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Opera Panel
Work that is eligible to be registered with the Opera panel is wholly or predominantly sung and in which singing and instrumental music drives the narrative.
Members
CAMERON MENZIES - PANEL CHAIR
Sydney born stage director Cameron Menzies first trained in acting at the Ensemble Acting Studios under the renowned Hayes Gordon OAM, he then studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where he obtained his Bachelor of Music. As a Green Room nominated director he has worked in Opera, Theatre and Music Theatre, Health/Arts and Film Documentary with companies such as Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Short Black Opera Company, VCA Opera, The Opera Studio,  Australian National Academy of Music, BreaCan Australia, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and Oper Köln.
ALAN BARKER
Alan is an international conductor of Opera and Ballet having worked in the highest levels of both art forms here in Australia and around the world for the last 40 years. He was Music Director at the Scotland National Ballet and Sacramento Ballet.  He currently still conducts internationally with his acclaimed production of Cinderella just recently in Japan. He is hugely knowledgeable about opera and opera conducting and fills many of the newly outlined list of desired experiences.  Alan will be a hugely important new panel member for the Opera Panel.
FIONA DEARING
Fiona was secretary of the Green Room Awards Association for nine years and is immediate past head of the Opera Panel. She originally hails from a music industry background. Her move to the arts world saw her involved in a number of production management roles as well as managing large corporate conferences. She has a strong background in music having previously studied flute and voice.
ANGUS GRANT
Angus Grant has worked in opera professionally as a singer, conductor, composer, producer, critic and educator.   He is a baritone who is a foundation member of the Victorian Opera Chorus where has performed since 20006. He is also an education associate for that company where he is able to use his communication skills and his extensive knowledge of operatic repertoire to introduce opera to new audiences. He has also performed as a soloist with Melbourne Opera, the Tasmanian Symphony and Geminiani Orchestras and has worked as a music critic for ABC radio 774.
MARGARET HAGGART
LIANE KEEGAN
Liane has received scholarships from the Opera Foundation Australia and Shell Royal Opera House Covent Garden Scholarship, which enabled her to study at the National Opera Studio London. She attended the Summer School in Graz on the American Institute of Musical Studies Scholarship and Opera Foundation Australia, and in 1997, she won a Bayreuth Bursary from the Wagner Society of Great Britain. Successes in the role of Erda, First Norn and Waltraute (DIE WALKÜRE) in the RING DES NIBELUNGEN in Adelaide have confirmed Liane Keegan as one of Australia's finest Dramatic Contraltos. Other engagements in recent seasons include First Norn THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS for the English National Opera; Edinburgh International Festival; Page SALOME with the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra with Edo de Waart; Filipjevna EUGENE ONEGIN for Staatsoper Stuttgart and recital appearances in Siena, Florence and the Winchester Festival in the UK.
KERRY MURPHY
Professor Kerry Murphy is currently Head of Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium. She is a founding member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Francophone Music Criticism 1789-1914, and since 2006 has been an Honorary Associate (and Australian corresponding member) of CHOMBEC (UK) (Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth). She has served and continues to serve on a number of Editorial Boards of Australian and European Music journals. Murphy has been productive in attracting international scholars to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (through a number of grant schemes); this has enriched the scholarly and research climate for staff and postgraduate students. In 2008 she was elected a member of the Australian Academy of Humanities.
PETER TAPLIN
DERMOT TUTTY
Dermot Tutty is a respected voice teacher, choral conductor, stage director and composer. Dermot teaches singing at Melbourne Grammar School, and works as a choral conductor and voice teacher at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The King David School. Students from Dermot's private studio have won national and international competitions, including the Herald Sun Aria Competition and the Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Graz, Austria. He has tutored numerous treble soloists for roles with Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. Production credits include Music Director for the NBCA Sony release, Almost Angels, and work for Nuffsaid Records, Obese Records, and national television programmes and commercials.
ROBERT WHITEHEAD
Robert Whitehead has been a long standing member of the Green Room Awards Association, almost from it's inception.  A past member of the GRAA executive and Opera Panel Chair, he has extensive experience in Design and Education. With a strong background in the performing arts he has  designed for productions in both opera and stage, he is principal of his own design company.  Having studied piano and voice he has performed in both choral and independent productions. He is also a Board Member of the AIOA.