Performances

Some highlights

KATE CEBERANO: MY LIFE IS A SYMPHONY

with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

“As Ceberano rounded out the second set with songs like “Cherry Blossom Lipstick” and the beautiful ode to her nephew “Louis Song,” all under the exquisite care and direction of composer Vanessa Scammell and the ASO, it was clear that Cebrano’s brief to Irwin in their initial discussions for this show, to create something in the same vein as “Golden Age Movie Musicals,”had come to fruition and in the most organic and unassuming way. As Scammell kept not just the audience enthralled with her ethereal direction as she guided her orchestra, Irwin’s arrangements coupled with Ceberano’s vocals provided what would clearly be the Cabaret Festival’s stand out performance – and that was on the first weekend. “

The Man from Snowy River in Concert

with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“In celebration of the enduring legacy of Director George Miller’s iconic Australian film, the live-to-screen performance from the MSO, masterfully conducted by Vanessa Scammell, will showcase the film’s APRA and AFI award-winning score by legendary composer Bruce Rowland.”

“This live-to-screen performance from the MSO, conducted by Vanessa Scammell, showcases the film’s APRA and AFI award-winning score by legendary composer Bruce Rowland. For the first time since its release in 1982, this powerful score is played alongside the nostalgic visuals of this iconic film and the endearing story that has captured the hearts of generations. Seeing Sigrid Thornton and Tom Burlinson on stage was just the icing on the cake and the cherry on top. They are first on stage as they share behind-the-scenes stories and personal experiences. “

“In 1982, the Australian cinema landscape changed forever when The Man from Snowy River captured the hearts of the nation and the world. In celebration of its 40th anniversary year, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform the award-winning score by Bruce Rowland live to screen for the World Premiere of this iconic film in concert, under the baton of Vanessa Scammell.

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.”

KATE CEBERANO: MY LIFE IS A SYMPHONY

with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra

“For this concert the Canberra Symphony Orchestra was augmented by Ceberano’s key musical collaborators in Paul Cecchinelli on the Steinway grand, Kathleen Halloran (guitar), Jonathon Zion (electric Bass), Gordon Rytmeister (drums and Piano) and backing vocalists Jessica Fairlie and Alison Ainsworth, all conducted by Vanessa Scammell.

But despite the presence of a stage-full of musicians Ceberano quickly established that this concert was not going to be a starchy affair.

After confiding her pleasure in revisiting these favourite songs and the excitement she felt in being able to share these new arrangements with her Canberra audience, she launched into a sublime performance of Sweet Inspiration.”

THE LITTLE MERMAID LAUNCH

at The State Theatre

Electric Fields

with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for NAIDOC Week 2023

“I had not seen a female conductor up on the MSO stage before so it was an absolute delight to see Vanessa Scammell walk out as the night’s conductor! Wearing a figure-hugging sheer long black dress, with her blonde hair in a messy braid down her back, she looked like a modern-day princess and I found myself mesmerised by her flowing gestures as she guided the musicians throughout the night.

BIRDS OF TOKYO​

with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“There’s no doubt the usual Birds dynamic was challenged by the symphonic merger, leading to a more toned down show from bassist Ian Berney and drummer Weston, but that allowed Kenny’s raw talent and stunning vocals along with Sarangapany’s charisma to shine, with a perfect mix with the flawless orchestra, led by composer Vanessa Scammell.

with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

“The songs from Birds of Tokyo lend themselves magnificently to working with an orchestra and under the deft baton of ethereal conductor Vanessa Scammell, who also lent a hand on the piano, the songs were next level good. Good Lord and I’d Go With You Anywhere had the fans clapping and singing along.”

with West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The Conductor weaves her wand like a protagonist of a JK Rowling classic, orchestrating a magical spell of an acoustic sensation.”

TO BARBARA, WITH LOVE

with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Maestro Vanessa Scammell leads the musicians with understated flair, drawing grand sound with only the most delicate of gestures. Scammell exhibits extraordinary range, swiftly segueing from style to style with barely a beat to catch her thoughts. Whether the singers are downstage behind her back or far upstage, Scammell maintains tight, yet warmly supportive, control of all on stage. 

with Caroline O’Connor, Katie Noonan, Elise McCann and Ryan Gonzalez and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Conductor Vanessa Scammell is quite the fashion plate herself, an evocative black number showcasing her toned arms as she wields the baton with poise and polish. More to the point, she is on top of her game, as is the MSO … giving us a memorable night of entertainment and a celebration of the inimitable Barbra Streisand, which is to be savoured.”

