Our Projects

short black opera is dedicated to creating projects that foster indigenous talent and leadership, not only in the realm of opera but also classical and contemporary music. here are a few of the many projects short black opera will be delivering in 2019:

woven song

The Woven Song, Embassy Tapestry Project is the latest international project by Short Black Opera featuring nine new compositions by Deborah Cheetham AO. The project celebrates works of art from an ancient culture, reinterpreted and recreated by the exceptional weavers at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, inspiring a contemporary response in current classical music practice.


Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace brings into focus a period of Australia’s history that is yet to be fully understood. Written and composed by acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, this requiem for peace, will be sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.

Dhungala choral connection song book

This beautiful collection of songs features the experiences and languages of Aboriginal Children from around Australia. Written and composed by Deborah Cheetham and Jessica Hitchcock through the Short Black Opera for Kids program, this valuable resource will reveal the beauty and complexity of Aboriginal languages through the powerful medium of song.