Cameron Menzies is a Helpmann Award nominated and award winning International Australian director. His career has encompassed music theatre, theatre, opera, cabaret and documentary filmmaking. He is currently the Artistic Director of The Classics: Opera for City of Stonnington, Associate Artist (Director) Diva Opera UK and is Artistic Advisor to the Tait Performing Arts Association. Cameron has been engaged by companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Köln Cologne, Diva Opera UK, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Globe, La Folle Journée (Japan and France), OzOpera, Short Black Opera Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Australian National Academy of Music, City of Yarra, The L’Oreal Fashion Festival, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, The Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Perth International Arts Festival, Intermusica UK, the Under Belly Festival South Bank, Australia International Opera Company touring numerous staged opera productions, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare throughout China. Cameron also wrote and directed his production of STATUS – Real Life stories of HIV Stigma for the 20th International AIDS Conference has received International critical acclaim.
Cameron has recently directed the Acclaimed Australian production of HAIR – The Original Tribal Rock Musical – 50th Australian Anniversary Production Sister Act The Musical at The Vaults London, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor in the United Kingdom and Europe. Die Sieben Tödsunden starring Meow Meow, Yma Sumac the Peruvian Song Bird Starring Ali McGregor, Under the Covers and Fluid starring Courtney Act. He is one of the creators of the Coming Back Out Ball with All the Queens Men this year starring international cellist Yo Yo Ma. He has directed many world premiere productions, recently The Selfish Giant, The Grumpiest Boy in the World, The Magic Pudding all for Victorian Opera, CONTACT! – A Netball Opera for the Arts Centre Melbourne, the song cycle Redfern for Short Black Opera Company for Opera XS at the Malthouse Theatre, directed Pecan Summer for Short Black Opera at the Sydney Opera House and AFTERLIFE by Michel van der Aa for Nederlands Opera for Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012. Cameron’s most recent credits are Fluid at the Darlinghurst Theatre, starring Courtney Act and the critically acclaimed production of Strauss’ Salome for Victorian Opera at the Palais Theatre. He will direct new productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in London for the European tour. He 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. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Sydney Awards 2016 – Best Direction of an Opera, Broadway World for the Sydney Premiere of Pecan Summer at the Sydney Opera House for Short Black Opera Company.
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.