I love opera, bluegrass, burger joints and fictional detectives. Mostly, but not always, in that order. Formerly of Dunedin, formerly of Sydney, now travelling the world with the tenor in my life (Stuart Skelton) and blogging as I go.
The full list of this year's award winners can be found here. Winners of the important categories are as follows.
Best Music Direction: Richard Hickox, Billy Budd (Opera Australia)
Best Direction of an Opera: Neil Armfield, Billy Budd (Opera Australia)
Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera: John Wegner, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Opera Australia)
Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera: Dominica Matthews, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Opera Australia)
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Flowering Tree (Perth International Arts Festival/WA Opera/West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
Best Male Performer in an Opera: John Wegner, Billy Budd (Opera Australia)
Best Female Performer in an Opera: Tiffany Speight, The Coronation of Poppea (Victorian Opera)
Best Opera: Billy Budd (Opera Australia)
I agree enthusiastically with almost all of these. I'm very pleased to see Billy Budd take out so many categories: particularly Best Music Direction for the much missed Richard Hickox and, of course, Best Opera, which it absolutely was. (Arabella fell into — and won — the previous year's competition, so I can say that without qualification.) I probably would have picked Phillip Langridge for Best Male over Wegner but both were amazing. And naturally I'm disappointed our Cheryl didn't win for Makropulos (could there really be anything better than her Marty?) but hearty congratulations to Tiffany Speight for topping such a strong field.