November 2020

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In the Limelight

The buzz around this month’s live performance

The belated season for season announcements


The confirmed risk-taker prepares his final Sydney Festival
by Elissa Blake

Why are we silent on questions of class in classical music?
by James Hazel

How Nicholas Harding started drawing actors from the wings
by Jo Litson

Kathryn Rudge and Elīna Garanča on how to frame Sea Pictures
by Michael Quinn


Tim Minchin
by Jo Litson

Alchemy from Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi
by Will Yeoman
Recording of the Month

On The Record
by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge
by Cat Hope
New Music

The return of the Doll
by Vincent Plush

Natsuko Plays Beethoven
by Chris Reid

by Jo Litson

Michael Tippett: The Biography
by Brett Allen-Bayes

Corpus Christi
by Lynden Barber

On Air & Online

Radio and live performances to stream this month

Each month we take a look at the highlights coming up in online streaming as well as on ABC Classic and the independent radio stations ArtSound, Fine Music Sydney, 3MBS, 4MBS and 5MBS. In November, the arts content you can enjoy from the comfort of your home ranges from streaming the Broadway production of Hamilton to celebrating Beethoven’s 250th.


Erase the roof
In a world where singing is dangerous, Guy Noble goes looking for his sense of humour and decides it’s time to move music outdoors.
Guy Noble’s Soapbox

The Recorder
Featured in a recent, semi-animated documentary called Recorder Queen, Genevieve Lacey loves her instrument’s humility, and says that the recorder has transformed her.
Playing Up

Extra Content

Even before COVID-19, most music lovers had been accessing Limelight’s content through digital channels. From our October 2020 issue, there will be a substantially enhanced range of content that will only be available online. Only Limelight subscribers will be able to access the full range of content, which will include:

  • 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

November’s bonus reviews will include: Warwick Arnold reviews Christophe Rousset’s new disc of harpsichord pieces by the mercurial Armond-Louis Couperin; Lisa MacKinney enters the turbulent waters of Ian Page’s second volume of Sturm und Drang; Steve Moffatt listens to Jonas Kaufmann’s lockdown Lieder album; Michael Quinn sums up David Greco’s radical revising of Die Schöne Müllerin; Phillip Scott considers Gustavo Dudamel’s survey of the symphonies of maverick American composer Charles Ives; and Justine Nguyen offers insights as Stuart Skelton finally gets the chance to record the role of Peter Grimes.

This month’s online columns will include:

Composer of the Month
Gaetano Donizetti

World Premiere

Rising Star

Art Music Playlist
Cameron Lam

What I’m Listening To

Hidden Talent

Film & Television
Lynden Barber


Jo Litson

Deputy Editor
Angus McPherson

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Brett Allen-Bayes, Lynden Barber, Peter Berner, Elissa Blake, Steve Dow, James Hazel, Cat Hope, Genevieve Lacey, Guy Noble, Vincent Plush, Michael Quinn, Chris Reid, Phillip Sametz, Claire Spencer, Will Yeoman

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