As a company operating in a developing country, Cape Town Opera (CTO) embraces its social responsibilities. With two full-time staff and 10 contract workers, CTO’s Youth Development & Education department maintains an energetic program of projects that annually benefit over 4 000 learners primarily in rural/township communities across eight South African provinces.

Opera is My First Language
Cape Town Opera’s (CTO’s) flagship music education program addresses the lack of formal, effective music education in rural and township Western Cape schools.
CTO works directly with 160 primary school learners based in Vredenburg, Retreat, Khayelitsha and Schools in the Cape Peninsula

SASCE ABC MOTSEPE Provincial Workshops

Cape Town Opera Singers and Youth Development and Education team hosted the South African School Choral Eisteddfod ABC MOTSEPE Workshop at Artscape Theatre Centre, where they invited schools in the Cape Peninsula to attend. In addition to this, the team will visit schools in the Eden District and assist with educators and learners with their preparation for the annual South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod which takes place in Randburg, July 2018. Cape Town Opera’s dynamic vocal boot camp includes, breathing techniques, singing posture, sound resonance, articulation and interpretation of the prescribed repertoire.


Amabali Ethu
Amabali Ethu (Xhosa for Our Stories) gives learners an opportunity to write and compose their own short opera (30-45 minutes) in their local language based on stories relevant to their lives and community.
CTO provides a professional composer and dramatist to create an opera from their life experiences which the children then perform at the school, inviting all parents and local community members.


Disability Access
Cape Town Opera has partnered with Jazz Hands to provide access to selected productions for the deaf and deaf blind community. This programme, which was launched in 2015, offers free interpreting services to a group of deaf and deaf blind audience members to ensure full participation for these special guests. CTO also arranges special touch tours that allow blind/deaf patrons to feel the singers’ faces and costumes, the set and also some of the musical instruments in the orchestra.
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Final Dress Rehearsal
Local schools and community choirs from underdeveloped areas are invited to attend Cape Town Opera’s (CTO) Final Dress Rehearsal free of charge. CTO provides reliable and safe transportation, through the HCI Transport Programme. Introducing students to musical masterpieces creates an opportunity for them to experience the world from a new perspective. By attending productions with their young adult peers in performance, they are able to see role models developing careers in the arts.

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