End 2018 I handed over the directorship of More Than Opera and Melbourne Chamber Choir to my successor Alan Cook to create more space for new opportunities. I remain as Artistic Director of the German-Australian Opera Grant and Music Director of the New-York based Concertori.
As an Arts Manager, I have:
Produced and managed opera productions and concerts, including festivals (Melbourne Festival 1997 and 2000), partnering with arts centres, corporations, festivals, orchestras, schools and universities
Conducted/musically directed over eight major productions and adapted/translated over six
Coordinated courses in conducting/repetiteur study, drama, ensemble, languages, movement and stagecraft
Engaged guest lecturers including Richard Divall, Richard Gill, Christopher Hogwood, Sharolyn Kimmorley,Sir Donald Macintyre, Stuart Maunder, John Wegner, Simone Young
Secured sponsorships and engaging in business partnerships including ANL, Gray Line and Sofitel Hotel Melbourne Member of Academic Board.
I have been a guest orchestral conductor around the world, for orchestras including: Elder Conservatorium Symphony; Queensland Youth Orchestra (John Curro); Melbourne University Symphony; Monash University Symphony; Shanghai Normal University Symphony; VCA Symphony.
Der Vampyr [read more]
Pecan Summer [read more]
As General Director of More Than Opera, I have recently created two highly successful productions:
The Ring.Wagner.Animated is my 90-minute multimedia adaptation (new words, scenario, musical arrangement, instrumentation) of Wagner's Ring Cycle. [read more]
Meraviglia is a 45-minute educational show which entertains young people and immerses them in the world of Italian history, culture and lifestyle through Italian classical music. [read more]
I may claim to be the most experienced Wagner conductor resident in Australia. Why? [read more]
In March 2011 I conducted a new production of Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow and was later nominated 'Best Opera Conductor' by the Green Room Awards Association.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne celebrated its ninetieth birthday on May 23rd 2011 at the Melbourne Cricket Club and it was attended by 42 clubs including from Japan with the Governor-General of Australia as Guest of Honour. The musical side of things was performed by opera singers Antoinette Halloran (Opera Australia), Stacey Alleaume (OzOpera), Victoria Lambourn (Victorian Opera) and Siobhan Stagg (Dame Nellie Melba Trust scholarship recipient). As musical director, I had arranged some popular songs for female ensemble and they also sang solos from opera.
I was gratified to receive responses such as: "In addition to the visible role you play – at the piano and linking the various performance elements; the overall result of superb singing and your leadership of it all, which, I would add, assumes, on my part, a significant effort behind the scenes. Again---brilliant."
The Castlemaine Festival Youth Symphony Orchestra was brought together for the 2005 Castlemaine Festival. I was assisted by expert mentors including Barry Tuckwell.
In 1992 I was invited to become the Musical Director of the inaugural Ost-West-Jugendsinfonie orchester (East-West Youth SymphonyOrchestra) and to take over this fledgling international youth symphony. Based in Altenburg near Leipzig, the orchestra comprised postgraduate students from Belorus, Croatia, Germany and other countries. The orchestra gave concerts in Altenburg and Salzburg. French oboist Maurice Bourgue was chief mentor, assisted by Croatian viola player Alexander Milosev. I was engaged as a conductor but ended up playing a prominent part in administration and pastoral care. I was invited back as a guest conductor after my return to Australia.
From 1979-1986 I was resident conductor at The Australian Opera with performances at Sydney Opera House, in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
Olivia Cranwell (soprano) and David Kram at the Convention Centre, Adelaide, readying for The Ring.Wagner.Animated
Photo: Tricia Watkinson - Source: The Advertiser
An excerpt from Deborah Cheetham's opera Pecan Summer with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Kram
At the Rotary Club 90th birthday celebration, from L to R David Kram, Stacey Alleaume (soprano) and Victoria Lambourn (mezzo-soprano) | Photo: John Tozer