Michael Fabiano, Vivica Genaux, & Jessica Pratt Among Major Nominees For Helpmann Awards 2019

By David Salazar

The Helpmann Awards have announced their 2019 nomination, which envelop all performing arts. However, our main focus will be on the opera nominees. The awards will be presented on July 14 and 15, 2019.

The nominees for Best Opera are Arts Projects Australia, Adelaide Festival, and Perth Festival’s “The Magic Flute;” “Opera Australia’s “Wozzeck” and “Metamorphosis,” and Pinchgut Opera’s “Artaserse.”

The four selections for Best Direction of an Opera include William Kentridge for “Wozzeck” at Opera Australia, Lindy Hume for “Don Giovanni” at Opera Queensland, Sarah Giles for “Lorelei” at Victorian Opera, and Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade for “The Magic Flute” at the Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival.

The nominees for best Female Performer in a Supporting Role include Emma Pearson for “Carmen in the Square,” Taryn Fiebig for “Metamorphosis,” Natalie Aroyan for “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” and Aleksandra Olczyk for “The Magic Flute.”

Vivica Genaux (“Artaserse”), Lorina Gore (“Wozzeck”), Jessica Pratt (“Lucia di Lammermoor”), and Lise Lindstrom (“Salome”) are the four nominees for Best Female Performer in an opera.

Genaux and tenor Stuart Skelton were also nominated in the Best Individual Classical Music Performance, alongside Asher Fisch and Diana Doherty.

In the best male performer in a supporting role, the nominees are John Longmuir for “Wozzeck,” Nicholas Jones for “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” Tom Erik Lie for “The Magic Flute,” and Derek Welton for “Parsifal.”

Finally, the men contesting the Best Male Performer in an opera are David Hansen for “Artaserse,” Michael Honeyman for “Wozzeck,” Michael Fabiano for “Werther,” Simon Lobelson for “Metamorphosis,” and Aaron Blake for “The Magic Flute.”