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Shirley Sutherland


Shirley has received her National Higher Diploma in Opera at Pretoria Technikon in 2001under the tutelage of Eric Muller.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a Performers Diploma with Sarita Stern, she performed with The Black Tie Ensemble. Then she returned to Cape Town to complete 2 years with Cape Town Opera’s Studio and a B.Mus Honours at UCT.  She has received the Cape Times Best Actress Award for her role of Roxy in ‘Chicago’ and has performed in oratorios with The Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. This year she performed ‘Rusalka’ with NorrlandsOperan which toured to Sweden and in ‘Showboat’ directed by Janice Honeyman, which was performed in Germany.

She is currently the voice teacher and choir mistress at Reddam College and Bergvliet High School in Cape Town, while continuing to promote her very successful opera outreach programme introducing opera to children of all cultural backgrounds throughout the Western Cape.

Shirley recently visited Casta Diva for the most amazing private concert, it was unbelievable to hear the development that her voice made