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Pecan Summer

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Short Black Opera Company presents an exciting new production of Deborah Cheetham's landmark opera, Pecan Summer, at the Sydney Opera House.
By Deborah Cheetham AO
Date: September 12, 2016
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Sixty thousand years of Yorta Yorta history. 70 years of dispossession. The summer of 1939 will change the lives of the people of Cummeragunja forever. Alice is nine years old. Her family is her entire world. Alice's world is about to be torn apart. 

Opportunities to view Australia's history through an Indigenous lens are rare in the world of opera. Cheetham's Pecan Summer is a landmark opera for the 21st century, a contemporary opera for Indigenous Australians, a story for all Australians. 

"This is a milestone in Australian opera. It should be widely seen both here and overseas, for a number of reasons. Firstly, because it is good. It is also a wonderful vehicle showcasing an amazing array of Indigenous operatic talent. It tells an important story which has relevance to all Australians, and anywhere where there are minority communities who have suffered at the hands of an oppressive majority. Bravi to all involved, and brava, Deborah Cheetham." 

Sandra Bowdler, Opera Britannia, 14/9/12  

"That Pecan Summer is a highly important work for this country, both creatively and culturally, seems undeniable… Deborah Cheetham is to be commended as writer, composer, singer and director; but she is also to be championed for addressing, head-on via this opera's simple but powerful storytelling, a deep wound in the Australian psyche surrounding the Stolen Generations." 

 An Opera for all Seasons. Part 2, Graham Strahle, Music Australia 31/07/14 

Performed in English and Yorta Yorta  

Standard     $60 - $140
Australian Pensioner     $50 - $120
Australian Senior     $50 - $120
Children Under 12     $35 - $100
Full-Time Student     $35 - $120
Groups of 8 or more     $50 - $130
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Score and Libretto   Deborah Cheetham AO
Conductor   Dr David Kram
Director   Cameron Menzies
Art Concept Wayne Quilliam
Design   Ample Projects
Costumes  Alexis de Silva
Ella  Deborah Cheetham AO
Old Alice  Shauntai Batzke
Young Alice  Jessica Hitchcock
James  John Wayne Parsons
McGuiggan/The Vagrant  Barry Ryan OAM
Bill  Eddie Muliaumaseali'i
The Minister's Wife  Rosamund Illing
The Minister/Michael  Jonathon Welch AM
Gomuka  Jennifer Williams
Dunatpan Sermsah Bin Saad
Young Man 1 Michael Butchard
Young Man 2 Simon Lobelson
Young Woman  Laura King
Jimmy   Eddie Bryant 
Elizabeth   Vonda Last
Frances   Minjarra Atkinson
Mrs Joyce   Patricia Oakley
Mrs Harrison   Linda Barcan
The Daughter   Caiti Easton
The Reporters   Karen Cummings, Caroline Vercoe
Short Black Opera Company Ensemble Jub Clerc, Crystal Clyne, Billie Court, Tori Oakley, Rachael Woods, Krystal West, Michael Smith, Robert Taylor, Jalen Sutcliffe, Marcus Corrowa, Eric Avery.
Dhungala Children's Choir Regina Blurton, Trinity Crumpen Winmar, Bianca Dallen, Georgia Durmush, Rachel Durmush, Piper Knox, Abe Knox, Dana McDonald, Cody, Mohamed, Yalanda O'Brien, Jerrica Pevitt, Darcy Pierce, Tallara Saunders, Lillie Walker, Louise Walker, Jemimah Williams, Keon Dawson
On Sep 12
Sep 12, 2016 08:00 pm to Sep 12, 2016 09:30 pm