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14 February 2017

Victorian Opera has been nominated for the 2017 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, honouring  11 years of forward-thinking creative vision.

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Victorian Opera, The Flying Dutchman (2015), Photo by Martin Philbey

Classical:NEXT is a leading international forum uniting all sectors of the classical music industry, from recording to performance and distribution. The Classical:NEXT Innovation Award was designed to place the spotlight on ground-breaking activities taking place around the world.

'This award aims to give international recognition to the people who are doing the most to push things forward with daring yet intelligent, effective and successful out-of-the-box thinking, planning and action,' said Jennifer Dautermann, Classical:NEXT Director.

Renowned for its contribution to the development of new Australian opera and music theatre, Victorian Opera has premiered 17 new works in its 11 year history.

In the past 12 months, Victorian Opera has continued to evolve the artform through the use of technology from live-streaming to 3D digital scenery, and cross art-form collaboration.

In 2016, Victorian Opera's new works included a reimagining of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Laughter and Tears, in collaboration with Circus Oz.

Technology was embraced in Victorian Opera's 2016 season with the company's first exclusively online production, The Darkest Night. The company also collaborated with Deakin Motion.Lab to develop 3D digital scenery for Four Saints in Three Acts and the critically acclaimed production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

The company's next production, Respighi's The Sleeping Beauty, will feature a cast of singers performing alongside 25 life-sized puppets.

The 2017 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award winner will be announced in Rotterdam on 20 May.

Visit the Classical:NEXT website for a full list of nominees

Visit the Victorian Opera website