Australia’s Helpmann Award

Pietari Inkinen Wins Australia’s Helpmann Award

August 20th 2014 -


Congratulations to conductor Pietari Inkinen on their wins at Australia’s Helpmann Awards on Monday, 18th August. Mr Inkinen was honoured for Best Music Direction for Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle.

The annual Helpmann Awards recognise artistic excellence throughout Australia’s vibrant performing arts scene. These unique awards, named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) to celebrate musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, classical music and opera, theatre, dance and physical theatre.

Clive Paget in Limelight Magazine writes of Ms Goerke’s award-winning Sydney performance: “Without any sign of strain, and never scooping or running out of steam at top or bottom, Goerke embodies Elektra as a woman on the verge of madness, with exhilarating intensity. The top notes are utterly thrilling – I can’t recall a performance as vocally secure and gripping as this, and that includes superb Elektras like Gwyneth Jones and Eva Marton."

As well as Mr Inkinen’s award, Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle was named Best Opera, and earned awards for for Neil Armfeld (Best Direction of an Opera), Terje Stensvold (Best Male Performer in an Opera), Jacqueline Dark (Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera) and Warwick Fyfe (Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera. Simon Plant praises the production in The Herald Sun writing, "The Melbourne Ring Orchestra, under the baton of Pietari Inkinen, is simply marvellous and drew out a multitude of colours across the four nights.”

For the complete list of winners, please visit www.helpmanawards.com.au.