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Townsville, Queensland.
29 July to 07 August 2022
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Festival Artists

Festival Artists


Prof. Deborah Cheetham AO

Prof. Deborah Cheetham AO is supported by Rosalind Strong AM and Antony Strong

Deborah is a Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator and has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 30 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for “distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and innovation in performance”. In 2009, Deborah Cheetham AO established Short Black Opera as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous singers.