The ancient song-line of Australia’s Indigenous people is brought to life by acclaimed Yorta Yorta Soprano and Composer Deborah Cheetham. Together with the music of Puccini, Catalani, Cilea, Dvorák, Strauss and Vaughn Williams, Cheetham is joined on stage by Tabla Master Pandit Sengupta and one of Australia's most exciting new music ensembles, Rubiks Collective – for the premiere of her latest composition Article 27. Based on the 27th article of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and translated in to the ancient language of the Pintubi people, this is music at its most evocative. Accompanied by Pianist Toni Lalich, this is a unique narrative recital by one of Australia’s most admired performers, not to be missed.
Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Deborah 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. Short Black Opera Café, Death Scenes and Drama Queens and ‘Til The Black Lady Sings were early successes for Deborah Cheetham combining her talents as a writer, performer and entrepreneur. ‘Til the Black Lady Sings has toured to London, New York, Eastern Europe and around Australia for almost a decade. Deborah’s early career was shaped by an opportunity to study in New York with vocal coaches and repetiteurs from the Metropolitan Opera and Julliard School of Music. Upon returning to Australia, Deborah created her first major work, the critically acclaimed White Baptist Abba Fan and toured extensively with this show for the next five years. The success of Pecan Summer led to the creation of Short Black Opera Company, a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the discovery and development of Indigenous opera singers. As Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Company Deborah Cheetham has assisted many Indigenous singers to find their voice through the powerful medium of opera. Successive seasons of Pecan Summer have included performances at the Melbourne Arts Centre (Melbourne 2011), WA State Theatre Centre (Perth 2012) and Her Majesty’s Theatre (Adelaide 2014) and the award winning Sydney Opera House production in 2016.In March 2015 Ms Cheetham was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.Read more