October 2020

The October 2020 edition of Limelight is available for subscribers to read online on our website.

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In the Limelight

What’s happening on stage this month? From online performances to live gigs, we’ve put together a list of the most exciting events in classical music, opera and theatre taking place in October.

Catch up on what’s been in the limelight with the top arts news stories, important issues and ideas. This month sees Opera Australia facing staff cuts, audiences masking up to hit the theatre again, and a new survey analysing how Australians view the arts.


COVID-19 and the unique opportunity for Australian artists
by Steve Dow

Raise a glass to his unmatched contribution to music
by Jan Bowen

Why two wildly different productions hit the spot
by Harriet Cunningham

The 18th-century movement that caused fear and trembling
by Clive Paget


Jessica Cottis
by Patricia Maunder

Jake Heggie’s Unexpected Shadows
by Steve Moffatt
Recording of the Month

Jamie Barton on working with Jake Heggie
by Clive Paget
Recording of the Month Q&A

On The Record
by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge
by Julian Day
New Music

ACO Transfigured
by Harriet Cunnningham
Orchestral Music

Selby & Friends’ Transfigured
by Phillip Scott
Chamber Music

by Gordon Forester

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 October, 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.


Unknown unknowns
Guy Noble has pondered tunnelling his way beneath borders to raise a baton interstate, as the Prime Minister’s optimistic “snapback” strategy snapped.
Guy Noble’s Soapbox

The Waterphone
When Claire Edwardes first discovered this weird and wonderful instrument in Holland she thought it might be rather one-dimensional, but in fact, she has discovered it is full of sonic possibilities.
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

This month’s bonus reviews will include… Paul Ballam-Cross reviews Ironwood’s new recording of piano quintets by Saint-Saëns and Louise Farrenc, Greg Keane listens to Elīna Garanča and Daniel Barenboim’s reading of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Clive Paget enjoys Jordi Savall’s survey of five Beethoven Symphonies, plus Igor Levit’s latest recital, the Goldner Quartet and Piers Lane rediscover a pair of British rarities, a new recording of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, and John Wilson’s Technicolor take on Respighi’s Roman Trilogy.

This month’s online columns will include:

Composer of the Month
Lili Boulanger

World Premiere
Jodie Rottle

Rising Star
Emmalena Huning

Art Music Playlist
Cameron Lam

What I’m Listening To
Sally Whitwell

Hidden Talent
The drift-racing clarinettist

Film & Television
Lynden Barber


Jo Litson

Deputy Editor
Angus McPherson

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Lynden Barber, Peter Berner, Jan Bowen, Harriet Cunningham, Julian Day, Steve Dow, Claire Edwardes, Gordon Forester, Patricia Maunder, Steve Moffatt, Nick Mitzevich, Guy Noble, Phillip Scott, Robert Veel, Tony Way

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The November 2020 issue of Limelight will be available online from Monday 19 October.
Available in stores from Monday 2 November.