In 2016, Wiradjuri Soprano Shauntai Batzke made her Sydney Opera House debut with Short Black Opera’s 5th season of Pecan Summer. A developing artist with Short Black Opera Company, Shauntai was the proud recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Harold Blair Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust. Earlier in 2016, Shauntai was asked to sing as the Soprano for the inaugural Directors Workshop at Lyric Opera Melbourne and in February 2016 was the featured singer for Native Dignity at the State Library of Victoria as part of Blak & Bright Festival.
In July 2015, Shauntai had the privilege of singing at the inauguration of the new Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM at Government House in Melbourne. She also participated in the ‘Canto De Las Americas’ vocal workshops at the Belle Arti Center for the Arts, New York. After intensive training with industry leaders from The Metropolitan Opera House, Shauntai performed at the Steinway & Sons showroom, NYC.
Upon an invitation from Belle Arti, Shauntai returned to New York in 2016 for further training. Shauntai completed her Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne. Shauntai made her operatic debut in 2010 in Pecan Summer, written by Deborah Cheetham AO. She featured in the role of “Old Alice” in 2011, 2012 & 2014. Other productions include The Beginning of Nature, at WOMADelaide 2016 with Australian Dance Theatre; RICERCAR, Present Tense Ensemble; Fidelio, Melbourne Opera; Showboat, The Production Company and Corrugation Road, Black Swan Theatre.
In episode eight, Shauntai will be singing DEBORAH CHEETHAM’s Alice, 1964, GIACOMO PUCCINI’s Sul fil d’un de seffio, GIACOMO PUCCINI’s Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, and REYNALDO HAHN’s L’enamourée.
You can listen to Shauntai’s performance below: