Biography

 

Cameron Menzies is the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera, the National Opera Company situated in Belfast. He is an International award winner and a Helpmann Award nominated Australian Director. HIs career encompasses music theatre, theatre, opera, documentaries cabaret and  film-making.  Cameron has been engaged by companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Shakespeare's Globe, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Diva Opera UK, 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, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. 

 

He has directed many world premiere productions, including CONTACT! - A Netball Opera for the Arts Centre Melbourne, Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding, The Selfish Giant both for Victorian Opera and the song cycle Redfern for Short Black Opera Company for Opera XS at the Malthouse Theatre, directed Pecan Summer in its debut Perth and Adelaide and Sydney Opera House seasons 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 

 

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.  Most recently 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.

 

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 to much acclaim. 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 has directed acclaimed productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte and La Boheme for DivaOpera toured the United Kingdom, The Channel Islands, France and Monte Carlo and Europe since 2015. He has directed Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins Starring Meow Meow at Hamer Hall to great acclaim and a new opera commission by Finegan Kruckmeyer and Joseph Twist – The Grumpiest Boy in the world at the Malthouse Theatre both as part of Victorian Opera’s 2015 season. He has been the Event Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Annual fundraising Banquet since 2014 .  Cameron directed his his highly sucessful production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Cape Town South Africa for DivaOpera and in Cherbourg France,  Lucia di Lammermoor for Victorian Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne , Cosi fan Tutte in London and Pecan Summer for Short Black Opera at the Sydney Opera House in 2016. He has also directed for the Australian International Opera Company for tours throughout China productions of La Traviata, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute and two Shakesperean plays Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing.   Cameron also directed the new commission from Victorian Opera by Richard Mills called 'Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Cameron Menzies and Deborah Cheetham AO talking through direction of the 5th Birhtday of Short Black Opera Company at the Melbourne Recital Centre. 

Lucia di Lammermoor - for Diva Opera  2015 Direction and Set Design by Cameron Menzies.

 

Cameron Menzies in the rehearsal room 

Lucia di Lammermoor for Victorian Opera, April 2016

STATUS - Real Life Stories of HIV Stigma

Director, writer Cameron Menzies

The STATUS Consortium

Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

20th International AIDS Conference 2014