Shauntai Batzke is touching the hearts of Australia and overseas audiences with her strong stage presence and luscious Soprano. In September 2016, Shauntai made her Sydney Opera House debut as ‘Old Alice’ in Short Black Opera’s 5th season of Pecan Summer, which led to two BroadwayWorld Australia – Sydney Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in an Opera. Shauntai is a developing artist with Short Black Opera Company, Australia’s National Indigenous Opera Company and was the proud recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Harold Blair Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust after and whilst completing her Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne.
In July 2017, Shauntai will make her lead Soprano debut in Brahms German Requiem at the Melbourne Recital Centre with the ‘Star Chorale’, alongside Baritone Lucas De Jong and under the masterful baton of Dr Kathleen McGuire.
In July 2015, Shauntai had the privilege of singing at the inauguration of the new Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM at Government House in Melbourne. She also participated in the ‘Canto De Las Americas’ vocal workshops at the Belle Arti Center for the Arts, New York. After intensive training with industry leaders from The Metropolitan Opera House, Shauntai performed at the Steinway & Sons showroom, New York. In 2016 Shauntai was invited back to Belle Arti Center for the Arts, New York, for further training and is planning for another return in 2017 to work with Belle Arti and Veronica Villaroel, Lucy Arner, Fransisco Casanova and Simon Saad and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Shauntai made her operatic debut in 2010 in Pecan Summer, written by Deborah Cheetham AO. She featured in the role of “Old Alice” in the subsequent three seasons of the opera, in 2011, 2012 & 2014 and then in 2016 at the Sydney Opera House. Shauntai has participated in master classes and has coached with some of the world’s greatest international maestros, repetiteurs, directors and singers like; Malcolm Martineau (UK), Chuck Hudson (USA), Veronica Villaroel (USA/Chile), Yvonne Kenny (UK), David Aronson (Vienna) Simon O’Neil (NZ), Sharolyn Kimmorely (AUS), Daria Masiero (ITALY), Lucy Arner (USA) Simon Saad (USA) to name a few. Other productions include; Opera in the Gorge 2017 as part of the Karijini Experience 2017; The Beginning of Nature, at WOMADelaide 2016 with Australian Dance Theatre; RICERCAR, Present Tense Ensemble; Fidelio, Melbourne Opera; Showboat, The Production Company and Corrugation Road, Black Swan Theatre.
Shauntai is also an established Inspirational and Gospel singer/songwriter and from 2009 has been a regular singer on Wesley Impact TV, Channel 9 & ACC Foxtel. In 2007 Shauntai received a nomination for Most Promising New Talent at the Deadly Awards andirons 2012, Shauntai was featured in Archie Roach’s album as part of the Gospel ensemble Into the Bloodstream and in the official video clip of Song to Sing from that same album.
‘Soprano, Shauntai Batzke (a recipient of the prestigious 2014 Harold Blair Opera Scholarship and Wiradjuri woman), performed ‘Womin Jeka’ (Welcome) and was utterly beguiling with her stage presence.’ Australian Stage.
‘…through to Shauntai Batzke’s electrifying soprano, every note is a joy.’ Arts Hub
‘The luscious soprano voice of Shauntai Batzke, recently returned from an intensive vocal course in New York, was featured in some of the excerpts from Pecan Summer and a very lovely Donde Lieta from La Bohème.’ Classic Melbourne, Music news & views