Vanessa Scammell


Vanessa Scammell is a conductor and musician who 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.

Find out more about Vanessa and her amazing list of performances.

upcoming performances

The Dream / Marguerite and Armand

The Dream

Part one of our Frederick Ashton double-bill is The Dream, an airy, romantic work created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, and a homage to his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in an enchanted wood, Ashton’s ballet captures the play’s themes of love and magic, exploring a poetic space of imagination away from the ‘everyday world.’ Set to Mendelssohn’s tender score, The Dream features vivid characters and a storyline transporting audiences to a realm where the human meets the supernatural.

Marguerite and Armand

Created for, and made famous by, the legendary partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963, Marguerite and Armand brings the passion of a tragic affair between the doomed courtesan Marguerite and her lover Armand, framed through a series of flashbacks. Frederick Ashton created these roles from the passion that Fonteyn and Nureyev embodied when dancing together. In an Australian premiere, this work will equally serve as a vehicle for the artists of this company. Franz Liszt’s music pulses through each scene, including his famous Piano Sonata in B minor, enhancing the emotional intensity of this unforgettable ballet.

Classic Rock Live

Classic Rock Live unearths the raw power of the rock masters with over 50 musicians on-stage and arrangements by the award-winning Jamie Messenger. The high-octane band and backing vocalists – Andy Byrnes, Miranda Carey, Luke Cuerden, Robyn Loau, Joel McDonald, Dave Molland, Paul Najar and Michael Tan – showcase one of the greatest rock catalogues of all time.

Kate Ceberano: My Life is A Symphony

From rousing anthems to soulful ballads, join the CSO and Australian music royalty, Kate Ceberano, performing her favourite songs from 30 albums released across her 40-year career. Don’t miss seeing your ASO with Kate Ceberano at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival!


Joining in the celebrations will be the original stars of the film Sigrid Thornton and Tom Burlinson, who at each performance will give audiences some insight into the making of the film and discuss why it still remains so close to their hearts.

This world premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne honours Victoria as the film’s spiritual homeland and offers the unique opportunity to revisit the beloved Australian classic on the big screen with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert

Experience the original Spider-Verse movie like never before with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Live in Concert. Following its international premiere in Brooklyn earlier this year, and a sell-out US tour, this very special concert event makes its Australian premiere in Melbourne. Featuring a soundtrack blending symphonic orchestral music with hip-hop, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert pairs a screening of the Academy Award®-winning animated film with live musicians and turntables featuring a DJ scratcher live on stage. Watch the full movie on a massive HD screen, accompanied by a fusion of 32-piece live orchestra including percussion, and a scratch DJ. Feel the power of the iconic hip-hop infused film score that made the original Spider-Verse story a global sensation.