Make a Difference & CTO's 21st Birthday Campaign: 2020!

Not even the tip of Africa is out of reach of the magic of opera, and for the past 21 years Cape Town Opera (CTO) has been the Mother City’s custodian of this enduring and wondrous art form.

CTO’s special birthday in 2020 promises to be much more than a coming-of-age event. This intrepid company, its loyal and supportive members and patrons, past and present, will celebrate its achievements and the outstanding manner in which it has grappled with change and transformation over the past two decades. Today opera stands at the heart of cultural life in Cape Town and CTO is proudly representative of this country and its people.

Cape Town Opera’s 21st anniversary is a significant marker in the company’s journey, but our work is far from done, not while South Africa has voices of the calibre of Pretty Yende and Levy Sekgapane. To continue training such voices and giving them exposure on local and international stages will require a special effort, particularly on the financial front. Help us swell the pool of opera talent in South Africa.

Your contribution to Cape Town Opera will support:

Our 2020 singers: CTO's 17 chorus and 4 Young Artist soloists 

Our 2020 opera season in Cape Town: La bohème, Fidelio and Hänsel und Gretel at Artscape, Così fan tutte at the Baxter and Curlew River and Amagokra at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute

Our 2020 concerts in Cape Town: Kirstenbosch Gardens Summer Concert with Pumeza Matshikiza, Lord! Come Away! British music for voices and strings at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium and Grace Notes at Sacred Heart Catholic and St Martini Churches

Our 2020 youth development and education initiatives: the National Schools Tour, disability and youth access to opera performances, Eden District rural choir festival, West Coast choral training, weekend arts career workshops and CTO’s first youth choir

We are a non-profit company and a public benefit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa, and the only full time opera company in the country.



  1. Annicia Manyaapelo

    28 June

  2. William Benjamin

    4 January

  3. Fiona Gordon-Turner

    27 September 2017

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