By Deborah Cheetham. Short Black Opera Company. Director: Deborah Cheetham. Musical Director: Dr David Kram. Choreographer: Sermah Bin Saad. Playhouse Theatre, the Arts Centre. September 28 - 30, 2011
Deborah Cheetham is a very talented and busy lady. Apart from being Australia’s highest-profile indigenous opera singer, she is also a composer, librettist, director and administrator. All this has come together in Pecan Summer, the first Indigenous Australian opera, words and music by Deborah, who also directs and stars.
After an off-Broadway style world premiere in Mooroopna last year, where the second act is set, the opera opened at the Arts Centre last night to a standing ovation. This was not surprising.