Plus, the secrets of Rembrandt and Vermeer and why Monteverdi’s sex and politics shocker is the 17th century’s GoT.

November is Limelight’s season preview issue, the essential guide to Australia’s arts scene in 2018 with 16 extra pages and comprehensive listings of the hottest shows, concerts and exhibitions for the year ahead. Plus, the secrets of Rembrandt and Vermeer and why Monteverdi’s sex and politics shocker is the 17th century’s Game of Thrones.


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Season Preview 2018
As Australia’s premier arts companies launch their latest programmes, Limelight brings you an exclusive 24-page preview anticipating many of the treats in store for 2018. For detailed listings of orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, choral and song, theatre, dance, musicals, art exhibitions and festivals, turn to the back of this month’s issue for our essential guide.

Dutch Masters
A look at how our lives today are reflected in the paintings of Rembrandt and Vermeer travelling from the Rijksmuseum to Sydney.

The Power of Poppea
With its sex, murder and lust for political glory, Monteverdi’s opera feels like the latest hit from HBO. But how did it come to be written?

Playing the Long Dame
Dame Emma Kirkby explains how amateur choirs and an instinct for following her nose launched her on the path to fame and fortune.

Feast for the Ears
How Belshazzar’s Feast conquered the world, no thanks to lady choristers blushing to sing about concubines and a sniffy Anglican Church.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Kiwi baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes talks about the return of From Broadway to La Scala and why he’s happy he has lots of opera in his diary..

INTERVIEW
Danielle de Niese
The Aussie starlet won Young Talent Time at age eight. Now married to Glyndebourne’s Gus Christie, she’s coming home to debut in The Merry Widow. We catch up with the famously high-octane soprano.

REGULARS
What I’m Listening To Recordist Genevieve Lacey Five Questions For Conductor Gerard Schwarz Around The World Lang Lang and his left-hand man Guest Column Jill Bennett on soothing The Big Anxiety Guy Noble’s Soapbox The acoustical joys of an Australian in Paris Opera Column David Robertson gets under Bluebeard’s skin Did You Hear About Anton Bruckner’s counting mania Backstage With Hornist Alice Yang World Premiere Gordon Kerry defrosts a Snow Queen Richard Gill Good news (for once) about mentoring Composer of the Month With Khachaturian, what you hear is what you get Musical Journey Seville: more than simply marmalade and barbers Reviews The latest CD reviews plus the Limelight chart Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art, literature and film What’s On The must-see musical events around Australia this month Broadcast Guide ABC Classic FM & Australia’s independent radio stations My Music Actor and singer Marina Prior

EDITOR’S DOZEN
Wondering what to listen to this month? Well wonder no more – Limelight’s got your back (and ears) with this specially curated Spotify playlist: a selection of twelve tracks reviewed in this issue.

Limelight would like to thank the following photographers for their contribution to the Season Preview 2018 feature: The Australian Ballet © Georges Antoni; Jessica Pratt © Opera Australia; Hugo Weaving © Renee Vaile; Nicholas Carter © Annette Koroll; La Camera della Lacrime © Kai Duc Luon; Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi; Ricardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg; Nick Russoniello © Jacquie Manning; Greta Bradman © Albert Comper; Tamara-Anna Cislowska © Steven Godbee; Stuart Skelton © Sim Canetty-Clarke; Australian String Quartet © Jacqui Way & Chris Edser; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Opera Australia & Royal Opera House & Clive Barda; Duncan Rock © Daniel Swerdlow; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs © Keith Saunders; Black Swan State Theatre Company © Cameron Etchells; Melbourne Theatre Company © Justin Ridler; Malthouse Theatre Company © Zan Wimberley; Anne Sofie von Otter © Denise Grünstein/DG; Gypsy © Phil Erbacher; Robert Mapplethorpe © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Used by permission; Sandro Botticelli and workshop.