Stand out winners for the majors in opera were Opera Australia, picking up seven Bobbies' altogether, four of which went to La Traviata on Sydney Harbour. State Opera of South Australia won three awards for its production of Moby Dick, including Best Opera.
Malthouse Theatre picked up three awards, two in association with Meow Meow Revolution for The Little Match Girl, and a third (Best Play) for Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, shared with Back to Back Theatre and Melbourne Festival.
Bangarra received two awards for Belong, Sydney Theatre Company two for Gross und Klein, and Sydney Symphony two for its Evgeny Kissin concert (one was an individual award for the pianist).
Melbourne Theatre Company (The Importance of Being Earnest), Belvoir (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll), Musica Viva (Tafelmusik The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres), West Australian Opera (a co-production of Elektra shared with ThinIce, Perth International Arts Festival and Opera Australia) and Sydney Dance Company (2 One Another) were all recognised with an award.
The night featured spectacular snippets from several shows, including Opera Australia's South Pacific, The Australian Ballet's Swan Lake, Bernadette Robinson in Songs for Nobodies, and Cirque de Soleil's OVO.
Australian Dance Awards 2012
AMPAG member, Bangarra Dance Theatre, was celebrated in the 2012 Australian Dance Awards, winning the 2012 Outstanding Performance by a Company, for its production of Belong. Bangarra was commended for exceptional technique, strong ensemble work, and consistent, powerful and theatrical portrayal of character, story and emotion.
The Australian Dance Awards are decided by a panel of dance professionals: Robina Beard, Lee Christofis, Julie Dyson, Jeff Meiners, Ruth Osborne, Jill Sykes, Joanna Noonan, Valerie Lawson, Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Cheryl Stock, Peter Burdon, Dr Maggie Tonkin, Lesley Graham, Chris Boyd, Jordan Beth Vincent, Rita Clarke, Jo Pollitt.