Biography

 

Lyric Soprano, Shauntai Batzke is touching the hearts of Australia and overseas with her luscious Soprano and strong stage presence.
 
A principal artist with Australia’s one and only indigenous Opera Company Short Black Opera and an alumni of the Melba Opera Trust.
 
Some highlights include; singing O Mio Babbino Caro at the inauguration of the Victorian Governor the honourable Ms Linda Dessau in 2015. In 2015 and 2016, travelling to New York to participate in the Canto de las Americas Programme and performance (at Steinway and Son’s Showroom NYC and Long Island) with artists and maestros from the Metropolitan Opera House through Belle Arti Center for the Arts NY.
 
Also in 2016 making her Sydney Opera House debut as ‘Old Alice’ in Deborah Cheetham’s opera Pecan Summer, which led to two BroadwayWorld Australia – Sydney Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in an Opera. In 2017 making her soprano solo debut in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Melbourne Recital Centre and being selected to participate in the Acclaim Awards Masterclass Series 2017 and in 2018 made her international debut singing in the Kaurna Language of the Adelaide Plains as Soprano 2 with the Zephyr Quartet in Australian Dance Theatres production of ‘The Beginning of Nature’ in Amsterdam, Holland.
 
Shauntai began singing as an inspirational and Gospel singer songwriter and has now spent the last 7 years developing and embracing this stunning genre of opera and in doing so completed a Foundation in Music Performance and Bachelor of Music with Melbourne University.
 
Shauntai has participated in master classes and received coaching 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 highlights include; Palm Island Centenary fundraising Gala Dinner 2017, Opera in the Gorge 2017 as part of the Karijini Experience 2017; The Beginning of Nature, at WOMADelaide 2016 with Australian Dance Theatre and 2018 in Amsterdam; RICERCAR, Present Tense Ensemble; Native Dignity, part of the inaugural Blak & Bright Festival 2016, Fidelio, Melbourne Opera; Showboat, The Production Company and Corrugation Road, Black Swan Theatre.
 
 
Alongside Shauntai’s operatic career, she is an established Inspirational Singer/Songwriter. Nominated for Most Promising Talent in Music at the 2005 Deadly Awards and a regular on Wesley Impact , Channel 9 and has sung on and been featured on both Archie Roach and Bart Willoughby’s albums. Shauntai writes to inspire the listener, to bring hope and a future through the medium of music. She is a founding member of Soul4GIVE, founded by her husband, Torres Strait Islander Poet Robbie Batzke.  https://www.slideshare.net/s4g/Soul4GIVE-Presentation-Current-1054193.

‘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.

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2 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hi Shauntai,

    I’ve been given your name by one of our generous supporters, who saw you perform last year. Unfortunately, the number she gave me does not work!

    I’m making contact from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, based in Richmond, VIC. We are a Year 7 program for Indigenous students from remote NT and regional VIC. Students spend one year with us undertaking an accelerated academic program, embedded in a wellbeing program that celebrates Country, culture, community and family and empowers our students to walk with pride down here.

    We’d love to meet you!
    Kind regards,
    Nichola

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