Cape Town Opera (CTO) has partnered with St Mary’s Primary School for the last five years to create top class musical productions to showcase the talents of the learners. CTO’s voice coaches, music teachers at the school and learners have successfully staged adaptations of various operas such as “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Magic Flute”, “Don Pasquale” and other well-known stage pieces. Over the last few weeks, CTO’s award-winning chorus has worked with young learners which culminated in a choral concert at the Retreat community hall on Thursday 30 May.Choral favourites sung at the concert included “I will follow him” (from Sister Act) and “Java Jive” (I love coffee, I love tea) and wonderful African spirituals. The excitement of the learners was visible on their faces, as they delivered the songs in their repertoire with great enthusiasm.Senior citizens from the Douglas Murray Home for the Aged attended the final dress rehearsal performance at the St Mary’s School.“I spoke to some of them after the concert and they were beaming with delight and so thrilled to have heard the angelic voices of the learners and the powerful voices of the Cape Town Opera Chorus,” said CTO’s marketing manager, Lesley Liddle.Parents, family and friends were invited to the final performance that evening.She continued: “Last week we were at Phandulwazi High School in Philippi. There, a group of 40 learners staged a new youth musical, Ubizo (the Calling) which is based on themes of the myth of “Orpheé et Eurydice”, by Christoph Willibald Gluck which CTO will perform at the Baxter Theatre Centre in September. “We were so inspired to see high school learners attending a musical on a Friday afternoon instead of rushing off to start their weekend. They were super excited to see their peers perform onstage.”Liddle acknowledged that these shows would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the Maria Marina Foundation.“We’re so thankful for their support of bringing opera to the people,” she said.