Cape Town Opera relies on donations, grants and contributions from a range of local donors to connect and work with its communities. Donor contributions allow CTO to provide the following initiatives at no cost to these beneficiaries:
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
The best vocal talent could come from anywhere – De Aar, Fish Hoek, Sea Point, Caledon or beyond. Young, talented singers need years of nurturing, education and access to arts opportunities. CTO’s local educational programmes, outreach services and local productions provide this. Youth from Vredenburg, Retreat, Khayelitsha and Nyanga are the focus of CTO’s flagship educational programme, Opera is my First Language. CTO’s Youth and Development team work with learners participating in the national South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod / ABC Motsepe Eisteddfod competition at open workshops in their communities, where learners will be put through their paces in a dynamic vocal boot camp and work through the prescribed repertoire.
CTO provides tickets on an as-needed basis to opera performances for close to 500 Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged and Communicare residents throughout the year.
CTO partners with Jazz Hands to provide sign language interpretation and audio description for hearing- and sight-impaired audiences at opera productions. In addition, Opera is my First Language caters to two special needs schools, Karitas School in Vredenburg and Lathi-Tha Primary in Khayelitsha, with music therapy classes.
CTO contributes to tree planting with Green Pop, a local environmental NGO, to offset the carbon footprint of its international touring.
OPERA IS GOOD BUSINESS
The work of Cape Town Opera generates business for independent contractors and a range of enterprises. To create opera, CTO builds scenery, props and costumes. It hosts artists from across the country and around the world, contracts local musicians, hires venues for rehearsals and employs coaches to train singers.