Laura debuts at Sydney Opera House
Short Black Opera, Opera House Concert Hall, September 12
“Over sixty thousand years of Yorta Yorta history. 70 years of dispossession.”- Deborah Cheetham, AO
“The summer of 1939 will change the lives of the people of Cummeragunja forever. Pecan Summer is written and composed by opera singer Deborah Cheetham. Pecan Summer tells the story of Alice, a tearaway 11-year-old Aboriginal girl at Cummeragunja Mission in southern NSW, who laughs, plays and cheekily avoids being removed from her parents Ella and James by jumping in a river.” – Peter McCallum, SMH
Laura was honoured to make her debut as a principle artist at the Sydney Opera House as one of the few non-indigenous singers in the powerful opera that is Pecan Summer. Among her co stars are: Deborah Cheetham, Wiradjuri soprano Shauntai Batzke, Jessica Hitchcock (The Rabbits), baritone John Wayne Parsons, Marcus Corowa (The Rabbits), Simon Lobelson, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, & Michael Butchard. Pecan Summer also features some of Australia’s best loved established singers including Barry Ryan OAM, Rosamund Illing, & Jonathon Welch AM.
The performance on the 12th september 2016 was recorded live, and broadcast on ABC classic FM. To listen to broadcast please use this link: ABC Classic FM
NITV also made a documentary about the making of Pecan Summer which will be broadcast on NITV in 2017.
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