September 2023

Play Video about The EveR 6, an AI-powered robot that made its conducting debut in Seoul, Korea earlier this year, appears on the cover of Limelight magazine.
Cover image of the September 2023 issue of Limelight


What does artificial intelligence mean for music-making?

by Oliver Bown

How a new work for West Australian Ballet seeks to echo Van Gogh.

by Jansson J. Antmann

The winding path that led to Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall’s new musical.

by Deborah Jones

We explore the life and music of William Byrd, 400 years after his death.

by Clive Paget

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Anthony LaPaglia will make his Australian stage debut as Willy Loman in an exclusive Melbourne season of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. He explains why he decided to take on the role.

by Jo Litson

On the Record

Handel’s tree-hugging despot enjoys a lively new outing, the Philly aces Rachmaninov, Christian Li explores Mendelssohn, and Offenbach’s Peruvian soufflé fizzes with fun.

by Clive Paget

Classical Music

Conductor Rick Prakhoff and violist George Deutsch reveal their ambitious plan for the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra’s 90th birthday celebration.

by Maddy Briggs

Cutting Edge

Sound artist Daniel Portelli explains how an art music/video essay about our relationship with mangroves is a form of forest therapy.

by Daniel Portelli


Sisters Courtney and Emily Monsma are currently performing alongside each other in one of their dream musicals, and it feels like it was meant to be.

by Jo Litson


Farah Karim-Cooper’s radical reassessment that refuses to throw the Bard out with the bathwater.


by Diana Simmonds


The emotional territory may feel familiar, but the inventive way it’s treated does not.


by Jason Blake

In the Limelight

A round-up of our recent news reports.

The latest arts appointments and departures.

The buzz around live performance.

Radio and streaming concert highlights.


Guy Noble's Soapbox

Fed up with being bombarded with requests for feedback about everything from online purchases to hotel visits, Guy Noble ponders sending reverse feedback.

Playing Up

Théotime Langlois de Swarte didn’t choose
the life of a Baroque violinist; it chose him. Ahead of his Australian tour, he talks about his quest to find his musical voice and the 1665 Jacob Stainer violin he plays.

World Premiere

Justin Williams is Assistant Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He discusses his First Symphony, which old friend Umberto Clerici commissioned and will conduct at QSO.

5 Questions For

Since 2017, the Melbourne-born violinist has been based in London, where she is Associate Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra. She discusses playing with the Australian World Orchestra.

My Music

The Australian performer discusses growing up
in Jamaica, playing Billie Holiday on stage, and her regret at not playing an instrument.


Staff and Contributors

Print Editor
Jo Litson

Digital Editor
Jason Blake

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Staff Writer
Maddy Briggs

Peter Berner, Oliver Bown, Shamistha de Soysa, Deborah Jones, Jansson J. Antmann, Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Zahra Newman, Guy Noble, Daniel Portelli, Diana Simmonds


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