The 13th annual Helpmann Awards ceremony was held earlier this week in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. Named after the legenday Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer Sir Robert Helpmann (1909 – 1986), the awards recognise excellence in live performance, acknowledging its significant contribution to the greater Australian community and recognising distinguished artistic achievement across the major disciplines of live performance in Australia, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. The Helpmann Awards also incorporates the JC Williamson Award™ for outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry.
Special congratulations to the winners in the classical music categories, especially to Opera Australia’s production of Salome which swept the board for Best Opera, Best Male and Female Singers in Opera – John Wegner and Cheryl Barker – and Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, Jacqui Dark. Other classical awrd winners include Jose Carbo, Jordi Savall and Andrew Lawrence King, and Simone Young conducting the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
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