Deborah Cheetham-Fraillon

Professor Deborah Cheetham-Fraillon

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AO
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022


Deborah Cheetham-Fraillon AO is a Yorta Yorta/Yuin soprano and composer specialising in chamber, orchestral, choral and operatic settings of First Nations traditional languages and narratives across Australia. Deborah has been widely written about and is a thought leader on the subject of the importance of cultural authority in the Art Music space. Deborah has championed the voice and visibility of classically trained ATSI musicians through her achievements a composer, performer and artistic director of the Short Black Opera and Ensemble Dutala.

Deborah describes herself as a 21st century urban woman who is Yorta Yorta by birth, stolen generation by government policy, soprano by diligence, composer by necessity and lesbian by practice.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.