CAMERON MENZIES

Cameron Menzies is an award nominated and award winning Australian director.

His career has encompassed music theatre, theatre, Opera and documentary film-making. Cameron has been engaged by companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Köln Cologne, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, OzOpera, Short Black Opera Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Australian National Academy of Music, City of Yarra, The L’Oreal Fashion Festival, Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival, The Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Perth International Arts Festival and Intermusica UK and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

He has directed world premiere productions, including CONTACT! – A Netball Opera for the Arts Centre Melbourne, Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding for Victorian Opera and song cycle Redfern for Short Black Opera Company for Opera XS at the Malthouse Theatre, directed Pecan Summer in its debut Perth season and AFTERLIFE by Michel van der Aa Nederlands Opera for Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012, and is the Creative Director for Operette for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festivals 2012-15.

Cameron has been nominated for and won awards, including 2011 Berlin New Music Opera Award, the 2008 Bayreuth Opera Award from Opera Foundation Australia, The Besen Family Artist Program (Direction) Malthouse Theatre, Australian Opera Committee scholarship, The Amy Alice McDonald Scholarship 2007 – 2011, Opus 50, scholarships from the Victorian and New South Wales Wagner Societies, and has two Green Room Award Nominations.

Cameron trained in acting under acclaimed teacher Hayes Gordon OAM at the Ensemble Theatre and obtained his Bachelor of Music from the Victorian College of the Arts. He was the Chief Opera Director at The Opera Studio, Melbourne from 2009-2013 and lectured in Stagecraft at the Victorian College of the Arts. Cameron held the position of Artistic Director of Opera for the City of Stonnington from 2009 – 2014.

In 2014, Cameron made his International directorial debut in London, where he created a new production of Don Giovanni for Britain’s Foremost Chamber Opera Company DivaOpera. He returned to Australia to direct the Adelaide Premiere of Australia’s first Aboriginal Opera, Pecan Summer for Short Black Opera Company. Cameron has also directed William and Mary for the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, assisting on The Riders for Victorian Opera and directing a chamber work of Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon for The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Len Vorster and Ensemble13. Cameron’s production of STATUS – Real Life stories of HIV Stigma for the 20th International AIDS Conference has received International critical acclaim.

Cameron was nominated for Best Director for the Green Room Awards for Professional Theatre Excellence in Victoria. His production of The Magic Pudding is also nominated for Best Costume and Set Design, Best Conductor and won the Green Room award for Best Ensemble.

Cameron’s production of Don Giovanni for DivaOpera is currently touring France. He is currently in London from March 2015 to direct new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro. He will also direct Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins Starring Meow Meow and new opera commission by Finegan Kruckmeyer and Joseph Twist – The Grumpiest Boy in the world both as part of Victorian Opera’s 2015 season and will write and direct a new Cabaret for Plexus Chamber Ensemble starring Jaqueline Dark and Kanen Breen.