The Africa Voices Trust is proud to present it's next development programme in Opera, scheduled to start in July 2015. Applications officially open on Friday 24 April 2015 and the deadline for recommendations is 29 May 2015. The programme offers Leadership through Music focusing on career development, performance excellence and industry professionalism.

The 2015 Programme is dedicated to Opera due to the demand identified in this genre and is aimed at building upon the knowledge and experience already gained by dedicated up and coming artists in this field. The Africa Voices Programme is a "master class" which empowers talented local artists and will be valuable to both individuals who have gained experiential skills, as well as individuals who have pursued academic studies in Opera.

Opera is a live performance based genre, and so the programme will be focussed on refining live performance skills as well as training participants to function as effective, professional artists in this often high stress and audition-based world. The genre requires of artists to be able to work in many different environments, and so participants need to be prepared for a very intense and demanding programme - designed to prepare them to work anywhere in the world, under the most challenging career conditions possible.

Selected participants of the 2015 programme will all be considered for the Caroli Singing Award in 2016. The Caroli Singing Award is an exciting new initiative launched through an affiliation with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. The award consists of the opportunity to travel to Germany for 10 days in order to experience the inner workings of an internationally acclaimed opera house and have the opportunity to audition for the Young Artists Programme of the Bayerische Staatsoper. 

The programme is seeking nominations of potential participants that come highly recommended by respected individuals and entities within the creative industry. The Africa Voices Trust invites you to recommend individuals that you feel are showing great promise - vocalists you believe in and who have the potential to develop into standard bearers as artists with the right guidance and support.

There is no academic requirement to gain entry to the programme - unlike many other professions, musical talent and potential are not effectively determined by accomplishment alone.  Participation in the programme itself is at no cost to successful applicants as funds for these expenses are raised by the Africa Voices Trust. 

The programme will be held in Cape Town. Applications are open to individuals from across the country, however individuals not living in the Mother City would need to be prepared to travel to or relocate to Cape Town for the duration of the programme. 

The programme will consist of 8 to 12 young lead singers. All voice types are welcome. 

Prospective candidates will need to be formally nominated by either a music professional or an educational or other music institution by means of submitting a recommendation form. Initial selection is made from all received recommendation forms, upon which selected artists will be contacted to submit a participant application form as well as a motivational essay. Once all participant applications have been reviewed, a shortlist of prospective candidates will be required to attend a live audition and interview in front of an independent panel of judges. 

Please refer to the online recommendation form here:

The closing date for recommendations is 29 May 2015.

Should you prefer that the recommendation forms be sent to your e-mail address, please request for us to do so at

For further queries, please contact the Africa Voices Trust Director:

Jessica Schnehage
+27 021 786 4451