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Cover Story: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
In one of his last interviews, the greatest Lieder singer of the 20th century bared his musical soul and reflected on a life devoted to the art of singing.
Simone Young on Wagner
Australia's musical ambassador to Germany gives a masterclass in appreciating the larger-than-anything works of Richard Wagner: "bigger, longer and more intense than anything else."
How Monteverdi's 1607 musical drama heralded the beginning of a radical new artform – known today as opera.
"My Finest Recording"
Sixteen of today's operatic legends choose that special disc on which their voice shone at its very brightest.
The Little Opera Company That Could
There's a whole lot going on away from the state opera companies. We discover ten small outfits doing very big things in opera.
Interview: Elliott Carter
Still an enfant terrible – and still composing! – at the age of 103, the American composer is an incisive critic of modern life – nowhere more so than in his car-crash opera What Next?, which has its Australian premiere this month.
Composer of the Month: Jules Massenet
Why did the brilliantly crafted operas of this 19th-century French master suddenly disappear from the repertoire? We discover why, and celebrate their revival.
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Musical Journey: Brisbane
Fresh from a cultural renaissance, Brisbane is set to dazzle you with more than just sunshine.
A whopping 32 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Daniel Barenboim's momentous Beethoven For All collection with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; James Rhodes' hip live album, The Goldberg Variations on accordion; Opera Australia's Don Giovanni and more.
The Limelight Classical Chart
Exclusive to Limelight, this chart ranks the top 20 best-selling classical CDs and DVDs according to monthly sales figures drawn from Australia's leading classical specialist stores. Unlike other charts, Limelight's specially assembled list admits only pure classical releases – it's not diluted with crossover.
• Backstage: Tango-crooning baritone José Carbó drew on his earliest childhood memories of Argentina to create a passionate new disc with the Grigoryan brothers.
• Opera Column: Sydney Chamber Opera's Louis Garrick on making opera now: instead of relying on big-name singers, the artform must embrace total theatre to survive in the 21st century.
• Guest Column: Gilbert & Sullivan junkie Stuart Maunder explores how the Savoy Operas became part of Australia's larrikin culture and theatrical DNA. But are they really opera?
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