Opera in the Gorge 2017

Here are some pictures from Shauntai’s trip to Karijini for Opera in the Gorge as part of the Karijini Experience 2017! It surely was a beautiful experience both in landscape and performance.

(Pics by Alexandra Oke and Ron Dick. Locations are: Kalamina Gorge and Weano Gorge, Karijini National Park)


Opera in the Gorge 2017

Shauntai will be heading to one of Australia’s most beautiful destinations on the 12th and 14th of April to sing in Opera in the Gorge 2017 as part of the Karijini Experience 2017.

Last year they were extremely blessed to be serenaded by the stunning voices and music of Deborah Cheetham AO, Jessica Hitchcock, Zoy Frangos and Toni Lalich, which received raving reviews and an experience to remember!! People are still talking about it!

This year Opera in the Gorge will showcase the Karijini Wirlarra Ensemble; Shauntai Batzke, Alexandra Oke, Adam Pinto, Patricia Oakley, Jub Clerc, Ronaldo Dick and the WASO String Quartet. Shauntai looks forward taking the Karijini Experience with these beautiful artists as they are surrounded by the natural acoustics of Kalamina Gorge. It’s going to be very special indeed.




Pecan Summer: The Opera on TV!


If you missed the incomparable and unforgettable performance of Deborah Cheetham AO’s Multi Award Winning opera Pecan Summer, Australia’s First Indigenous Opera performed at the Sydney Opera House last Sept 2016, then rest assured.. you can see it up close and personal on NITV! It is available on SBS on Demand for your viewing! Tune in and be sure you have a box of tissues on the side. It will touch your heart and move you. After all it is a story that needs to be told and part of Australia’s history.

See Shauntai in the role of Old Alice – of which she was nominated Best Supporting Actress in an Opera in the BroadwayWorld Australia – Sydney Awards.

Pecan Summer: The Opera – brought to you by Short Black Opera, NITV and Sydney Opera House.



Shauntai nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress in an Opera’ in the 2016 BroadwayWorld Australia Sydney Awards

Shauntai is thrilled to be nominated as Best Supporting Actress in an Opera for her performance as ‘Old Alice’ in Deborah Cheetham’s Pecan Summer. 

To add to this exciting news…

PECAN SUMMER has been nominated in a number of categories…
Best Actress (Deborah Cheetham AO)
Best Actor (John Wayne Parsons or Marcus Corawa or Barry Ryan)
Best Supporting Actress (Shauntai Batzke or Jessica Hitchcock or Karen Cummings)
Best Supporting Actor (Jonathon Welch)
Best Director (Cameron Menzies)
Best Lighting Design (Pecan Summer)
Best Scenic Design (Pecan Summer)
Best Ensemble (Dhungala Children’s Choir or Cummeragunja Residents)
and Best Opera!! (Pecan Summer)





Pecan Summer on ABC Classical FM

14938192_1294595137238836_2206963568925018885_n.jpgHear Shauntai Batzke in her Sydney Opera House debut as ‘Old Alice’ in Deborah Cheetham’s Pecan Summer.

(ABC Classical FM) When Pecan Summer, Australia’s first indigenous opera, premiered at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year, more than half the audience was Aboriginal. They were sitting in the auditorium watching their own story play out on stage.

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta composer and soprano, says it was a dream come true.

She led the 65-strong cast of performers and musicians, which featured both emerging Indigenous opera stars and some of Australia’s most well established singers.





Shauntai in New York 2016!

Here Shauntai is with her fellow participants and Mentors on the afternoon of their final performace in Long Island New York after a week of intensive training at ‘Canto de las Americas’ presented Belle Arti Center for the Arts.

Bravi Tutti!




Songs from the Heart at St Stephens

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 4.19.16 PM.png

Thankyou SO much to everyone that helped Shauntai get to NEW YORK  last year!
It was definitely a lifetime opportunity and she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.

As you may or may not know, she have been invited back by Belle Arti Center for the Arts to participate in Canto Del Las Americas 2016 for further study!

*From among the participants, the faculty will choose the guest soloists for a Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert in the 2017-2018 season.

To assist in  Living Expenses and Private Coachings with some of the best maestros and coaches in New York, she is holding a concert at the beautiful St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Richmond in 2 weeks!

Please join Shauntai and some dear friends in recital at the beautiful
St Stephens Anglican Church Richmond before she heads back to New York for further study and then to the Sydney Opera House to make her SOH debut as Old Alice in Deborah Cheetham’s Pecan Summer!

This event is proudly supported by XL Arts Inc.

TICKETS can be purchased through Trybooking.
$25 Adults
$20 Students/Concession