May 2021

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In the Limelight

The events you need to see this month.

The luminous Australian soprano has died at home of cancer at the age of 49.

The Australian tenor, whose career spanned almost six decades, has died at 93.


Paul Dean celebrates the Australian World Orchestra’s first decade
by Christopher Lawrence

Sir Simon Rattle on Janáček’s acutely personal opera
by Clive Paget

Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s new Artistic Director talks COVID and connection
by Steve Dow

What is at stake for all of us in deciding which musical stories we tell?
by Amanda Harris


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
by Clive Paget
Recording of the Month

On the Record
by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge
by Keyna Willins
New Music

From Lockdown to Live
by Antony Pitts
Vocal & Choral

by Jo Litson

by Lynden Barber

Children in Opera
by Justine Nguyen

On Air & Online


In praise of living eulogies
Instead of only celebrating people when they’re in a box, let’s regularly tell them we love them, says Guy Noble.
Guy Noble’s Soapbox

The Viol Family
Though she studied the piano, Laura Vaughan became smitten with the viola da gamba and also plays the lirone, which a colleague described as “The Goosebump Machine”.
Playing Up

Catherine Alcorn
The stage performer, whose Bette Midler show The Divine Miss Bette has toured widely including to the US, discusses learning on the job in Wagga Wagga, and her excitement at premiering a new show at Tasmania’s Festival of Voices.
My Music


Jo Litson

Deputy Editor
Angus McPherson

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Lynden Barber, Peter Berner, Steve Dow, Jazmin Ealden, Amanda Harris, Christopher Lawrence, Justine Nguyen, Guy Noble, Clive Paget, Antony Pitts, Laura Vaughan, Keyna Wilkins

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The June 2021 issue of Limelight will be available online from 24 May, 2021.