The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards recognised distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in our vibrant live performance sectors, including opera, classical music, theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret, musical theatre and contemporary music and AMPAG congratulates all winners and nominees. With 172 nominees from 750 entrants, across 42 categories, the strength and breadth of the Australia’s performing arts and live entertainment was clearly on display.
AMPAG members were well represented with creatives and artists from Belvoir’s productionThe Drover’s Wife winning four awards; Best Male Actor is a Play–Mark Coles Smith, Best Direction in a Play–Leticia Caceres, Best Play and Leah Purcell won Best New Australian Work.
Also in theatre, Guy Simon’s performance in Melbourne Theatre Company’sJasper Jones won Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play and Anna Cordingley won Best Scenic Design. Best Sound went toThe Encounterpresented by Complicite, Sydney Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Adelaide Festival and Perth International Festival. Kate Mulvany’s performance in Bell Shakespeare’s Richard 3 won Best Female Actor in a Play.
The Opera Saul (Adelaide Festival, in association with State Opera South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre present a Glyndenbourne Festival Opera production), took the lion share of Opera accolades this year with, Kanen Breen winning Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, Christopher Purves winning Best Male Performer in an Opera, Joachim Klein–Best Lighting Design, Erin Helyard–Best Music Direction, Barrie Kosky winning Best Direction of an Opera and the production winning Best Opera.
Lorina Gore won Best Female in a Supporting Role in an Opera for her performance in Opera Australia’sKing Rogerand Lise Lindstrom won Best Female Performer in an Opera for her performance in Opera Australia’s The Ring Cycle.
In dance, Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production went to The Australian Ballet’s Kevin Jackson for his performance in Nijinsky while Bangarra Dance Theatre won Best Regional Touring Production forTerrian.
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra won Best Symphony Orchestra Concert for Stemme, Skelton, Tristan & Isolde.
The Helpmann Awards also incorporate the J.C. Williamson and Sue Nattrass Awards for outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry. These pre-announced awards were formally presented at the ceremony on Monday night and AMPAG would like to congratulate the winners Rob Brookman AM and Richard Tognetti AO.
The full list of 2017 Helpmann Award winners can be seenhere.