The fledgling Brisbane Baroque festival has made an impressive showing in the 2015 Helpmanns carrying off coveted awards in five categories:
BEST DIRECTION OF AN OPERA: PAUL CURRAN
BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA: JENNIFER RIVERA
BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA: ANNA DEVIN
BEST MALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA: CHRISTOPHER LOWREY
Held in Brisbane for the first time in April of this year, the event, which is unique in the southern hemisphere, garnered no fewer than eight nominations, an unprecedented result for a new player on the performing arts and festival scene.
Critical and popular acclaim for the staging of Handel’s rare opera Faramondo, never before seen in Australia, was universal.
Originally seen at the celebrated Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany, the production was largely re-cast and rehearsed in Brisbane by the original director, NIDA trained Paul Curran.
“This is an exceptional result, and most heartening”, said Executive Director of Brisbane Baroque, Jarrod Carland.
“We had a dauntingly short time to mount this inaugural event,” he said.
“That we were able to bring it off and score a resounding success was due to the support and goodwill of the local community and the rare collegiality of the Queensland Government and so many of Queensland’s cultural institutions.”
The inaugural Brisbane Baroque was presented from 10 – 18 April 2015 in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Arts Queensland, the Federal Ministry for the Arts, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane Marketing, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s, Opera Queensland and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.