Ranti: Where Opera meets Folk Music
About Ranti Ihimoyan
Ranti is an opera/crossover recording artiste versatile in folk, jazz and pop music. Her passion for music started in high school where she was awarded the first place soloist prize in the Shell Schools’ Competition and featured as a soloist in the 2001 Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Festival Youth Concert. She returned to Chicago (the city of her birth) and studied Chemical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). While in IIT, she took voice lessons at the VanderCook College of Music. Upon graduation, she worked as a refinery engineer, directed and participated in choirs.
Ranti returned to Nigeria in 2011. While working as an Environmental and Regulatory Specialist, she obtained distinction certificates in both the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) & MUSON Grade 8 Vocal Performance exams. Since then, she has been accompanied by the MUSON Orchestra in operas including the role of ‘Kate’ in Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’, the dramatic coloratura ‘Queen of the Night‘ in Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ and ‘Marie’ in Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’ opera in 2016. She was also ‘Pamina‘ in AMEMUSO’s OperaAbuja 2016 ‘Magic Flute‘ Production.
Ranti has performed in a number of opera programs in Europe. Most recently in Reichenau an der Rax, Austria, she was invited to perform the Czech Aria – Rusalka’s Song to the Moon by Dvorak and a duet with Peter Edelmann (Dean of the MDW University Opera Institute) at the ISA Festival opening ceremony. She also played the role of ‘Pamina‘ (‘Magic Flute‘ opera scenes) in Vienna. In Italy, she performed the roles of ‘Magda‘ in Puccini’s ‘La Rondine‘ and ‘Donna Elvira‘ in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni‘. In 2015, she played the role of ‘Madame Herz‘ in Mozart’s ‘Die Schauspieldirektor‘ in Salzburg, Austria.
Ranti marked her transition from a fulfilling engineering career by producing and performing in a musical/operetta titled ‘After the Dream‘ in 2015. She has since released ‘Heartbeat’(music video); folk songs – ‘Iwe Kiko‘ (music video) and ‘Bamiwo‘ as well as a ‘WAZOBIA’ version of the popular Christmas tune – ‘O Holy Night‘ and performs widely in private and corporate events and concerts. In December 2015, she had the honor of singing the Nigerian National Anthem to open the Kaduna Music Festival in the presence of His Excellency – President Muhammadu Buhari. Photos and videos of performances can be viewed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by following @rantimusic.