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Helpmann Award
Best Direction of an Opera
Country Australia
Presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA)
First awarded 2001
Official website Official website

The Helpmann Award for Best Direction of an Opera is an award presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA), an employers' organisation which serves as the peak body in the live entertainment and performing arts industries in Australia. The accolade is handed out at the annual Helpmann Awards, which celebrates achievements in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.[1]

The award is given to the "director who has made a material contribution to the Australian aspect of the production."[2] The nominees are determined by the Opera and Classical Music branch of the Helpmann Awards Nominating Panel; winners are chosen by all branches of the Nominating Panel, and other eligible voters.[3]

Winners and nominees[edit]

   Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour, in boldface.
Year Director Production
2001
(1st)
Neil Armfield The Eighth Wonder
2001
(1st)
Lindy Hume Orlando
2001
(1st)
Barrie Kosky Wozzeck
2001
(1st)
Moffat Oxenbould Simon Boccanegra
2002
(2nd)
Lindy Hume Batavia
2002
(2nd)
Stephen Medcalf Going Into Shadows
2002
(2nd)
Elke Neidhardt Parsifal
2002
(2nd)
Simon Phillips L'elisir d'amore
2003
(3rd)
Neil Armfield The Marriage of Figaro
2003
(3rd)
Elke Neidhardt Il Trovatore
2003
(3rd)
Patrick Nolan Love in the Age of Therapy
2003
(3rd)
Francesca Zambello Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
2004
(4th)
Joe Mantello, Brad Dalton[A] Dead Man Walking
2004
(4th)
Nigel Jamieson Brundibár
2004
(4th)
Harry Kupfer Otello
2004
(4th)
Simon Phillips Lulu
2005
(5th)
Elke Neidhardt Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle)
2005
(5th)
Stuart Maunder Manon
2005
(5th)
Patrick Nolan Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
2005
(5th)
Francesca Zambello The Love for Three Oranges
2006
(6th)
John Cox The Rake's Progress
2006
(6th)
Simon Phillips La Bohème
2006
(6th)
Rachel McDonald La voix humaine
2006
(6th)
David Freeman Nabucco
2007
(7th)
Douglas Horton The Hive
2007
(7th)
Olivia Fuchs Rusalka
2007
(7th)
Lindy Hume The Love of the Nightingale
2007
(7th)
Leigh Warren Satyagraha
2008
(8th)
John Cox Arabella
2008
(8th)
Bruce Beresford A Streetcar Named Desire
2008
(8th)
Adam Cook Little Women
2008
(8th)
Nigel Jamieson Dead Man Walking
2009
(9th)
Neil Armfield Billy Budd
2009
(9th)
Kate Cherry L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea)
2009
(9th)
Chris Kohn The Children's Bach
2009
(9th)
Graeme Murphy Aida
2010
(10th)
Neil Armfield Peter Grimes
2010
(10th)
Neil Armfield Bliss
2010
(10th)
Chris Drummond The Flying Dutchman
2010
(10th)
Alex Olle and Valentina Carrasco Le Grand Macabre
2011
(11th)
Nigel Jamieson La Fanciulla del West
2011
(11th)
Christopher Alden Partenope
2011
(11th)
Michael Kantor Threepenny Opera
2011
(11th)
Leigh Warren Maria De Buenos Aires
2012
(12th)
Leonard Foglia Moby-Dick
2012
(12th)
Bruce Beresford Of Mice and Men
2012
(12th)
Matthew Lutton Elektra
2012
(12th)
Francesca Zambello La Traviata
2013
(13th)
Àlex Ollé Un ballo in maschera
2013
(13th)
Rodula Gaitanou L'isola disabitata
2013
(13th)
Gale Edwards Salome
2013
(13th)
Ludger Engels Semele Walk

Notes[edit]

A^ : The win for Dead Man Walking was for Joe Mantello, credited for "production", and Brad Dalton who oversaw the rehearsal and direction of the opera in Australia.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helpmann Awards - About". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia (LPA)). Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chapter 3 - The Awards; Rule 6.6: Award Categories". Helpmann Awards Rules Revised 28 January 2011. Live Performance Australia (LPA). Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Helpmann Awards - Voting". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia (LPA)). Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Helpmann Awards - Nominees". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia). Retrieved 2011-010-03. 
  5. ^ "Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees". Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Helpmann Awards - Winners (2004)". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia (LPA)). Retrieved 31 December 2012. 

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