Cape Town Opera is the largest, permanent opera company in Southern Africa, offering employment and training to the enormous wealth of talented young singers in our country. As a registered charity we rely strongly on the generosity of individuals, trusts and companies.  Established in 1999, Cape Town Opera is a Section 21 Non-Profit Company and Public Benefit Organisation, with a Level 1 BBBEE rating.  Below are the various ways in which you or your organisation can contribute to Opera in South Africa.


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


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. Your gift will ensure that opera is kept alive.
For more information or to discuss this matter in confidence, please contact Lesléy Liddle.


The easiest way to show your appreciation for Cape Town Opera is to donate online via GivenGain or to the Make-A-Difference Campaign, where you can make a contribution of any amount.

Donate now:
To support Cape Town Opera, contact Lesléy Liddle at or 021 410 9807.



The UK Friends of Cape Town Opera is a registered charity in the UK, run by supporters who promote Cape Town Opera’s work at home and abroad in training young South African opera artists. The trustees host an annual fundraising concert in London; 2018 will mark the seventh such event, to be held in October. For more information, contact the UK Friends of Cape Town Opera at Registered charity number 1175984. Trustee Chair: Lady (Mary) Hatch; Trustees: Mr Martin Campbell-White, Mr Ivan Fallon, Mr Niall Gallagher, Mr Peter Rogan, Ms Susan Smith