The annual Sidney Myer performing arts awards were announced at Cranlana, the former home of Sidney and Merlyn Myer in Toorak, coinciding with the house’s 100-year anniversary on 11 March 2020.
The Individual Award (worth $60,000) was given to director Barrie Kosky. His career spans opera (he was voted ‘Opera Director of the Year’ at the 2014 International Opera Awards), theatre and also include a stint as Artistic Director of the 1996 Adelaide. His most recent work The Magic Flute with Komische Oper Berlin has toured more than three continents including a season in Adelaide in 2019. Although now based in Berlin, Kosky still values his connection to his home.