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Amidst the puppets and pranksters, Miriam Margolyes’ Peter promises to bring the Adelaide Symphony's house down.
The Perth-based orchestra is packing Wagner, Mahler and Sculthorpe for its first international tour in ten years.
The Sydney-born Heldentenor triumphs as the first ever Australian Tristan at the Metropolitan Opera.
Plans to improve arts coverage in Australia's Classical Music and Arts Magazine have heavyweight industry support.
Researchers have recovered the famous Enigma code-breaker's first ever recording of synthetic music 65 years on.
Geordie Bookman has formed an Ensemble company which will take its first steps with two back-to-back productions.

Editor’s Choice

How did a young piano prodigy from regional Queensland become one of the world’s most up-and-coming musicians?
The Australian Financial Review's Political Editor is also a member of Canberra Choral Society's alto naughty corner.
From basketball to the slippery ski slopes and beyond, sportsmen aren’t alone in having to weigh up the odds.
From diva rivalries to indecent acts in toilets, a new recording project looks at those who rose and those who fell.
The Australian pianist feels our traditional tertiary musical education system needs a change of emphasis.
In an exclusive birthday interview, music's self-confessed “bulldozer” talks to Limelight's Editor about why he’s not done yet.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ Double basses take the spotlight to celebrate five years of AWO.
★★½☆☆ Musical itself is weak but fabulous (conjoined) co-stars are well worth seeing.
★★★½☆ Melbourne foursome brings us Beethoven's words and music in a nutshell.
★★★★☆ Brazilian pianist offers masterclass in understated excellence.
★★★★☆ Brett Weymark’s foam-flecked Vaughan Williams conquers the high seas.
★★★★½ The Brazilian pianist is a connoisseur's artist if ever there was one.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★☆ Powerful new US opera comes out on top.
★★★★½ Lyricism aplenty in star duo’s dip into the early 20th century.
★★★★☆ From Ralph Vaughan Williams’ London fog to his Indian summer.


Sarah Sweeting on how she came to discover a more sensual, seductive expression of Venus.
Perhaps explaining how a contrabassoon makes noise via smartphone translation is not so odd.
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin was flown in for the Festival Farewell.