National Reconciliation Week Opera Performance

Mark National Reconciliation Week with a special performance from Wiradjuri soprano, composer and writer Shauntai Batzke, in the ground floor amphitheatre.

National Reconciliation Week is recognised as an important cultural event across Australia, that celebrates and builds the respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and other Australians. This year’s theme is Be Brave, Make Change.

Wiradjuri soprano, composer and writer; Shauntai Batzke, is a principal artist with Short Black Opera, Australia's Indigneous National Opera Company and an Alumna of the Melba Opera Trust. Shauntai holds a BMus at the Melbourne Conservatorium UniMelb and is back this semester to commence her Master of Music - Performance Teaching. Shauntai has spent two summers in New York in vocal and performance training at Belle Arti Center of the Arts and in 2019 gave a world  premier of her original chamber and orchestral compositions at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival ‘19.

Shauntai made her debut as a solo artist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2020 singing ‘Long Time Living Here’, A musical Acknowledgement of Country composed by Deborah Cheetham AO and sang this same piece for the opening of each performance of MSO’s 2021 season of Peter and the Wolf at Hamer Hall. In June 2021, Shauntai made her debut performance with Victorian Opera in Deborah Cheetham AO’s new opera 'Parrwang Lifts the Sky’.  Shauntai is currently in the process of writing a new exciting Australian musical inspired by an extraordinary indigenous story supported by Creative Victoria and looks forward to its world premier within the next 2 years.