Director: Cameron Menzies

“an Orwellian sleight of hand by director Cameron Menzies that enabled fascistic scrutiny of Anna’s every move.”

Eamonn Kelly, The Australian  Nov 2015

Diva Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor and Le nozze di Figaro (director Cameron Menzies) are in the round, ingeniously designed for small stages in intimate setting which involve the audience closely in the dramas... In both operas Menzies sensitive direction concentrates the audience's attentions on every detail and nuance in a way rarely achieved in much larger houses…”

Michael Proudfoot – Opera Magazine, Dec 2015

“Triumph of Don Giovanni by Diva Opera… it had a lot of freshness, life and authenticity.  It was truly a communion with the lyrical art… it was precise and chiseled in a setting that was serious and well articulated. The realization of the characters was real and the musical world and the theatrical world echoed each other.”

Théâtre à l'Italienne, Cherbourg France, 2015

“The staging of Cameron Menzies uses few resources in his interpretation, yet he finds the climax in the final confrontation between the Don and the Commendatore.  It is a marvel of emotion and grandeur."

Classic Toulouse: Festival de la Vézère - Don Giovanni, August 2014

“The Australian bush comes alive – trees, a fallen log, a campfire – in Cameron Menzies’ magnificently staged production of one of Australia’s classic tales.”

Peter Burch, The Australian, October, 2013

Cameron is a director of Opera, Theatre, Music Theatre, Documentary film and a writer.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Music and Post Graduate in Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and is a graduate in Acting Performing and Directing from The Ensemble Acting Studios.  He has been engaged by companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Diva Opera UK,  Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, OzOpera, Short Black Opera Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Australian National Academy of Music, 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. Cameron was the Artistic Director of Opera in the Park for the City of Stonnington from 2009 – 2014 and is currently the Creative Director for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Annual Symphony Banquet since 2014.  He is also the Creative Director for Operette for (VAMFF) Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival since 2013.

World Premiere Directing Credits: The Grumpiest Boy in the World by Finegan Kruckmeyer and Joe Twist (Victorian Opera) CONTACT! - A Netball Opera (Arts Centre Melbourne), Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding (Victorian Opera), Redfern (Short Black Opera Company/Malthouse Theatre), Seven Deadly Sins (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Victorian Opera), Pecan Summer – Adelaide, Perth and Sydney Seasons. (Indigenous Opera for Short Black Opera Company), William and Mary (Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival/Malthouse Theatre),

Directing Credits: Lucia di Lammermoor (Victorian Opera), Cosi fan Tutte (Diva Opera UK), La Traviata (Australian International Opera Co. – China Tour), The Magic Flute (Australian International Opera Co.-China Tour), Don Giovanni (DivaOpera UK), Le Nozze di Figaro (DivaOpera UK), Lucia di Lammermoor (DivaOpera UK), Die Sieben Tödsunden – Weill/Brecht Starring Meow Meow (Victorian Opera), The Strange Bedfellows Cabaret (Butterfly Club), il Trovatore (Opera in the Park), Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon (Port Fairy Spring Music Festival), Cendrillon (Her Majesty’s Theatre),  Puss in Boots (Victorian Opera), La Traviata (Opera in the Park), Eugene Onegin (Her Majesty’s Theatre), La Cenerentola (Victorian Opera), La Serva Padrona (Melbourne Recital Centre), The Magic Flute (OZ Opera), The Juniper Tree (by Glass/Moran – Beechworth Opera Festival)

Theatre Credits: STATUS – Real Life Stories of HIV Stigma (Arts Centre Melbourne/International AIDS Conference 2014), Dark Summer (Midsumma Festival/Chapel off Chapel).

Assistant Director Credits:  AFTERLIFE by Michel van der Aa, Nederlands Opera for Melbourne International Arts Festival (Regent Theatre Melbourne),  The Threepenny Opera (Malthouse Theatre/ Sydney Theatre Co.), Tannhäuser (Deutsche Oper, Berlin), I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Opera Australia/Opera North Production), Nixon in China (Victorian Opera),  The Riders
(World Premiere – Victorian Opera).

Writing Credits: STATUS – Real Life Stories of HIV Stigma (Arts Centre Melbourne),  Alice in Wonderland (Pasticcio)


NOMINATED: Green Room Award for Best Direction of an Opera –
The Grumpiest Boy in the World, Victorian Opera 2015

NOMINATED: Green Room Award for Best Direction of an Opera –
The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera 2013

WINNER:  Green Room Award for Best Ensemble – The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera 2013

NOMINATED: Green Room Nomination for Best Direction of an Opera -
CONTACT! – A Netball Opera 2012

NOMINATED:  Green Room Nomination for Best Opera Production -
CONTACT! – A Netball Opera 2012

WINNER:    Berlin New Music Opera Award, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst 2011

WINNER:  Amelica Vera Scholarship, 2011

WINNER:  Besen Family Artist Program (Direction), Malthouse Theatre, 2010

WINNER:  Bayreuth Opera Award,  Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst 2008

WINNER:  Wagner Society of Victoria Scholarship, 2008

WINNER:  Opus50 Charitable Trust Awardee, 2008

WINNER:  The Amy Alice McDonald Trust recipient 2007-2011

WINNER:  The Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival,  Assoc. Director
on ‘Opera Therapy’ Documentary, 2006

Cameron Menzies Website  

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