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*Pic: Chas Rader-Shieber, Kathryn Lewek, Julia Lezhneva

After just two years, Hobart Baroque has moved into the big league of national festivals with no fewer than three nominations in the 2014 Helpmann Awards, announced last night.

Best Direction of an Opera
Chas Rader-Shieber, Orlando

Best Female Performer in an Opera
Kathryn Lewek, Orlando

Best Individual Classical Music Performance
Julia Lezhneva with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

“I can’t recall any event making such a swift and formidable reputation as Hobart Baroque,” says Executive Producer Jarrod Carland, who was in Hobart for last night’s announcement at the Theatre

“We received two nominations for our inaugural festival and this year we have gone one better.

“The Helpmanns are Australia’s most prestigious performing arts awards”, said Mr Carland. “Like the Academy Awards, the Tonys and the Golden Globes, it is a tremendous honour just to be nominated. We have our fingers crossed for August when the winners are announced but in the meantime we’re celebrating this year’s success.”

“We also would like to acknowledge our fellow nominees and wish them luck,” adds Mr Carland. “It is such a thrill for Hobart Baroque performances to be recognized in the company of the very finest on offer around the country.”

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra shares one of the Hobart Baroque nominations for its unforgettable appearance with the sensational Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva.

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