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Karijini Experience

  • Karijini Banjima Dr Karijini, WA, 6751 Australia (map)

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".