New appointments at Cape Town Opera


The Mother City’s world class opera company Cape Town Opera continues to grow from strength to strength attracting some of the finest creative talents our multifaceted country has to offer.

We are pleased to announce some key appointments and look forward to the energy and expertise they bring to Cape Town Opera.

Matthew Wild

Matthew Wild

Matthew joins Cape Town Opera on the 1st of April 2015 and his key role is to consolidate, enhance and develop the artistic reputation of Cape Town Opera both locally and internationally. Wild is known as one of the most versatile and prolific South African theatre directors of his generation, staging operas, musicals, new plays and classic texts at home and abroad, his new position at Cape Town Opera will include the development and planning of the artistic agenda for the company; providing creative leadership on all projects; developing the annual artistic programme; casting and appointment of creative teams for all productions; custodian of artistic standards within the company; leveraging national and international networks for the development of the company. [GARD]

Cape Town Opera’s Board Chairperson congratulated Wild on his appointment and said, “We are pleased that the continuation of Cape Town Opera’s world class productions is vested in your very capable hands. With your initiative, energy, and immense creativity, we look forward to your realising the creative potential that Cape Town Opera offers.”

Matthew Wild succeeds Christine Crouse.

For further information on Matthew Wild


2015 Studio members are Mandla Mndebele, Fikile Mtethwa, Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Palesa Malieloa, Khanyiso Gwenxane, Sibabalwe Yoko.

Our 2015 Studio members are Mandla Mndebele, Fikile Mtethwa, Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Palesa Malieloa, Khanyiso Gwenxane, Sibabalwe Yoko. The group is managed by Cape Town Opera’s Head vocal coach Ean Smit.

Cape Town Opera’s two year training programme for postgraduate opera singers is the only of its kind in South Africa and well known for launching aspiring young opera singers onto the professional stage. A number of now well-known performing artists on the current international circuit received advanced, specialized training and gained valuable experience as members of the Studio. The importance of this intermittent phase when prime vocal potential is nurtured through personal mentorship and expert artistic guidance cannot be overestimated. It is not unusual for classical singing careers to be ruined midway through often irreversible vocal problems, due to inadequate training, wrong classification of voice type or singing unsuitable repertoire. [GARD]

The young singers receive weekly individual coaching sessions at Artscape Theatre Centre and the UCT College of Music Opera School, incorporating the following skills training: advanced vocal technique; learning, mastering and performance of specialized repertoire suited to each singer’s particular voice type; performances in concerts and fully staged opera productions and outreach work at schools with learners aged between ten and eighteen. These activities are not limited to the Cape Metropole; concerts and outreach activities range from small community events in Langebaan and Kimberley, to performances at National Parliament and on prestigious international stages. They are also afforded the opportunity to compete in voice competitions and perform with world famous singers and renowned conductors.

David Butlin

David Butlin

David recently returned to South Africa after pursuing his musical studies as a vocalist and opera coach in New York City. Having studied at both The Manhattan School of Music, where he obtained his Master’s degree in music, and at UCT’s South African College of Music (BMus), David is elated to be back in South Africa and to be working with Cape Town Opera.

Christine Crouse

Christine joined CTO in 2003 as Opera Organiser, and became Artistic Director in 2005, and has now been appointed as Head of CTO’s Community Outreach and Education department. Two of Crouse’s most engaging projects are Amabali ethu and the National Schools Tour which is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Western Cape Government’s Education and Public Works programme. 

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.
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