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Pecan Summer : opera

by Deborah Cheetham (2010)

Pecan Summer


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Pecan Summer / music and words by Deborah Cheetham ; arranged by Jessica Wells.

Library shelf no. 782.1/CHE 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Opportunities to view Australia's history through an Indigenous lens are rare in the world of opera. Pecan Summer is an Australian story amplified through the power of opera.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Vocal soloists, 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet in Bb, bassoon, 2 horns in F, bass trombone, timpani/percussion (1 player), harp, piano, strings.

Duration: 85 min.

Contents note: Prelude -- Act 1 (Scenes I-IV) -- Act 2 (Scenes I-V) -- Postlude.

First performance: by Short Black Opera Company, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, David Kram at Pecan Summer (WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Shepparton) on 8 Oct 2010

All public performances of this score or excerpts from this score must be approved by the composer Deborah Cheetham AO.

Winner of Best Opera in the 2016 Broadway World Sydney Awards (among other awards won by the 2016 Sydney Opera House production).


Performances of this work

12 Sep 2016: at Pecan Summer (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Short Black Opera Company, David Kram, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

3 Jul 2014: at Pecan Summer (Her Majesty's Theatre (Adelaide)). Featuring Adelaide Arts Orchestra, David Kram, Short Black Opera Company.

6 Sep 2012: at Pecan Summer (State Theatre Centre of WA). Featuring Short Black Opera Company, David Kram, Perth Symphony Orchestra.

28 Sep 2011: at Pecan Summer (Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse). Featuring Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Short Black Opera Company, David Kram.

8 Oct 2010: at Pecan Summer (WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Shepparton). Featuring Short Black Opera Company, David Kram, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

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