Deborah Cheetham AO


Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, Soprano, composer and educator has established her place as an artist in great demand. Since her international debut in 1997, Deborah has performed in the theatres and concert halls of the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and throughout Australia.

In April 2007, Deborah was awarded a fellowship bythe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of the Australia Council for the Arts to create Australia’s first Indigenous opera, Pecan Summer. In 2010 she was a finalist for Australian of the Year in Victoria.

That success led to the creation of Short Black Opera Company, a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous opera singers. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Ms Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 2015 she as inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.