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Township Opera Company

Township Opera Company

Township Opera Company

Joining us in the studio is an opera company with a difference the Township Opera Company. The Cape Town based company consists of artists who are all established opera singers from the townships of Cape Town but they are also the ones who run it.

The idea for the company had been in the pipelines for years even though it was only established in September 2018, due to financial difficulties. There are 24 members primarily owners of the company, with most of being former UCT students. They eventually managed to get a loan from the Voices of Cape Town choir, to finally be able to establish the company. The idea of the company came about from Lungile Jacobs, who combined forces with the Voices of Cape Town, and the Chamber Choir. This was to be able to give opera singers from the townships, a platform to perform, as well as ownership of the company, as they are now all shareholders within it. This was because they wanted to give the artists ownership over their own sound and music, and to not be dependent on other people.

They are a self funded company, with all of the members are equal partners. Currently they have done two productions which are Mandela: Music & Spoken word, it included all of Mandela’s speeches.

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