Australia’s leading coloratura talks about her new Mozart CD and how she gets to the top (and stays there).

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Emma Matthews has had a string of triumphs singing the great operas of the bel canto tradition but  she has recently made the switch to Mozart with a new CD recorded for ABC Classics. So what is so compelling about the Viennese wunderkind and what’s next for Australia’s top coloratura soprano?


Paul Wittgenstein

How did a war-wounded pianist persuade Ravel, Britten and Prokofiev to write pieces for his left hand?

Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky theatres and concert hall in St Petersberg are some of the finest music venues in the world, thanks to their chief conductor.

Music on the Edge

The Canberra and Darwin Symphony Orchestra are bands on the rise, thanks largely to their dynamic young maestros.

Claudio Abbado Remembered

A look at the incredible legacy left behind by the legendary Italian conductor.

Composer of the Month

His atmospheric fountains, pines and festivals still regularly enthrall concert audiences worldwide, but was Respighi simply a three-hit wonder?

Musical Journey: St Petersberg

Travel correspondent Hoshimi Sakai explores a city that has classical music at its heart, as long as you don’t mind a bit of snow (and rudeness).


Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Riccardo Chailly’s masterful recordings of Brahms with the Leipzig Gewandthaus; Martha Argerich performing Mozart in Claudio Abbado’s final recording; Australian-based early music ensemble La Compañia in music from Mexico; Opera Australia’s delightful 50s makeover of Rossini’s The Turk in Italy, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s unforgettable reading of Mozart’s violin concertos.

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.