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'The Marriage of Figaro' by Mozart - Director

     State Opera of South Australia


'Suor Angelica' by Puccini - Director

     Mopoke Theatre Productions - Clayton Wesley Uniting Church S.A.


'Love Burns' by Koehne - Director

     State Opera of South Australia - Touring National Australia


'Acis and Galatea' by Handel - Director

     Co-Opera & Adelaide Botanic Gardens


'Christina’s World' by Ross Edwards – Director

     State Opera of South Australia

Internship/Observation - Opera Holland Park, London

     'Manon Lescaut' Puccini - Director Karolina Sofulak

'Don Giovanni' Mozart – Director

     Co-Opera Inc. Touring Australia

'Tosca' Puccini – Director and Producer 

     Mopoke Theatre Productions – Clayton Wesley Uniting Church S.A.


'Dido and Aeneas' Purcell – Director

     State Opera SA in association with Adelaide Elder Conservatorium of Music

'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' ACT III Wagner – Assistant Director

     State Opera of South Australia – Director Andrew Sinclair

'A Little Night Music Sondheim' – Director

     Watch This. Melbourne Australia.

Internship/Observation - Nice Côte d’Azur Opera House, France  

     'Nabucco' Verdi – Director Jean-Christophe Mast


'La Vida Breve' Falla – Director

     State Opera of South Australia

Internship - Opera Australia. Sydney Australia 

     'Cavalleria Rusticana'/'Pagliacci' – Director Damiano Michieletto & Rodula Gaitanau


'Dido and Aeneas' Purcell – Director and Producer

     Mopoke Theatre Productions and Ensemble Galante, Queen’s Theatre Adelaide

'Price Check' Weatherly– Director

     Loaded Productions, Bakehouse Theatre Adelaide

'La Clemenza di Tito' Mozart – Director

     Co-Opera Intermezzo Artist Development, Adelaide


'L'Heure Espagnole' & 'Gianni Schicchi' Double Bill – Co-director

     Lyric Opera of Melbourne

'Cosi Fan Tutte' Mozart – Director  

     Co-Opera Inc. Touring Australia

     (Adelaide Theatre Guild Award Nomination)


'The Gondoliers Dream Getaway' Gilbert & Sullivan & Palmer – Director  

     Pacific Opera Company, Sydney Australia  

'The Old Maid and the Thief' Menotti – Director and Producer 

     Mopoke Theatre Productions with Co-Opera Inc. Adelaide Fringe Festival 

Internship - Opera Australia. Sydney Australia 

     'Otello' Verdi – Harry Kupfer Original Director, Revival Director Roger Press 

     'Don Giovanni' Mozart – Sir David McVicar Director 

     'The Elixir of Love' Donizetti – Simon Phillips Director 


'Suor Angelica' Puccini – Director  

     Co-Opera Inc. Adelaide SA

Regiehospitanz/Internship - Coburg Landestheater Germany. Nov 2012 – May 2013

     'Dorian Gray' Roland Fister – Bodo Busse Regisseur

     'Der Zigeunerbaron' Strauß – Birgit Kronshage Regisseurin        

     'Madama Butterfly' Puccini – Szemerédy & Parditka Regisseure  


'Tosca' Puccini – Director and Producer 

     St Silas Church Melbourne & Uniting Church Bairnsdale, Vic 

Internship/Observation - Opera Australia. Sydney Australia 

     'Madama Butterfly' Puccini – Moffatt Oxenbould   


'Eugene Onegin' Tchaikovsky – Director  

     Co-Opera Inc. Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide SA     



The Marriage of Figaro

“This State Opera SA production is brilliant….

Cannon is clever. Through this contemporary Australian lens he finds an abundance of humour in The Marriage of Figaro that sets the opera alight. It is funny, very relatable, and it works.

… in Cannon’s hands, it all melts into rapturous comedy of the televisual kind.”

Graham Strahle – In Daily 17 November 2023

“…stage director Nicholas Cannon and State Opera South Australia have nailed it! Their production of Mozart’s much-loved (and much performed) opera The Marriage of Figaro is just wonderful. It deserves to be playing to full houses, and especially to anyone who thinks that grand opera is stuffy, elitist, or inaccessible….

Cannon has adapted the two-hundred-and-fifty-year-old story to the corridors of the Australian parliament in Canberra, and it is a stroke of creative genius. It smacks of a deep understanding of the thematic material in the story and a knack for knowing what will stand up to modernisation, and what will not….

This production is so very good in almost every respect. Nicholas Cannon and State Opera South Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro is breezy, unpretentious, and manifestly able to be easily enjoyed by everyone (if the infectious enthusiasm of the opening night audience is anything to go by!)”

Kym Clayton – The Barefoot Review 16 November 2023

Love Burns

5 Stars “Cannon’s unerring eye when it comes to the finer details and machinations when played out on such a small set. This tragic tale is told with understated humour and brio; never does the score or plot lag… Yet another successful revival.”

Brett Allen-Bayes - LIMELIGHT 7 June, 2021

Christina’s World

4 ½ stars “What we have is, in effect, a painting or tableau brought to life, a place wherein the characters are not only allowed to interact freely, but a place wherein, particularly in the case of the work’s title character, is able to muse and suggest in soliloquy.” Brett Allen-Bayes - LIMELIGHT 3 August 2019


"It gives everything you want for a great night of music and theatre."

Ewart Shaw - Adelaide Advertiser February 2019

A Little Night Music

“astute direction from Nicholas Cannon”

Cameron Woodhead – The Age 28 February 2018


“Direction by Cannon is excellent – this is a slick, sharp production”

Ellen Burgin – Theatre People 4 March 2018


La Vida Breve

“An utterly captivating and delightful experience that deserved a longer season.”

Vincent Plush – Limelight Magazine 1 September 2017


“the cleverness of director Nicholas Cannon”

Greg Elliot – In Daily 31 August 2017

The Old Maid and the Thief

“Mopoke, a new company, announce their presence with a truly charming and finely sung account of this brief Menotti opera ....  the style and freshness of the production. Nicholas Cannon’s direction of a work first written for radio has the cast turning chairs and tables as the location shifts, keeping up with the fluid music. The work is a perceptive choice and we can only wait to see what else Mopoke will bring us.”

Ewart Shaw – Adelaide Advertiser February 2014

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