Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

Rising star Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha was the winner of the Song Prize at the 2021 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and is an alumna of the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

In 2022-23, she will sing Mathilde in Guilliame Tell and the title role in Iphigenie en Tauride at Theater Bern. She will return to the Royal Opera House as Liù in Turandot, conducted by Antonio Pappano. On the concert platform, she will perform in Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied at Theater Bern and Elgar’s The Apostles with the Hallé Orchestra. She makes her U.S. debut with the Washington Symphony Orchestra in Barber’s Knoxville: The Summer of 1915, followed by another performance of Knoxville with Cincinnati Symphony. She will give solo recitals at Wigmore Hall and Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Previous performances at Theater Bern have included Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos and Elettra in Idomeneo. Recent concert highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with BBC Symphony, conducted by Sakari Oramo at the First Night of the BBC Proms; Mahler’s 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 Paul Daniel at Opéra National de Bordeaux and participating in Classic FM Live at Royal Albert Hall.

Future seasons will bring house and role debuts, including Staatsoper Hamburg and Semperoper Dresden. She returns to the Royal Opera House and on the concert platform with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and Chicago Symphony.

Rangwanasha is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

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