Isla Baring OAM, President of the Tait Performing Arts Association, is thrilled to announce the news that our Artistic Advisor, Cameron Menzies, is taking up a new appointment.

I am sure you will all join me in wishing Cameron lots of success and happiness in his new role as Artistic Director of the Northern Ireland Opera.

This is a very dynamic, young opera company based in Belfast. We are particularly pleased to confirm that Cameron will continue in his role as Artistic Advisor to the Tait Performing Arts Association at present. He will be leaving Australia early next year to take up this new position. In the meantime he has started working with them effective immediately. We have attaching Northern Ireland Opera’s media release announcing his new appointment.

NORTHERN IRELAND OPERA APPOINTS NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Roy Bailie, Chairman of Northern Ireland Opera has announced that the Company has chosen the award-winning Australian director Cameron Menzies to be the next Artistic Director of the Company.

Cameron Menzies is currently Artistic Director is of The Classics Opera for City of Stonnington and Associate Artist/Director for Diva Opera (UK). Previously, he has been engaged by companies including Deutsche Oper, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Short Black Opera Company (Australia’s National Indigenous Company), London Philharmonic Orchestra and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London.

Mr Menzies has been nominated for and received many awards including the Berlin New Music Opera award (2011), Bayreuth Opera Award for Opera Foundation Australia and a Sydney Award in 2016 for the best direction of Pecan Summer Australia’s first Indigenous Opera. His critically acclaimed productions for Diva Opera, which include Lucia di LammermoorDon Giovanni,  Die Fledermaus and La Bohème have since 2014, toured extensively in the UK, France, Monte Carlo and The Channel Islands. He has also directed Le Nozze di Figaro in Cape Town for the company, and has worked professionally in Japan and China.

In a career that encompasses opera, theatre, music theatre, cabaret and film-making, Cameron Menzies has also directed the world premiere of several children’s operas and has considerable experience in mentoring and working with emerging artists.

Commenting on his appointment he said

‘I am extremely honoured and thrilled to be joining Northern Ireland Opera as the newly appointed Artistic Director. I wish to thank Chairman, Roy Bailie for the extraordinary opportunity to steer this dynamic and unique company into its next chapter. I look forward to working with the arts community across Ireland and further abroad. Live performance is facing one of its biggest challenges at the moment and I hope to be able to provide as many opportunities as we can with Northern Ireland Opera as we navigate the way ahead.’                          ‘

Roy Bailie, Chairman of Northern Ireland Opera said

‘At the end of an extensive process, with several outstanding candidates, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Cameron Menzies. We welcome him most warmly and look forward to everything he will bring to opera in Northern Ireland and beyond’.

Roisin McDonagh, CEO of The Arts Council of Northern Ireland commented

‘Congratulations to Cameron on this exciting new appointment. We very much look forward to seeing him take Northern Ireland Opera into its next phase, drawing on his impressive international experience to bringing innovative and captivating productions to local audiences’

Patron of Northern Ireland Opera, BBC Radio 3 presenter Sean Rafferty said

‘This is a tremendous appointment for Northern Ireland opera and I am certain that in Cameron Menzies we have found an Artistic Director that will bring new vision and vivacity to this extraordinary company’s work’

Quote from Cameron

“I am so honoured to be taking on the role of Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera. As a proud Australian Artist it will be a wonderful task and challenge to lead the operatic art form for the national company in Belfast.  The company is now 10 years old and is young and fresh and with the huge support from the NI Opera board I am sure we will be able to navigate this new chapter showcasing dynamic and unique experiences. I am also very pleased and thankful to the Tait Performing Arts Association and in particular Diana Murray and Isla Baring in allowing me to stay on as Artistic Advisor to the TPAA in supporting the training of young artists in the UK.   I hope to see you all sometime this year when we might be able to gather to celebrate. I start in my new position in November, and I will be taking up the position in Belfast in February 2021”

Sidra Nissen and Lily Flynn – February 2020

Sidra Nissen and Lily Flynn caught up with Isla Baring in London recently while they were on their way to Manchester. Sidra is captain and Lily is music captain of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

They are shown here at The Ritz Hotel dining Isla, Lily and Sidra being shown around the magnificent dining room before heading off to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the newly opened ‘Picasso and Paper’ exhibition. They also discovered some sketches for ‘My Fair Lady’ in the Ritz lift.

