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Margaret Cameron © Chamber Made Opera

Margaret Cameron

On Monday 20 October 2014 we lost an exceptionally dear one in our Chamber Made Opera family. Margaret Cameron died at her home on the Bellarine Peninsula, aged 59.

Margaret was Chamber Made Opera's Resident Director between 2010-2013. She directed Chamber Made Opera's very first living room opera, The Itch (2010) and worked on the world's first opera for an iPad, Exile (2010). Her long-time collaboration with former Artistic Director David Young fostered a plethora of new and wildly diverse works, with their absolutely epic work The Minotaur Trilogy - which received its world premiere at the 2012 Melbourne Festival - a particular high point.

Margaret's final solo work, Opera for a small mammal (2013), developed and presented by us in collaboration with Bell Shakespeare's Minds Eye and La Mama, has been described as:

'...the culmination of a life’s work by one of Australia’s most important theatre artists... With a linguistic and intellectual richness that is rare on our stages, her performance was redolent with wit, sorrow and sensual passion. Small, but perfectly formed.' Alison Croggon, THE MONTHLY.

Her website,, has a detailed biography of her long, international career and archives many of her lauded works.

She was brave, transcendental and uncompromising. A Total Artist.

Vale dear M.

“Cameron rides a different "frontier", her own psychic landscape … material reality and social relations are mutable, charged with desire and imagination”
Thompson, Writings On Dance

Margaret Cameron was a Melbourne based performance poet, director and teacher. Receiving diverse commissions in theatre and cross art form collaborations, she created contemporary performance that was informed by enduring collaborative exchange. Her arts praxis was regularly affirmed, notably by the Australia Council for the Arts Theatre Fellowship in 2004 and most recently The Ross E Trust Award for Script Development 2012.

Margaret's interview for the Chamber Made Opera 25 Years Project can be seen here.

Chamber Made Opera projects:
Resident Director 2010-2013

Opera for a small mammal >> Writer, Performer, Director (2013)
The Minotaur Trilogy >> Co-Creator (2012)

Minotaur The Island >> Librettist & Director (2011)
The Itch >> Director (2010)
Target >> Dramaturgist (2010)
Exile >> Director (2010)