Vanessa Scammell


Vanessa Scammell

Vanessa Scammell’s most recent engagements include a double bill (The Dream/Marguerite and Armand) for The Australian Ballet, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 for the Melbourne Symphony and a concert version of Singin’ in the Rain. In 2021/2022, she conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras in programmes such as Vera Blue, The Bamboos, Birds of Tokyo, An Evening with Anthony Warlow, Love Actually, To Barbra With Love and Opera in the Outback (for Opera Queensland).

She enjoys a diverse portfolio of work as a conductor of ballet, musical theatre, concert repertoire and opera.

Vanessa’s postgraduate study included a Masters in Conducting; she has been the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award and the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Conducting Fellowship for The Australian Ballet.

Conducting credits include:

The Australian Ballet: The DreamBody TorqueNutcracker, An American in Paris

Opera AustraliaThe Merry WidowMy Fair LadySouth PacificLa traviata

Musical TheatreFunny Girl (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Hello DollyThe Light in the PiazzaThe ProducersDamn YankeesWest Side StoryChicagoThe Phantom of the OperaTitanicCATS and Fiddler on the Roof.

Vanessa has regularly conducted the Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Christchurch, West Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.  Her concert credits include: From Broadway to La ScalaPeter and Jack starring Barry Humphries, Idina Menzel LIVE – Barefoot at the SymphonyEskimo Joe and Lea Salonga in Concert. She has also conducted staged concert versions of Sweeney Todd and Jekyll & Hyde (both starring Anthony Warlow).

She was Musical Director for The Divorce (an opera commissioned for television by Opera Australia, Princess Pictures and the ABC) and was the Helpmann Award’s Music Director for 13 years.

In 2018, Vanessa conducted The Merry Widow for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland.  She also led a symphonic tour of Planet Earth for the BBC; in 2019, she conducted the national tour of Blue Planet 2 for the same organization.

Vanessa Scammell