and served as a source of strength and solace during times of hardship.
In addition to classical repertoire, Masabane’s versatility shines through her interpretations of musical theatre classics. Whether it’s the soaring melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein or the fiery passion of Stephen Sondheim, she effortlessly embodies the characters and narratives of these beloved shows. Her commanding stage presence and impeccable vocal technique make her a standout performer in this genre, leaving audiences spellbound.
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