June 2021

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In the Limelight

The editors of Limelight share their selection of the most exciting classical music, opera and theatre events coming up in June.

A glimpse of what opera could become post-COVID, as the artform embraces drive-ins, livestreams, virtual reality and digitally augmented live performances.


How the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is redressing the gender imbalance
by Yvonne Frindle

Miriam Hyde’s daughter recalls her mother’s love of music
by Christine Edwards

Dulcie Holland’s diaries reveals her heartbreaking decision to leave London
by Julie Ihle

Why has Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina inspired so many adaptations?
by Deborah Jones

Raymond Hanson’s legacy as a composer is not to be underestimated
by Tonya Lemoh


Amy Campbell
by Jo Litson

On the Record
by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge
by Gordon Hamilton
New Music

Sonya Yoncheva
by Clive Paget
Opera & Vocal

Vietnam Requiem
by Christopher Latham
Vocal & Choral

My Name is Gulpilil
by Lynden Barber

On Air & Online


Jazzing it up
Rather than always expecting classical precision, it’s sometimes cool to make things up on the spot.
Guy Noble’s Soapbox

The Tar
Iranian-Australian tar player and composer Hamed Sadeghi fell in love with his instrument after hearing it on the radio aged 13. Now based in Sydney, he fuses traditional Persian music and jazz with his quintet Eishan Ensemble.
Playing Up

Extra Content

Since our relaunch in late 2020, an enhanced range of content is available online for Limelight subscribers to access, including:

  • Reviews of live performances around Australia, published as soon as possible after the opening performance
  • Daily news from the music and broader performing arts scene in Australia and around the world
  • Up-to-the-minute reviews of recorded performances available through streaming or as CDs, including exclusive reviews of Australian performers and Australian composers as well as visiting international artists
  • Online-only features including artist interviews, composer profiles, festivals, current issues and events
  • Online-only columns by musicians and music experts

In books, Brett Allen-Bayes finds much to admire leafing through András Schiff’s memoir, even if it’s not really a memoir, while Diana Simmonds is intrigued by the Theatrical Portrait Photography of H. Walter Barnett. On CD, Alexandra Coghlan is gripped by a new take on Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Greg Keane enjoys the dark side of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Rachmaninov, Lisa MacKinney spends an hour with Steven Isserlis in Proust’s salon, Steve Moffatt finds the entente distinctly cordiale in an album of French piano duets, Phillip Scott enjoys the music of Ligeti and Weinberg, Will Yeoman delights in Alina Ibragimova’s Paganini, and Clive Paget reviews opera DVDs by Donizetti, Chaya Czernowin and Alfano (aka the man who completed Turandot). New reviews posted online weekly.

This month’s online columns will include:

Composer of the Month

Caption Competition

Australian Art Music Playlist
Cameron Lam


Jo Litson

Deputy Editor
Angus McPherson

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Lynden Barber, Peter Berner, Lisa Campbell, Christine Edwards, Greg Eldridge, Yvonne Frindle, Gordon Hamilton, Julie Ihle, Deborah Jones, Greg Keane, Christopher Latham, Tonya Lemoh, Patricia Maunder, Guy Noble, Hamed Sadeghi, Diana Simmonds

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The July issue of Limelight will be available online from 21 June. Available in stores from 2 July.