Cape Town Opera Studio member wins at UNISA

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Cecilia Rangwanasha is Overall Winner at the 6th International UNISA Music Foundation Voice Competition and Special Prize Winner for Best Performance.

Cecilia Rangwanasha
Cecilia Rangwanasha

She started singing at a very early age and represented Limpopo province on National level at the SASCE school competitions from 2009-2012. She completed her B. Tech Vocal Art (Performance) at Tshwane University of Technology under the vocal tuition of Kiewiet Pali. Cecilia performed as chorus member in the TUT student productions of Faust (2013), La Cenerentola (2014) and Falstaff (2015).

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In 2015 she participated in concerts and master classes with international voice experts 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 (2015, 2016, 2017) and was a semi-finalist in the Mimi Coertse Singing Competition (2015). In the same year Cecilia also participated at Amazwi Omzansi Africa National Singing Competition and performed as soloist in the TUT The Coronation Mass.

Winner – Classical Category of the Unisa International Voice Competition and the first South African to win the prestigious Unisa International Voice Competition. Picture: Shooheima Champion
Winner – Classical Category of the Unisa International Voice Competition and the first South African to win the prestigious Unisa International Voice Competition.
Picture: Shooheima Champion

In 2015, she was a semi-finalist in the Mimi Coertse Singing Competition and participated at Amazwi Omzansi Africa National Singing Competition. In 2016 she was awarded 1st Prize in the Phillip H Moore Music Competition and 2nd Prize at the ATKV Muziqanto, going on to win that competition in 2017.

Cecilia joined Cape Town Opera in 2017 and is a member of the Cape Town Opera studio programme. Cecilia has toured with the company’s African Angels to Germany and was the First Lady in CTO’s 2017 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Cecilia is still regularly involved in community projects singing as soloist.

‘We’re immensely proud of Cecilia and her spectacular win at the UNISA singing competition on Saturday night! It’s a very prestigious prize, she’s been thrust into the national spotlight with this win and I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing her flying the SA Opera flag high on the global opera stages.’ said Matthew Wild, Cape Town Opera’s Artistic Director.

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