The Blurb

“Maestro Vanessa Scammell leads the musicians with understated flair, drawing grand sound with only the most delicate of gestures. Scammell exhibits extraordinary range, swiftly segueing from style to style with barely a beat to catch her thoughts. Whether the singers are downstage behind her back or far upstage, Scammell maintains tight, yet warmly supportive, control of all on stage.”

SINGING IN THE RAIN IN CONCERT

at QPAC

“No less impressive was Musical Director, Vanessa Scammell, who gave a meticulously prepared reading of this memorable score. From the orchestral ‘Overture’ and ‘Entr’acte’ through some of the best-known songs, she delivered a varied and infinitely colourful palette of sounds.

Arts Hub

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

with The Australian Ballet

“…an ensemble of superlative dancers, including another Australian Ballet soloist, Jake Mangakahia, impressive as Lise Dassin’s partner in the An American in Paris ballet, and of course George and Ira Gershwin lush score, brilliantly adapted and arranged by Rob Fisher, and given a lush performance by an excellent Sydney Orchestra under the attentive baton of Music Director, Vanessa Scammell, and you have a production guaranteed to send you out into the busy Sydney traffic with a spring in your step and perhaps a tear in your eye.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS™ PART 1 IN CONCERT

with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Performed in concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Vanessa Scammell, Desplat’s compositions elevate the material in a manner that’s more tangible than watching the film at home.

FilmInc

FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK OPERA 2022

with Caroline O’Connor, Katie Noonan, Elise McCann and Ryan Gonzalez and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Audiences at Singing in the Night were immersed in beautiful music enjoying works from composers including Verdi and Puccini and much-loved musical numbers from shows such as South Pacific, and My Fair Lady.

The performances were led by Australian conductor Vanessa Scammell who curated the program with Camerata’s Artistic Director Brendan Joyce.”

Aruga

CLASSIC ROCK LIVE

with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

“Classic Rock Live truly unearths the raw power of these rock masterpieces with over 50 musicians on-stage with the ASO conducted by the acclaimed Vanessa Scammell and arrangements by the award-winning Jamie Messenger.”

HIFIWAY

THE BAMBOOS

with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Having the opportunity to perform our music on stage with the full Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer hall is really the stuff that dreams are made of. After such a challenging 2020 in Melbourne I feel like these hometown shows are going to be extra cathartic for all involved and so rest assured we’ll be pulling out ALL the stops.”

PETER AND JACK

with Barry Humphries and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

“Conductor Vanessa Scammell expertly handles the complexities of various musical styles and innumerable cues, whilst drawing from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, impassioned performances of music.”

BROADWAY TO LA SCALA

with the Adelaide Symphony

“A hauntingly beautiful You’ll Never Walk Alone led to a well-deserved standing ovation for the performers and for Musical Director Vanessa Scammell who not only led the sensational Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with energy and restraint as needed, but also possesses the most sculpted ‘set of guns’ ever seen onstage.”

SOUTH PACIFIC

Opera Australia

From the overture, and the tender opening scene between Emile De Becque (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) and Nellie Forbush (Lisa McCune), the show is already a joy to behold; the 33-piece orchestra, led by Vanessa Scammell, soars.”

HELLO DOLLY

The Production Company

“The tight orchestra is heard at their very best under the exacting baton of musical director Vanessa Scammell. “

–  Man In Chair

SWEENEY TODD

A TEG Life Like Company production

“The orchestra, under the excellent baton of Musical Director Vanessa Scammell, delivers Sondheim’s sometimes operatic and demanding, sharp, dark and spiky score magnificently.”

JECKYL and HYDE

Concertworks

Maestro Vanessa Scammell again illustrates her flair for musical theatre, her meticulous work allowing the score to be heard at its very best. Orchestral music is rich and lush, and vocal harmonies are expertly realised.”

THE MERRY WIDOW

with West Australian Opera

“Taryn Fiebig made her long-overdue company debut as Hanna under the baton of Vanessa Scammell, WA Opera’s first female conductor.”

with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House

“Conductor Vanessa Scammell achieves a delightful Viennese sound, having the strings play with disciplined uniformity and maintaining a gossamer-light touch throughout the other instruments. Scammell’s pristine work allows the hummable tunes to be heard at their very best.”

DARK SKY SERENADE & SINGING IN THE NIGHT

with Opera Queensland, Festival of Outback Opera

“All the pieces in the repertoire that Conductor Vanessa Scammell, Camerata and Opera Queensland chose are beautiful.”

Indie Symphony: Videogames in Concert

with Orchestra Victoria

“Hosted by Meena Shamaly from ABC Classic’s Game Show and conducted by Vanessa Scammell, the evening’s program consisted of Indie games from both home and abroad.

Indie Symphony: Videogames in Concert was a truly unique experience, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to attend.”