Tenor Allan Clayton has been named Best Male Performer in an Opera at the Helpmann Awards’ second and final ceremony this evening, bringing Brett Dean’s Hamlet to four wins at this year’s awards. The centrepiece of the 2018 Adelaide Festival, Hamlet was awarded Best Opera, Best Direction of an Opera (Neil Armfield), and Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera (Lorina Gore) at yesterday’s ceremony.
Allan Clayton as Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival. Photo © Tony Lewis
For her acclaimed debut as Violetta for Opera Australia’s La Traviata, soprano Nicole Car received the award for Best Female Performer in an Opera. International star Jonas Kaufmann won Best Individual Classical Music Performance for his portrayal of the title role in Wagner’s Parsifal, seen here in a concert staging by Opera Australia.
Nicole Car in Opera Australia’s La Traviata. Photo © Prudence Upton
Elsewhere, the Sydney Symphony received the Best Symphony Orchestra Concert award for its presentation of Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody (performed by mezzo Michelle DeYoung) and Bach’s Ich habe genug (performed by baritone David Greco), conducted by David Robertson.
Michelle DeYoung, John Relyea, David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Christie Brewster
Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI and the Tembembe Ensamble Continuo won Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert for its Folías Antiguas and Criollas: From the Ancient World to the New World, a program of early European, Indigenous Mexican, and Latin American music performed at the Perth Festival.
Beating Dream Lover, Mamma Mia! The Musical and Muriel’s Wedding, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was named Best Musical, with its star Esther Hannaford also winning Best Female Actor in a Musical. This brings its total Helpmann wins to five, having received Best Direction of a Musical (Marc Bruni), Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Amy Lehpamer), and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Mat Verevis) awards at last night’s ceremony.
Esther Hannaford as Carole King in Beautiful. Photo © Joan Marcus
In theatre, Hugo Weaving was named Best Male Actor in a Play for Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, while Pamela Rabe won Best Female Actor in a Play for Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company’s The Children. The Children was also named Best Play at this evening’s ceremony, while its director Sarah Goodes received Best Direction of a Play on Sunday.
Hugo Weaving in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Photo © Daniel Boud
Bringing Bangarra Dance Theatre to a considerable seven wins, Stephen Page’s Bennelong was awarded Best New Australian Work and Best Dance Production, while its star Beau Dean Riley Smith won Best Male Dancer for his portrayal of Bennelong. At yesterday’s ceremony, Bennelong also received Best Scenic Design for Jacob Nash and Best Lighting Design for Nick Schlieper, while Bangarra was additionally awarded Best Regional Touring Production for its triple bill OUR land people stories.
Beau Dean Riley Smith and Bangarra dancers in Bennelong. Photo © Daniel Boud
The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was named Best Ballet, with Ako Kondo’s portrayal of Alice winning her Best Female Dancer.