Saturday, December 26, 2015

The inaugural 2015 OperaChaser Awards and Commendations

Award for Outstanding Production, The Rabbits, Opera Australia, Barking Gecko and Melbourne Festival
photo credit: Jon Green

As 2015 draws to a close, it's time to extend my thanks to all involved in creating the ephemeral beauty of opera in performance and give mention to those who have contributed in sharing their artistic pursuits by nourishing their audiences with immeasurable and lasting enjoyment.

In compiling the inaugural OperaChaser Awards and Commendations, the joy of reminiscing on a year loaded with more than 70 fully staged productions at home in Melbourne and around the world is a privilege I don't take for granted. There is no ceremony, no trophy and no prize, but I sincerely hope that these awards bring a little pleasure to the deserved artists who brought excellence to the art of opera and all who continue to dig deep into their artistic, dramatic and creative energies.

2015 OperaChaser Melbourne Awards
From 18 productions and 5 concert performances*

The Rabbits: Opera Australia, Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Melbourne Festival

Concert Performance
I Puritani: Victorian Opera
featuring Jessica Pratt, Celso Albelo and conductor Richard Mills

Innovative Opera Company
Victorian Opera

Luke Leonard
The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Gertrude Opera (Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival)

Male in a Supporting Role
Shane Lowrencev
as Leporello, Don Giovanni, Opera Australia

Steven Gallop
as Caspar, Der Freischütz, Melbourne Opera

Female in a Supporting Role
Jane Ede
as Countess Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Australia

Milijana Nikolic
as Princess Eboli, Don Carlos, Opera Australia


Set Design
Robert Jones
Costume Design
Gabriela Tylesova
The Rabbits, Opera Australia, Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Melbourne Festival

Lighting Design

* I was not in attendance at Victorian Opera's new production of The Flying Dutchman. 

2015 OperaChaser Australian Commendations
From 9 productions seen in Brisbane and Sydney.

Bajazet, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney
Male in a Lead Role
Christopher Lowrey
as Gernando, Faramondo Göttingen International Handel Festival production, Brisbane Baroque

Female in a Lead Role
Latonia Moore
as Aida, Aida, Handa and Opera Australia 
Erin Helyard

2015 OperaChaser International Commendations
From 45 productions seen in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Madrid, Munich, New York, San Francisco, St Louis, Stuttgart, Vienna and Washington.


Innovative Opera Company
The Dallas Opera

Calixto Bieto
Jenůfa, Stuttgart Opera

Male in a Lead Role
Pavol Breslik
as Nemorino, L'elisir d'amore, Zurich Opera

Female in a Lead Role 
Olga Kulchynska
as Giulietta, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Zurich Opera

Evelino Pidò
Rigoletto, Vienna State Opera

I'd also like to thank everyone who makes the front of house experience memorable so there's one more commendation I'd like to share.

Outstanding Usher
Hector at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Once again, thank you to all!


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