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

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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

Short Black Opera Song for NAIDOC Part of series: Yinga-bul


Celebrate NAIDOC Week in style with Short Black Opera

Song for NAIDOC is set to elevate this special time of celebration to a whole new level, quite literally with a concert featuring acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO and members of her Short Black Opera Company – Shauntai Batzke, Jessica Hitchcock, Zoy Frangos and John Wayne Parsons (baritone).

Together they join forces with special guest artists, Michael Lapina and Eddie Muliamasalei’i to raise the roof and the temperature!

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

Booking Information

Thursday 7 July 2016 7pm

Duration: 1 hour 15 min (no interval)


Standard $25 ($15 Concession)

This concert is set in in-the-round. Seating in the Salon is general admission.

Purchase the Yinga-bul three-concert package and save!

Standard $60 ($35 Concession)


A Transaction Fee between $5.50 and $8 applies to orders made online and by phone. A Delivery Fee of up to $5.50 may also apply.


Shauntai heads to New York again in 2016!

Shauntai is excited to announce that she has been invited back to NEW YORK to take part in the Belle Arti Center for the Arts L.L.C’s Cantos de las Americas again this August!!!

Her return to New York City will include further vocal studies for a second consecutive year and allow her the opportunity to take what she has worked on this last year to the next level, including opera roles and will put her in fine stead for her Sydney Opera House debut with Short Black Opera upon her immediate return.

This year, participants of the program (canto de las americas)will be selected to perform as guest soloists with the Queens Symphony Orchestra in the 2017-2018 season!!

(Wow wouldn’t that be something!!)

Shauntai wants to thank the following people for their ongoing support. Her family and friends , Short Black Opera, Melba Opera Trust, her voice teacher Liane Keegan, Belle Arti Center for the Arts, Veronica Villarroel and the Australia Council for the Arts for granting funds towards this amazing OPERAtunity in New York!