Established in 1999, Cape Town Opera is a Section 21 Non-Profit Company and Public Benefit Organisation, with a Level 1 BBBEE rating.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Cape Town Opera relies on donations, grants and contributions from a range of local donors to connect and work with its communities. These contributions allow CTO to provide the following initiatives free of charge to more than 2,200 beneficiaries:
YOUTH: The best vocal talent could come from anywhere – De Aar, Fish Hoek, Sea Point, Caledon or beyond. Young, talented signers 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. Its National Schools Tour, a three-week educational programme in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape, teaches 1,400 primary and high school learners as they prepare for the national schools choral eisteddfod.
AGED: CTO provides tickets and transport, on an as-needed basis, to opera performances for 480 Cape Peninsular Organisation for the Aged and Communicare residents throughout the year.
DISABILITY: 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 with music therapy classes, namely: Karitas School in Vredenburg and Lathi-Tha Primary in Khayelitsha.
GREEN ECONOMY: CTO contributes to tree planning with Green Pop, a local environmental NGO, to offset the carbon footprint of its international touring.
OPERA IS GOOD BUSINESS
The creation of opera provides significant employment for singers, technicians, musicians, directors, designers, technicians, music teachers and administrators. Following is an overview of Cape Town communities and the remuneration paid to residents in various communities for 2016/2017 through Cape Town Opera programming:
- Athlone R375,780
- Bellville R357,948
- Bonteheuwel/Langa R360,923
- Cape Town R1,666,925
- Claremont R1,851,757
- Crossroads R257,125
- Delft R135,456
- Diepriver/Plumstead R109,535
- Fish Hoek R516,525
- Goodwood R191,530
- Gugulethu R1,552,078
- Hout Bay R1,589,022
- Khayelitsha R1,811,753
- Kuilsriver R278,119
- Melkbosstrand R213,740
- Milnerton R2,769,119
- Mitchells Plain R985,482
- Monte Vista R273,193
- Mowbray R1,488,830
- Newlands R213,436
- Nyanga R692,988
- Observatory R403,701
- Old Crossroads R253,080
- Parow R527,149
- Pinelands R1,456,971
- Rondebosch/Rosebank R1,977,597
- Stellenbosch R849,470
- Wynberg R368,132
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. The following figures reflect income generated for CTO partners in local business in 2016 and 2017:
- Scenic manufacturing and construction material suppliers: R4.1-million
- Costume manufacturing and fabric wholesalers: R2.9-million
- Guesthouse accommodation: R1.8-million
- Music coaches, choreographers, conductors, directors and artists: R2.8-million
- Ground transportation: R620,000
- Venue and equipment hire: R506,000
South African vocalists are exceptionally talented. To provide a sustainable livelihood for these artists, CTO provides access to world stages, while generating foreign direct investment into the local economy via international touring. As a result of tours to Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, England, Wales, Ireland, Holland, Argentina, Dubai and Hong Kong, 215 jobs for South African artists were created and R36-million in investment was generated for South Africa over the 2016 and 2017 period.
Whether you discovered Cape Town Opera during one of our tours abroad, or are a South African who wants to support Africa’s premier opera company, the easiest way to show your appreciation for Cape Town Opera is to donate online via GivenGain to the Make-A-Difference Campaign.
This platform allows you to make a contribution of any amount.
Donate now: https://www.givengain.com/c/capetownopera/
Should you have any queries, please contact Dawn Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME A PATRON
Make every opera a truly magical experience and join a special group of people who, through their unflagging support, keep opera thriving in Cape Town.
Patronage consists of four levels with escalating benefits:
Bronze R 5 000
Silver R 10 000
Gold R 15 000
Platinum R 30 000
Some of the privileges you will enjoy include:
• Complimentary tickets to South African performances
• Priority booking for all CTO performances
• Acknowledgement in all CTO programmes and online
• First-hand insight into the behind-the-scenes process of producing opera
• Invitation to patrons-only events and receptions
As a patron you ensure the sustainability of Cape Town Opera’s high artistic standards, the training of our young artists and the continuation of our outreach work.
“Supporting one of the finest operatic choruses is reward enough for patronage. However, it is a pleasure to contribute to CTO’s success in nurturing South Africa’s outstanding pool of musicians, thereby enabling them to further their careers here and abroad.”
Richard and Catherine Lomberg
“Becoming patrons of the opera has enriched our lives enormously.”
Laurie and Rita Chiappini
“We support Cape Town Opera for the sheer love and pleasure of music and the opportunity that CTO provides for advancement and training of the musical talent we have in the Western Province.”
Geoff and Rosemary Evans
To become a Patron of Cape Town Opera, please contact Melanie Daniels: email@example.com or 021 410 9807
UK Friends of Cape Town Opera Trust
The UK Friends of Cape Town Opera Trust is a group of supporters who enjoys and support Cape Town Opera’s work at home and abroad. The trustees host an Annual Fundraising Concert in London in support of CTO.
For more information about the UK Friends of Cape Town Opera Trust, contact Melanie Daniels: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 410 9807
Make a bequest
A legacy gift is a generous gesture towards safeguarding the future of Southern Africa’s premier opera company. If opera has enriched your life, you may decide to share the love of opera with future generations by including CTO in your will.
Whether you have been inspired by our local operas, education and outreach work, or touring productions, your legacy will make an indelible mark on whichever area of the company you decide to support, ensuring that you will be remembered alongside the work that you love.
If you leave a bequest, Cape Town Opera will ensure that you are acknowledged appropriately.
To discuss this matter in confidence, please contact Dawn Kennedy on 021 410 9903 or email@example.com. Cape Town Opera promises to treat all correspondence and discussions with the utmost confidence. Any information you give does not involve you in any binding agreement.