The June 2018 issue of Limelight Magazine hits newsstands this morning, and as is once again available from ABC Shop Online and Fish Fine Music.


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Mutter Nature

Ahead of her latest trip to Australia, the German Queen of the Violin, Anne-Sophie Mutter talks to Limelight about her legendary mentorship under Herbert von Karajan, her desire for climbing new musical mountains, and why she decided she had to stalk Daniil Trifonov.


Born Again Berlioz

Despised and rejected, Hector Berlioz vowed he’d write no more, until a game of cards changed his mind. Clive Paget and Sir Andrew Davis explore L’Enfance du Christ.

Survival of the Smallest

Playing with a chamber outfit can be a precarious profession. Phillip Sametz spoke to some of our finest ensembles about the challenges in Australia today.

Ingmar Bergman

On the centenary of his birth, we look at the role classical music played in the Swedish director’s films and theatre from The Magic Flute to Fanny and Alexander.

Scott Rankin

A look at Big hART, one of the country’s leading arts for social change organisations with projects ranging from the Pilbara to Acoustic Life of Sheds in Tasmania.

Sumi Jo

Ahead of her Australian tour, the coloratura soprano talks to Limelight about juggling Italian arias and Korean art songs, how singing is like eating spaghetti, and an upcoming blind date.


What I’m Listening to composer Samual Hogarth
Five Questions for cellist Nicolas Altstaedt
Guest Column George Dreygus on becoming a nonagenarian
Guy Noble’s Soapbox Why nature teaches us how to quit Facebook
Opera Column Lindy Hume on tackling Handel’s Athalia.
Backstage with cellist Steven Isserlis
World Premiere Samuel Adams throws tradition to the wind
Rising Star composer Elizabeth Younan
Interviews with soprano Jessica Pratt, and pianist and author Stephen Hough
Composer of the Month Brazilian one-off Heitor Villa-Lobos
Musical Journey Salt Lake City offers more than The Book of Mormon
Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film
What’s On in June
Broadcast Guide The best of classical music and arts across ABC and independent stations this month
Digital & Cinema The best of classical music and arts in Australian cinemas, and what’s available online this month
My Music SBS World News Presenter Anton Enus

Plus, over 32 pages of reviews covering music, dance, theatre, art, film, books and live concerts.

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