Cape Town – South Africa’s 27-year-old soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha has been named the winner of the Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2021.
Rangwanasha impressed the judging panel, chaired by Wigmore Hall’s creative and government director John Gilhooly, together with classical singers US soprano Roberta Alexander and Welsh bass-baritone Neal Davies.
Gilhooly praised all 14 contestants and mentioned the performances had been excellent, including that it was inspiring to know that the way forward for opera was “secured with so much talent clearly emerging”.
“Sadly, there could only be one winner, and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha performed with such assured technique and emotional power that the jury was unanimous in naming her the winner,” Gilhooly mentioned in a press release launched by the BBC.
“We look forward to hearing these wonderful singers again in the future, in concerts around the UK and beyond.”
In a press release, the BBC mentioned the preliminary announcement was made in the course of the broadcast of the competitors’s Song Prize remaining on June 17, with out an viewers in attendance and in strict compliance with Covid-19 pointers.
At an early age, Rangwanasha began singing at college and church earlier than she accomplished her research at UCT in addition to the Tshwane University of Technology.
She then went to London the place she was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme within the 2019/20 season, the BBC mentioned.
in 2019, Rangwanasha sang the soprano solo in Verdi‘s Requiem with the Oude Libertas choir in Stellenbosch. She was additionally nominated for Best Singer within the opera class for Woordfees 2019.
The Song Prize competitors showcased the voices of 14 of the BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2021 contestants.