Melissa Lesnie

Recent articles by Melissa Lesnie

The 13 strangest composer deaths in classical music

On Friday the 13th we remember composers who met unusual ends, whether by conducting, pimple or foul play.

Love Song Dedications for Valentine's Day: 10 Classical Muses

A Valentine's Day tribute to the women (and men) who inspired the great composers.

Composers for Movember: Top 20 classical moustaches!

From Janacek's overgrown path to Mussorgsky's facial mess (far from modest).

The 13 scariest pieces of classical music for Halloween

Celebrate Halloween in macabre style with these bone-chilling masterpieces!

Ryoji Ikeda: test pattern [No.5] at Carriageworks

The Japanese master of sound installation brings his mesmerising barcode catwalk to Carriageworks.

Live review: Alisa Weilerstein, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Henze, Shostakovich, Dvorák
Sydney Opera House, June 11

Zensation overload: Ryoji Ikeda in Australia

Carriageworks, June 8–July 1
Free entry

Richard Mills withdraws from Opera Australia's Ring in Melbourne

The maestro leading one of Australian opera's largest and most expensive undertakings calls it quits, citing issues of "personal chemistry".

Top 10 classical Mothers (Mother's Day special)

Gotta love those musical mums. Celebrate Mother's Day in style with Sutherland, Domingo, Gigli and more.

Five Questions For Camilla Tilling

The radiant Swedish soprano takes on Strauss and Sibelius at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Win a 10-CD prize pack of British classical music!

Participate in our "Best of British" classical music survey for your chance to win Limelight's crown jewels.

Singing Life of Pi: Bombay Jayashri's high Cs on the high seas

The voice behind Ang Lee’s blockbuster brings Indian classical music to the Sydney Opera House.

Hobart Baroque: L'Isola Disabitata (Covent Garden)

Direct from Covent Garden, this charming production delighted island audiences at Theatre Royal.

Live review: David Hansen recital (Hobart Baroque)

With the Orchestra of the Antipodes/Erin Helyard
Theatre Royal, April 13

Live Review: L'Isola Disabitata (Covent Garden, Hobart Baroque)

A short-but-sweet triumph in Tasmania marks an auspicious beginning for Hobart Baroque.

Live review: Philippe Jaroussky, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

The French countertenor makes love not war in the battle of Baroque singers.

Live review: The Kreutzer Sonata (Adelaide Festival)

Tolstoy would have approved of this intimate production's novel approach.

Opera on Sydney Harbour panned by French critic

Classical magazine Diapason hurls barbs at Opera Australia’s “hideous monstrosity."

Barry Morgan: tickling his own organ

The bouffant-sporting virtuoso reveals the secrets of the one-finger method.

Flying Bach: breakdancing meets Baroque

German hip-hop dancers break with tradition to prove that Bach is pretty fly for a dead white guy.
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