Helpmann Awards – Night of Nights for Hobart Baroque & More

The 2014 Helpmann Awards Nominations have been announced. All over Australia, and as far away as America, both artists and creatives are celebrating. Hobart Baroque, Australia’s fabulous Early Music Festival features prominently, having been nominated in three categories.

Best Direction of an Opera - Chas Rader-Shieber for Handel’s Orlando, Best Female Performer in an Opera, the lovely American soprano Kathryn Lewek for Orlando and Best Individual Classical Music Performance the outstanding Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Executive Producer for Hobart Baroque Jarrod Carland commented “I can’t recall any event making such a swift and formidable reputation as Hobart Baroque…we received two nominations for our inaugural festival and this year we have gone one better”. The Tasmanian Government must be feeling well pleased with giving support to such a successful festival during and following its founding stage. Nominations were announced simultaneously in events held at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth, by various acclaimed performers in each city, including Lisa McCune, Todd McKenney, Jonathon Biggins, John Wood, Nancye Hayes, Simon Gleeson, Li Cunxin and Greta Scacchi.

Opera Australia was a standout receiving seventeen nominations in the opera categories, plus a further ten for its partnership with John Frost for The King and I, in which Lisa McCune stars. Helpmann Awards Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, said “The Helpmann Awards are the pinnacle ‘night of nights’ event for our industry, recognising the very best in live performances that annually attract over sixteen million people to shows across the country with revenues topping $1.2 billion.”

Named for one of Australia’s legendary artists, Sir Robert Helpmann meant that a good deal of razzle dazzle accompanied the happy news. We were pleased to see Opera Australia nominated twice for Gabriela Tylesova for the costume for The Turk in Italy and King and I. Jo Bayley of Fashion Elixir recently visited the costume department to find out for fashion fans and followers how they are produced.

There is some extraordinary talent in the line up of nominees, creators, casts and crews must chuffed. Victorian Opera received seven nominations, including the wonderful soporano Jessica Pratt for La Traviata, another piece of great news. Well known names stand alongside those nominated for the first time and those who have won or been nominated before. Great performance artists feel great honour at being nominated in light of the amazing talent in Australia today. Great achievements should be recognised. The 14th Annual Helpmann Awards will be presented live at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney Monday 18th August, broadcast on Foxtel. Download List Helpmann Awards 2014 nominations

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