Dr Sergio Camacho is the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Director of Performing Arts. He joined the UNM in 2013, collaborating with the School of Media, Languages and Cultures and the Faculty of Arts as a Research Fellow for the Knowledge without Borders Network. Within that framework, he proposed the establishment of a Performing Arts strategy for the Development of Performing Arts at the UNM, securing collaborative links with several educational, cultural, social and artistic institutions, with the aim of empowering students, staff, alumni and their wider community with Music and Performing Arts experiences in a professional environment.
As an initial result, he devised, produced and directed The Mikado: a COMIC opera, the first inclusive pan-UNM musical theatre production, in collaboration with the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, KLPAC. This production, and all that soon followed, contributed to develop an ongoing Music and Performing Arts scene and network on the University campus, which has been consolidated with the establishment and promotion of several artistic collectives at the UNM, including Uni Per Arts, the UNM Performing Arts Platform and the opening of the first purpose-built Performing Arts space at the UNM, the Drama Studio. Some of the outcomes of this Performing Arts strategy at the UNM include the production of several inclusive shows (such as One Thousand and One Nights (2016) or Don Quixote, A Man of La Mancha (2017), a 120 strong production, which was presented in Semenyih, Seremban, Kuala Lumpur and Ningbo, China), and the establishment, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham UK and China campuses, of the Tri Campus Arts Festival, the first intercampus collaborative creative venture, in which, annually, students and staff from the three campuses meet to share and jointly create artistic experiences and outputs.
His contribution to these fields was acknowledged with his appointment as the UNM Director of Performing Arts.
In terms of research, Dr Camacho is one of the leading voices in the defense of Spanish quintessential operatic genre, zarzuela, as a valid platform for contemporary practitioners. As a composer and an academic, he has contributed to the genre with several works, which has been presented internationally in the UK, Spain, Sweden and Malaysia. He is currently leading, in collaboration with his homologues at the University of Nottingham UK campus, a multidisciplinary research project on Zarzuela and emigration. He is also an advocate for the development of the study and practice of Chinese Orchestra works in Malaysia, and their integration with Western orchestral practices, area to which he has contributed with several compositions, arrangements and orchestrations, including the suite for Chinese Orchestra Discerning Spain (2017), or his latest work From the Island, presented at the contemporary music festival Crosscurrents and Nodes, in Örebro, Sweden, 2019.
Before joining UNM, he worked as the Associate Course Leader for the International College of Music, ICOM, in Kuala Lumpur, as a Lecturer at the University of Northumbria, Sunderland and Newcastle, in the UK, and as the Curriculum Support and Widening Opportunities Manager for Newcastle Music Service.
He is currently developing educational opportunities for FASS students in the field of Performing Arts. One of the first tangible outcomes in this area was the design and delivery of Global Music… read more
Research interests include
Composition, contemporary music, performing arts and new audiences; stage, screen and music technology.
Music Theatre, Zarzuela, opera, operetta; permeability to contemporary practices.
Nationalism and Post-colonialism: post-empire identity and transoceanic cultural commerce.
New Technologies in Education.
World musics; Spanish (including flamenco) and Latin-American folk, Chinese Orchestras, South East Asian, North Indian Classical
His current research has a focus on composition, Music Theatre, Chinese and Western orchestras, with particular attention to Zarzuela, Spanish Lyric Theatre and Nationalism, through the project 'Zarzuela and post-Empire identity in Spain, Cuba and the Philippines', in collaboration with the UoN Department of Music and the UoN Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
He is also currently collaborating with the UNM School of Politics and International Relations and the UoN SPLAS in the establishment of a transnational Indian Ocean research network.
SERGIO CAMACHO FERNÁNDEZ, 2017. Is zarzuela Francoist?: Identity and social issues on the dissemination of Zarzuela in the 21st century. In: JOSÉ ROMERA CASTILLO, ed., Teatro y Marginalismo(s) por Sexo, Raza e Ideología en los inicios del siglo XXI Verbum. 492-504
SERGIO CAMACHO FERNÁNDEZ, 2016. Vigencia de la zarzuela como género de creación contemporánea. In: JOSÉ ROMERA CASTILLO, FRANCISCO GUTIÉRREZ CARBAJO and RAQUEL GARCÍA PASCUAL, eds., Teatro y Música en los inicios del siglo XXI Verbum. 471-485
SERGIO CAMACHO, 2016. Is Zarzuela a Glocal Genre?: Interactions of Zarzuela with its contemporary genres Revista académica liLETRAd. 45-52