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Pecan Summer at Her Majesty's Theatre

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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A Story for All Australians
Pecan Summer is the title of the first Aboriginal Opera. It promises to be an original musical collaboration that has been a long time in the making.

Pecan Summer has been described by its creator and composer, Deborah Cheetham AO, as "an opera for the 21st century, a contemporary opera for Indigenous Australians, a story for all Australians." (reconciliationsa.org.au)
Pecan Summer
Pecan Summer Image reconciliationsa.org.au


This Indigenous opera has been 3 years in the gestation; it is finally being performed in SA.

It is coming to Her Majesty's Theatre on July 3 5, 2014.

If you are into opera, then the first Aboriginal opera, written and directed by a world class Aboriginal opera star in Deborah Cheetham AO, and performed by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Opera Company, is a must see.

If you are not into opera, then this opera is a good one to make your first!

While I am firmly in the latter group, I am curious to see how this collaboration will work.

A Scene from Pecan Summer
A Scene from Pecan Summer image adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au


This opera is about reconciliation and setting right the complex stories of the past in Australia.

Pecan Summer tells the powerful story of the summer of 1939 when the Yorta Yorta were forced to leave their homeland, known as the Cummeragunja walk-off, in which Deborah's grandparents were involved.

The story continues through to the Apology to the Stolen Generations. This was the first "strike" by Aboriginal people in Australia.

Jimmy Little (Deborah's uncle) and Sir Douglas Nicholls were part of that journey.

The music is beautiful and very moving.



South Australian Aboriginal opera singers Vonda Last and Robert Taylor are part of this company.

Further details about this opera are available here.

Deborah received a great honour a few weeks ago when she was recognised with a well-deserved AO.

Get your tickets through BASS on 131 246 or www.bass.net.au and organise to tell and bring your friends.

July 3, 4 & 5 at 7.30 pm, Her Majesty's Theatre.
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Why? An opera for the 21st Century
When: 3rd, 4th and 5th of July, 2014
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide
Cost: From $25 through to $85.
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