Philip Glass Trilogy wins top award

State Opera of South Australia came home last night with the major Adelaide Critics Circle Award, winning the professional Group Award for the Philip Glass Trilogy.

Philip Glass Trilogy wins top award

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And that was just the half of it—the company’s baritone singer, Douglas McNicol, won the Individual Award for his performance as Iago inOtello.

But the ceremony was soured by news that Arts SA will stop funding the event from next year.

The awards were first started in 1996 by then Adelaide Festival director Robyn Archer—and until now the Adelaide Critics Circle was the only organisation presenting awards in Australia with the benefit of an associated cash prize, which range from $1500 to $500.

ACC chair Peter Burdon is reported as saying it was advised in writing by Arts SA—which this year cut funding from $10,000 to $7000—that it would not fund the awards at all in 2015.

In responding to the awards, Mr Burdon said State Opera’s Philip Glass Trilogy was a major international event in music and that Douglas McNicol’s performance as Iago was one of the great musical highlights of the year.

A review from The Australian on 7 August 2014 said of thePhilip Glass Trilogy:

'The same team’s new, full-scale production of Akhnaten is nothing short of brilliant.

'Six black-clad, barefooted dancers move with trance-like fluidity through and around the singers in a richly imaginative, tightly constructed choreography that complements Glass’s music intimately.

'Hypnotically beautiful, you can lose yourself in it just as you can in Glass’s throbbing, swirling, dark-coloured minimalist score. It’s all gorgeous to witness.'

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