“… in The Light in the Piazza, Adam Guettel’s sumptuous score, gorgeously conducted by Vanessa Scammell…”
Bradley Storer, Theatre Press
In 2017, Vanessa Scammell conducted My Fair Lady for Opera Australia and a new production of The Merry Widow for West Australian Opera; she led seasons of Lehár’s masterpiece for Opera Australia and Opera Queensland in 2018 as well as conducting Funny Girl for the Sydney Symphony, Eskimo Joe for the Brisbane Festival and, for the eleventh consecutive year, the Helpmann Awards.
Vanessa graduated from Melbourne Conservatorium and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a pianist and conductor; she was the recipient of both the Brian Stacey Award for young conductors and The Robert and Elizabeth Albert Conducting Fellowship for The Australian Ballet.
She has acted as conductor, Music Director and Musical Supervisor for Australasia’s leading performing organizations – in concert, opera, ballet and musical theatre.
For Opera Australia, she has conducted South Pacific, the national tour of La traviata and was Musical Director for their acclaimed 2015 television opera – The Divorce. For the Australian Ballet, her credits include Body Torque, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and The Dream.
Vanessa has conducted some of music’s most celebrated artists – Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Kate Ceberano, Lea Salonga, Idina Menzel, Barry Humphries, Greta Bradman, The Wiggles and many others. In the course of these collaborations, she has led the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian, Adelaide, Christchurch and Queensland Symphony orchestras as well as a wide range of international ensembles.
For the Really Useful Company, she was Musical Director for The Phantom of the Opera in Beijing, Taipei, Athens, South Korea, South Africa and Australia; West Side Story Australian Tour for Farrelly Productions; Chicago Australasian Tour for Gordon Frost Organisation; The Producers, Damn Yankees and Hello Dolly for The Production Company, Fiddler on the Roof for TML Enterprises and the Australian premiere of The Light in the Piazza. For Andrew McKinnon Presentations, she conducted the national tour of From Broadway to La Scala (starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson, Lisa McCune and Greta Bradman). From 2007 to 2018, she has acted as Music Director for the Helpmann Awards.
Most recently, Vanessa Scammell has conducted David Bowie tribute concerts for the Melbourne Symphony, Swing on This for West Australian Symphony and Sydney Symphony, Magic of the Musicals for Auckland Philharmonia and Eskimo Joe for the Sydney Symphony.