It is our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the enchantment of live orchestral and operatic performances. At Cape Town Opera, our commitment is not limited to creating beautiful stage productions. We place equal emphasis on building bridges that connect communities and foster a love for the arts among all.

Below are just a few of the ways in which Cape Town Opera is a leader in providing accessibility to the arts.

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Free Access for Schools, Youth, and the Elderly.

We extend a warm welcome to schools, youth, and the elderly who wish to attend Orchestra Dress Rehearsals, Final Dress Rehearsals, and Matinee performances for free.

Neville Alexander Award for Multilingualism

In October 2022, Cape Town Opera received the prestigious Neville Alexander Award for the promotion of multilingualism. Awarded by the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, this accolade reflects our dedication to celebrating linguistic diversity in our performances and engagement.

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Accessibility Measures for All

Cape Town Opera collaborates with Jazz Hands to enhance accessibility at select opera performances, offering sign language interpretation for our Deaf or hearing-impaired audience members, along with audio descriptions for patrons who are Blind or are visually-impaired. For performances attended by learners, we provide comprehensive support, including transportation to and from the show. These measures aim to break barriers and make our performances inclusive for everyone.

Multilingual Surtitles

Recognizing the importance of language representation, we feature surtitles in two of South Africa’s 12 official languages, isiXhosa and English, at all of our performances. We also feature sign language interpretation at select performances, ensuring that audience members from diverse linguistic backgrounds can fully immerse themselves in the rich storytelling of opera.

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