Why Indigenous Opera

Short Black Opera

Meet our Artistic Director

Deborah Cheetham AO

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.

In 2009, Deborah established Short Black Opera as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous opera singers. The following year she produced the premier of her first opera Pecan Summer. This landmark work is Australia’s first Indigenous opera and has been a vehilce for the development on a new generation of Indigenous opera singers. In 2016 Pecan Summer will head to the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House for a 5th season.

To meet Deborah in person just click on the SBO mantra: discovery  development  delivery


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Shining a light on Indigenous talent

Our National Talent Identification tours provide talented Indigenous singers who wish to pursue a career in the world of classical vocal music with the opportunity to audition for Short Black Opera Artist Development Program.

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Creating pathways

Through intensive training programs with industry professionals in Melbourne, Short Black Opera helps to develop new vocal talent within Indigenous communities by creating pathways to tertiary study in the performing arts.

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Short Black Opera has a busy annual schedule of performances throughout the year. Booking Short Black Opera for your special event is easy email shortblack@me.com


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