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Pecan Summer single work   musical theatre   opera  
Note: Libretto by Deborah Cheetham.
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'Sixty thousand years of Yorta Yorta history. 70 years of dispossession. The summer of 1939 will change the lives of the people of Cummeragunja mission forever. Alice is nine years old. Her family is her entire world. Alice's world is about to be torn apart. "Pecan Summer" is an opera for the 21st century, a contemporary opera for Indigenous Australians, a story for all Australians.' Source: http://deborahcheetham.com/ (Sighted 21/11/08).

Notes

  • 'The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, in partnership with Short Black Productions, is pleased to present the 2009 Spring Intensive Course as part of its new Indigenous Talent Identification Programme. The 2009 Spring Intensive coincides with the creation of "Pecan Summer", Australia's first Indigenous opera.' Source: http://deborahcheetham.com/ (Sighted 21/11/08).

Production Details

    • Preview held at Federation Square BMW Edge, Melbourne, Victoria, 5 July 2010.
    • Premiere held at the Westside Performing Arts Centre, Mooroopna, Victoria, 9 October 2010. Subsequently produced at the Playhouse, Melbourne, Victoria 28-30 September 2011.
    • 3-5 July (Winter season) 2014 at Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide, South Australia.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: ca. 2008

Works about this Work

Indigenous Artists Taking Centre-stage at Sydney Opera House David Spicer , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , 9 September 2016;

'Indigenous artists are breaking new ground at the Sydney Opera House next week by staging a locally-written opera and by playing a role normally the preserve of Anglo-Saxon actors.'

'Deborah Cheetham is the composer, writer, producer and star of her opera Pecan Summer, which plays for one night on Monday at the concert hall. ...'

Pecan Summer on Way Keira Jenkins , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 1 June no. 627 2016; (p. 11)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
'Short Black Opera's Pecan Summer , written by Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham, will be staged at the Sydney Opera House in September. ...'
Pecan Summer Review : Deborah Cheetham Leads Strong Cast in Epic Stolen Generations Story Peter McCallum , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 13 September 2016;

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
'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. ...'
Deborah Cheetham's Pecan Summer Links Us to her Traditional Storytelling Geoff Bagnall , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 25 June vol. 13 no. 364 2014; (p. 10)
'Deborah Cheetham has had an amazing life and the opera singer, who had to write her people's story and form her own Short Black Opera Company to tell it, has now been honoured by the nation..'
Going Nuts for Opera 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 June no. 577 2014; (p. 6)
'Pecan Summer the opera written by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham is heading to Adelaide for a short winter season...'
Pecan Summer is Debra Cheetham's Story of 1939 Cummeragunja Protest Via Opera Leon Gettler , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 24 September vol. 13 no. 377 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
'Behind every great opera lies an awesome story and Short Blackm an Aboriginal operar company, brings us what would have to be one of the most distinctive Australian stories...'
Dream Role for Caitlin 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 September no. 534 2012; (p. 61)
Caitlin Munro from the Univesrsity of Southern Queensland will perform in the 2012 Perth production of Pecan Summer.
Australia's First Indigenous Opera Heads West Shannan Dodson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Reconciliation News , August no. 24 2012; (p. 16-17)
Deborah Cheetham Hits a High Note for Reconciliation 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 23 May no. 265 2012; (p. 8)
Perth is Set for Pecan Summer Liz Murray , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 September no. 534 2012; (p. 61)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
A Proud Deborah Cheetham Now Set to Put Her Own Opera on Show 2011 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 15 September vol. 10 no. 233 2011; (p. 14)
New Season for Opera 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 1 June no. 502 2011; (p. 54)
More Musical, Less Drama Chris Boyd , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 September 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Indigenous Voices Re-Create a Gripping Emotional Journey Michael Shmith , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 1 October 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Cheetham Brings Forth a Truly Australian Opera 2010 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 28 October vol. 9 no. 213 2010; (p. 43)
Indigenous Opera Project Finds Soprano's Personal Link Carolyn Webb , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 June 2010; (p. 5)
Walk-Off Opera Prompts Tears 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 October no. 487 2010; (p. 61)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Opera Tells Resistance Story 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 October no. 486 2010; (p. 45)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Pecan Summer : Indigenous Opera 2009-2010 single work column
— Appears in: Indigenous Newslines , December - February 2009-2010; (p. 6-7)
Celebrating Indigenous Protest Deborah Cheetham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Voice , 10 August - 13 September vol. 5 no. 5 2009; (p. 2)
Opera Tells Resistance Story 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 October no. 486 2010; (p. 45)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Walk-Off Opera Prompts Tears 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 October no. 487 2010; (p. 61)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Indigenous Voices Re-Create a Gripping Emotional Journey Michael Shmith , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 1 October 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
More Musical, Less Drama Chris Boyd , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 September 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Perth is Set for Pecan Summer Liz Murray , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 September no. 534 2012; (p. 61)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
Pecan Summer is Debra Cheetham's Story of 1939 Cummeragunja Protest Via Opera Leon Gettler , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 24 September vol. 13 no. 377 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
'Behind every great opera lies an awesome story and Short Blackm an Aboriginal operar company, brings us what would have to be one of the most distinctive Australian stories...'
Pecan Summer on Way Keira Jenkins , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 1 June no. 627 2016; (p. 11)

