Opera Australia was the big winner at the 35th annual Green Room Awards, taking home awards in each of the nine categories in which it was nominated, leaving Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera empty handed.

The Green Room Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the professional performing arts in Melbourne across theatre, music theatre, opera, dance and cabaret. The ceremony, which was held last night at the Comedy Theatre, awarded productions and artists who had excelled in 2017.

Opera Australia’s production of Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger won seven awards including Best Production, Best Female Lead for Lorina Gore and Best Male Lead for Michael Honeyman. Damiano Michieletto won Best Direction for Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci .

Michael Honeyman and Lorina Gore in King Roger. Photograph © Keith Saunders

In the Music Theatre category Opera Australia and John Frost’s revival of My Fair Lady won five awards including acting gongs for Charles Edwards, Robyn Nevin and Reg Livermore. Disney’s Aladdin also took home five awards including Best Production.

Christie Whelan Browne, one of three actors who made sexual misconduct allegationsagainst Craig McLachlan and who has since had to deal with serious trolling on social media, won...

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