Southern FM Interview – April 2020

Isla Baring is interviewed by Leanne Cutler of Friday Classics on Southern FM in Melbourne about our great work and our Tait Tuesday concerts. Please click on the link and enjoy.

Isla Baring

Sidra Nissen and Lily Flynn – February 2020

Sidra Nissen and Lily Flynn caught up with Isla Baring in London recently while they were on their way to Manchester. Sidra is captain and Lily is music captain of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

They are shown here at The Ritz Hotel dining Isla, Lily and Sidra being shown around the magnificent dining room before heading off to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the newly opened ‘Picasso and Paper’ exhibition. They also discovered some sketches for ‘My Fair Lady’ in the Ritz lift.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and the Tait Performing Arts Association (TPAA) are delighted to announce a joint agreement to benefit VCASS students who are continuing their training in the United Kingdom over the next few years.

VCASS is privileged to collaborate with the Tait Performing Arts Association in honouring the legacy of the Tait Brothers who contributed so much to the performing arts in Australia. We are excited and grateful to the TPAA for their generous support of our students. We are delighted to have this opportunity for our students to be supported and encouraged as they pursue their arts training in the UK and we look forward to watching them flourish on the international arts stage.”
Hilary Bland, Principal VCASS.

The Tait Performing Arts Association, is a not for profit incorporated association based in Melbourne and supports the same ideals as the Tait Memorial Trust which was formed 25 years ago in the UK by Isla Baring OBE and her mother Viola, Lady Tait in memory of her father, Sir Frank Tait and his four brothers.

The Trust offers grants/awards for postgraduate study and performance opportunities for young artists in the UK. The Trust has helped many young singers, dancers and instrumentalists who have subsequently performed with British orchestras in leading opera houses and concert halls around the world.

Isla Baring, President of the TPAA, is delighted with the new relationship and is looking forward to congratulating and greeting the successful awardees in London. “We proudly support young performing artists from Australia and New Zealand and we are so inspired by the work you do at VCASS. It is a pleasure to create an award to help a young person from VCASS to study in the UK, having gained a place in one of the prestigious music colleges in the UK. Thank you for welcoming the Tait Performing Arts Association. I know this is a collaboration we can build on”.
Isla Baring, President of the TPAA

The Tait Winter Prom – 9 December 2014, St John’s Smith Square, London

Connor D’Netto

We are proud to announce that Connor D’Netto, Tait Performing Arts Association Annual Award Winner for 2017/18  has just been announced at the youngest Composer-in-Residence for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Click here to read the press release

Isla, Connor and Diana presenting Connor with his TPAA award last year.

Connor D’Netto, Tait Performing Arts Association Annual Award Winner for 2017/18

Connor D’Netto, Tait Performing Arts Association Annual Award Winner for 2017/18

Winter Prom – Australia House, London UK – Lachlan Monaghan and Isla Baring

Winter Prom – Australia House, London UK – Isla Baring and Valda Wilson

Winter Prom – Australia House, London UK – Simon Lobelson, Valda Wilson and Kelly Lovelady

Talk on Percy Grainger at The Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne 11th Oct 2011 – John Amis, Isla Baring and Bill Fitzwater

Winter Prom – Australia House, London UK – Rosemary Tuck and Richard Bonynge

Winter Prom – Australia House, London UK – Lachlan Monaghan

John Amis at The Savage Club, Melbourne – ‘Lust for Lizst’ 5th October 2011