Professional Development Day: Dhungala Choral Connection Songbook
Apr.
28
10:30 am10:30

Professional Development Day: Dhungala Choral Connection Songbook

Join Deborah Cheetham AO and Jessica Hitchcock as they guide you through the cultural stories and language pronounciation of each of these unique songs, suitable for primary and lower secondary school students. This workshop is a collabotation between Short Black Opera and The Boite Schools Chorus 2019.

Participants will recieve a copy of the Song Book and CD on the day.

Price for event will be $60 
Payment options for the event will be available on the day via Credit Card, Paypass or cash.

The day includes a 1hr lunch break.

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Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace
Jun.
15
7:00 pm19:00

Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace

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.

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Karijini Experience
Apr.
19
3:00 pm15:00

Karijini Experience

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

We are honored that Deborah will be returning to present the Opera in the Gorge with a WASO String Quartet, in the intimate and stunning setting of Kalamina Gorge - only a handful of people have the opportunity to experience this immersive performance. 

Deborah Cheetham established Short Black Opera as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous singers. The following year she produced the premiere of her first opera Pecan Summer. This landmark work was Australia's first Indigenous opera and has been a vehicle for the development of a new generation of Indigenous opera singers.

Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for "distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance".

karijini
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Songs of Belonging
Mar.
28
7:30 pm19:30

Songs of Belonging

The ancient song-line of Australia’s Indigenous people is brought to life by acclaimed Soprano, Composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Deborah Cheetham, through a unique narrative recital and powerful commentary which focuses on themes of belonging and human rights.

With Australian Consulate-General, Mumbai and Avid Learning, we present Songs of Belonging – a special operatic performance featuring admired Australian and Indian performers, where indigenous aboriginal music comes together with classical western and contemporary Australian sounds along with Indian percussion.

This unique performance will be led by Cheetham, who will be accompanied by Pianist Toni Lalich, as she shares her unique life story and traces the journey she has embarked on to discover her sense of belonging.

Together with the music of legendary European composers such as Puccini, Catalani, Cilea, Dvorák, Strauss and Vaughn Williams, Cheetham will also be joined on stage by Tabla Master Pandit Sengupta and Contemporary Art Music Ensemble Rubiks Collective – one of Australia's most exciting new music ensembles, for the premiere of her latest composition Article 27, based on the 27th article of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and translated into the ancient language of the Pintubi people to create an evocative musical piece.

This production is presented as a part of Australia Fest, a festival celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity, creativity, and dynamism through major events across India.

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