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Opera Australia's "Bliss" tops nominations at 2010 Helpmann Awards

The 2010 Helpmann Award nominations were announced on 2 August and AMPAG companies are frontrunners for the major awards, having 60% of all nominations in eligible categories.

The most nominated show this year is Bliss from Opera Australia (OA) which has received eleven nominations, followed closely by another OA show, Peter Grimes, with eight. Both these operas were directed by Neil Armfield who has been nominated for three Best Director awards having also been nominated for Best Direction of a Play for The Book of Everything (which has five nominations in total), produced by Company B Belvoir & Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image.

Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) has taken the honours in the theatre and musical theatre categories having been nominated for seven awards for both Richard III and The Drowsy Chaperone. For these two shows the Artistic Director of MTC, Simon Phillips, has been nominated as Best Director of a Musical and Best Director of a Play.

In the dance categories Dyad 1929 and The Silver Rose have each received four nominations for The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre has achieved three for FIRE.

Opera Australia performers will definitely win two categories this year as they monopolise all short-listed spots in both Best Female Performer and Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role, with Taryn Fiebig having been nominated twice for her supporting roles in Bliss and La Sonnambula. The State Opera of South Australia is a contender for four awards in the Opera Category for their lauded production of The Flying Dutchman.