Young so­prano has the vo­cal range to carry her the dis­tance

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com­pe­ti­tions, from 2009 to 2012, and she works reg­u­larly on com­mu­nity projects, singing as soloist at the Na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val, Melt­ing Pot and Free State com­pe­ti­tions.

She has also per­formed in the TUT stu­dent pro­duc­tions of Faust (2013), La Cener­en­tola (2014) and Fal­staff (2015); and par­tic­i­pated in con­certs and mas­ter classes with the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Pro­fes­sor Michelle Breedt, Pro­fes­sor Kliesie Kelly Moog, Pro­fes­sor Bar­bara Hill Moore and Pro­fes­sor Josef Protschka.

She is both mod­est and proud when list­ing some of her other ac­co­lades: last year af­ter per­form­ing the role of Fiordiligi in TUT’s Cosi Fan Tutte she was awarded first prize in the Phillip H Moore Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion and next month she takes part in the ATKV semi-fi­nals and fi­nals, if she goes ahead. In Oc­to­ber she will know if she’s a fi­nal­ist af­ter au­di­tion­ing for the pres­ti­gious Neue Stim­men In­ter­na­tional Singing Com­pe­ti­tion.

While tak­ing part in com­pe­ti­tions plays a big part in Ce­cilia’s bid to get to the top, she is hon­ing her skills as a stu­dio mem­ber at Cape Town Opera and is hard at work re­hears­ing as un­der­study for the role of Senta in Der Fliegende Hol­lan­der, Wagner’s tem­pes­tu­ous opera of a cursed sea cap­tain and his ghostly ship.

As we meet on the eve of Women’s Day, Ce­cilia says she can­not pay enough tribute to her late mother. “My mother went through so much and it’s poignant to re­mem­ber her on this day.”

One of four chil­dren, she was raised by her sin­gle mother in a small vil­lage in Lim­popo. “My mother strug­gled to make ends meet and my broth­ers helped to sup­port me when they left school and started work­ing,”she says.

Speak­ing about her work with the Cape Town Opera as a so­prano and on Der Fliegende Hol­lan­der, Ce­cilia says she is cur­rently fo­cus­ing on get­ting as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble.”Wagner is not for young singers. When I look at where I would even­tu­ally like to be, it’s as an in­ter­na­tional singer in some of the roles he cre­ated.

“I would also love to open my own school and have my own com­pe­ti­tions. I was lucky enough to get grants-in-aid of my stud­ies but there are not enough bur­saries in gen­eral. Apart from the hon­our of win­ning a pres­ti­gious con­test, the money that comes with it is in­cen­tive money and is im­por­tant to keep pas­sion in young­sters alive.”

Pas­sion­ate young so­prano Ce­cilia Rang­wanasha.

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