HerStory Archive

CHEETHAM, Debra

Born: 24/11/1964

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

Australia's first female Indigenous opera singer; in 2007, wrote "Pecan Summer," Australia's first Indigenous opera, then trained the necessary Indigenous singers; "Pecan Summer" premiered in 2010; founder and Artistic Director of the Short Black Opera Company, which promotes and develops young Indigenous opera singers; awarded an AO in 2014; added to Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2015.  "Eumeralla," her war requiem for peace, premiered at the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival.


Resources

  • Image - Deborah Cheetham

    Kristina Kingston, photographer. Photo provided by, and used with permission of, Short Black Opera Company Pty Ltd.