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
'Short Black Opera's Pecan Summer , written by Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham, will be staged at the Sydney Opera House in September. ...'
Pecan Summer Review : Deborah Cheetham Leads Strong Cast in Epic Stolen Generations Story Peter McCallum , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 13 September 2016;

— Review of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham 2008 single work musical theatre
'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. ...'
Pecan Summer On Way 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 24 September no. 435 2008; (p. 53)
'Opera is story telling. Story telling is ancient and a traditional practice for Indigenous people. Opera is an innovative form of expression for Indigenous story telling.' (Koori Mail 24/09/2008)
Celebrating Indigenous Protest Deborah Cheetham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Voice , 10 August - 13 September vol. 5 no. 5 2009; (p. 2)
Pecan Summer : Indigenous Opera 2009-2010 single work column
— Appears in: Indigenous Newslines , December - February 2009-2010; (p. 6-7)
Indigenous Opera Project Finds Soprano's Personal Link Carolyn Webb , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 June 2010; (p. 5)
Cheetham Brings Forth a Truly Australian Opera 2010 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 28 October vol. 9 no. 213 2010; (p. 43)
New Season for Opera 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 1 June no. 502 2011; (p. 54)
A Proud Deborah Cheetham Now Set to Put Her Own Opera on Show 2011 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 15 September vol. 10 no. 233 2011; (p. 14)
Deborah Cheetham Hits a High Note for Reconciliation 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 23 May no. 265 2012; (p. 8)
Australia's First Indigenous Opera Heads West Shannan Dodson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Reconciliation News , August no. 24 2012; (p. 16-17)
Dream Role for Caitlin 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 September no. 534 2012; (p. 61)
Caitlin Munro from the Univesrsity of Southern Queensland will perform in the 2012 Perth production of Pecan Summer.
Going Nuts for Opera 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 June no. 577 2014; (p. 6)
'Pecan Summer the opera written by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham is heading to Adelaide for a short winter season...'
Deborah Cheetham's Pecan Summer Links Us to her Traditional Storytelling Geoff Bagnall , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 25 June vol. 13 no. 364 2014; (p. 10)
'Deborah Cheetham has had an amazing life and the opera singer, who had to write her people's story and form her own Short Black Opera Company to tell it, has now been honoured by the nation..'
Indigenous Artists Taking Centre-stage at Sydney Opera House David Spicer , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , 9 September 2016;

'Indigenous artists are breaking new ground at the Sydney Opera House next week by staging a locally-written opera and by playing a role normally the preserve of Anglo-Saxon actors.'

'Deborah Cheetham is the composer, writer, producer and star of her opera Pecan Summer, which plays for one night on Monday at the concert hall. ...'

Last amended 29 Aug 2016 13:30:32
Subjects:
  • Cummeragunja Reserve (1881- 1940), Barmah, Nathalia - Barmah area, Yarrawonga - Cobram - Nathalia area, Northern Victoria, Victoria,
Settings:
  • Deniliquin - Boundary Bend - Moama area, Far South West NSW, New South Wales,
  • 1939
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