Established in 1999, Cape Town Opera is a locally revered and globally acclaimed institution that has always endeavoured to be part of the growth of South Africa’s cultural landscape. Innovative, progressive, contemporary, relevant, accessible, ambitious, inspiring and successful, our multi-award-winning organisation celebrated its 21st year as a cultural and educational asset for Cape Town and South Africa in 2020.  And throughout this difficult landmark year, it managed to keep its head high, sustain its staff and provide support to the creative community that constitutes its network.

During the difficult months of lockdown and theatre closures, Cape Town Opera developed innovative ways of continuing aspects of its programme, whether by working through virtual portals or by developing intimate productions in settings that are sensitive to the current crisis. The company also continued its work providing education and training to those in need, expanding channels of accessibility so that it could reach as many people as possible.

Despite the great contributions from our loyal patrons and supporters, to continue doing this fantastic work we need your help.

Whether you are able to contribute with a donation or would be willing to share our request with friends and colleagues, any help would be greatly appreciated. Our artists may never get the opportunity to thank you personally, but your donation, in whatever form, will go a long way to ensuring the survival of a community of beautiful voices – and it will help keep alive the creative village that is able to not only potentially find these voices but also to sustain them.

What your donation to Cape Town Opera supports

Donor support is vital to the company and contributes to the many types of expenses incurred year-round. These include providing a sustainable livelihood for our artists and musicians, coaching fees, venue hire, transport costs, fuel and insurance, office administration, technology costs, set design, costume design, set building, costume making, hair and make-up artists, videography, photography, accommodation as well as the costs involved in delivering our Youth Development and Education programme.

How to support us

As a registered Non-Profit Company (Reg no. 99/17712/06), Cape Town Opera relies solely on donor support. Donation options include: Once-off or Monthly donation, Patron Donor Programme, Bequests, Corporate Support, Trust and Foundation Support and Government Funding.  All of these are key components of our income stream, which is supplemented by ticket sales.

Please email Lesley Liddle, Cape Town Opera’s Business Development Manager and indicate your preferred means of support.

I’d like to support Cape Town Opera

  • I’d like to discuss ways in which a corporate entity, trust or foundation can be involved.
  • I’d love to make a once-off donation of
  • I’d like to arrange a monthly donation via debit order of  R100; R200; R300; R400; R500 or more
  • I’m interested in including the Cape Town Opera Company in my estate. If opera has enriched your life, you may decide to share the love of opera with future generations by including Cape Town Opera in your will. 
  • I’d like to be a Cape Town Opera patron.

Calendar year patron donor programme

Patronage consists of five levels.

R5000+   BRONZE                           R10,000+   SILVER                           R15,000+   GOLD                             R30,000+ PLATINUM                                  R100,000+   DIAMOND

Cape Town Opera banking details

South African banking details:
Account name: The Cape Town Opera Company
Account number: 1232012491
Branch code: 123209

UK Banking details:
CAF cash account
UK Friends of Cape Town Opera
A/C number: 00034851
Sort code 405240
IBAN: GB86CAFB40524000034851