Meet Vanessa


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

Vanessa Scammell’s most recent engagements include An American in Paris for The Australian Ballet and GWB, 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, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 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, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde 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 has been the Helpmann Award’s Music Director for the past 12 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 organisation.

In May 2021, Vanessa conducted the Festival of Outback Opera, curating the program for Dark Sky Serenade (Winton 21 May 2021) and Singing in the Night (Longreach 22 May 2021).

If you want to work with Vanessa, please get in touch with her Artist Manager, Natalie De Biasi.