2–5 February 2021


Special Event

Closing performance by Wiradjuri soprano Shauntai Batzke


Presenting Author: Shauntai Batzke
05 February 2021

Wiradjuri soprano Shauntai Batzke is one of Australia’s leading vocalists and a major emerging compositional voice in the Australian art music scene, migrating across genres. ServDes.2020 is absolutely thrilled to have Shauntai close the conference on Day 4 in a performance in her own Wiradjuri language.

This Closing Performance will continue straight after the Plenary with the same zoom link - so please join us from the Plenary Session!

Europe (CET): 5th February 2021 12:45 pm to 1:00pm

US (EST): 5th February 2021 6:45 am to 7:00 am

Shauntai Batzke
Shauntai Batzke
Wiradjuri soprano performer

Starting out as a singer songwriter in Inspirational Soul & Gospel, Shauntai has now embarked on a career in the world of opera, classical music and composition and theatre making. She made her operatic debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2010 in Pecan Summer, written by Deborah Cheetham AO, and featured in the role of “Old Alice” in 2011, 2012 & 2014. In 2014 and 2015 Batzke was the proud recipient of the Harold Blair Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust after which she was invited by Belle Arti to New York in 2015 and 2016 for further training. Other productions include Forgiveness (Monash University), Stand By Your Woman (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Beginning of Nature, (WOMADelaide 2016 with Australian Dance Theatre; RICERCAR (Present Tense Ensemble); Fidelio (Melbourne Opera); Showboat, and Ragtime (The Production Company), and Corrugation Road (Black Swan Theatre). In 2019, Shauntai was a featured emerging composer at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and was commissioned by the festival to create two new song cycles, drawing on Wiradjuri heritage and First Nations languages, which received their world premieres to critical acclaim at the festival’s opening and closing concerts and most recently in February this year Shauntai made her Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sidney Myer Music Bowl debut singing Deborah Cheetham AO's musical acknowledgement of country Long Time Living Here in the language of the Boon Wurrung.