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Cape Town Opera

As Africa’s premier opera company and South Africa’s largest permanent non-profit performing arts organization, Cape Town Opera (CTO) provides permanent employment to young singers, opera practitioners, instructors, and administrators. In addition, annually the company issues an average of 200 ad hoc contracts to artists ranging from choreographers, musicians, directors, conductors, designers, and technicians.

Alongside the classics, CTO fosters the expression of a national identity through the creation and performance of new South African works such as Mandela Trilogy, and Tsotsi, The Musical, based on Athol Fugard’s novel. CTO’s calendar offers an exciting repertoire of opera, operetta, and musicals.

The company maintains an energetic touring schedule that includes Porgy and Bess, African Angels, Mandela Trilogy, African Prophetess, and Showboat. In this way, the CTO serves as a vibrant cultural ambassador showcasing South Africa’s unique singing talent to the rest of the world.

The organization provides unmatched skills development and hands on training to young artists from across the country. CTO’s Youth Development and Education department provides valuable musical training, free of charge, to more than 2,000 learners in rural and township communities each year.