Cape Town Opera relies on donations, grants and contributions from a range of local donors to connect and work with its communities. Donor contributions allow CTO to provide the following initiatives at no cost to these beneficiaries:
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
CTO works with over 3500 youth and 80 schools each year in a huge variety and breadth of communities throughout South Africa, bringing professional singers, pianists, coaches and accompanists to disadvantaged and rural schools across the country under the banner of Opera Is My First Language. Our initiatives include a four-week National Schools Tour, a Rural Western Cape Provincial Choir Festival, West Coast choral training in the town of Vredenburg, Cape Town-based secondary school learner arts skills workshops, disability and arts access to professional opera performances (including sign language interpretation, both English and Xhosa surtitles and backstage tours) and a CTO Youth Choir trained for professional opera and concert performances.
CTO partners with Jazz Hands to provide sign language interpretation at opera performances for hearing-impaired adults and learners from Khayelitsha-based Noluthando School for the Deaf and Wynberg-based Dominican School for the Deaf. In addition, Khayelitsha-based Lathi-tha LSEN (Learners with Special Educational Needs) School is an active participant in CTO’s Opera is My First Language education initiatives.