Watching amazingly talented young musicians starting to build an impressive career is always exciting. Every five years or so, Limelight takes stock of the next generation of classical performers rising through the ranks. With so many inspiring young artists hitting the big time, we felt the time had come to look once again at Australia’s next superstars. And so, in this month’s cover story, we salute 30 instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors who we believe are destined for greatness.
When it comes to listening to recorded music, the future seems to be streaming. As Angus McPherson explained in a feature in our last issue, now available online, it is rapidly becoming the most popular way to consume music, and various platforms are now embracing classical.
This month, Limelight has teamed up with streaming service Primephonic to offer our readers three months of free streaming, worth $80. If you are new to streaming, then this is the perfect way to try it out. Primephonic gives you access to over 100,000 albums from 2,000 labels, with its catalogue growing daily. What’s more, the sound is CD quality or higher. So why not give it a go?
In other stories this month, we chart the flurry of building taking place around the country to improve and expand our performing arts spaces, while Benjamin Northey, the Chief Conductor of New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, reflects on the resilience of the orchestra, who decided – after their regular venues were damaged in the 2011 earthquake – to play wherever they could. They were staggered by the audience response.
We’re also thrilled to interview dramatic soprano Nina Stemme ahead of her highly anticipated return to Hobart for a Wagner concert – a real coup for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy!
The October issue of Limelight is available online from Wednesday October 2 and in stores from Thursday October 3.
Who are Australia's next classical music stars? Reducing our long list wasn't easy, but after much discussion we have chosen 30 young instrumentalists, composers, conductors and singers who have talent plus 'x' factor, and who we reckon are definitely artists to watch out for.
Venues of the Future
A look at the changes happening to mainstage venues across the country, and what this flurry of architecture will mean for classical music and the performing arts.
Christchurch Symphony Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey reflects on the after- effects of the 2011 earthquake, which left them without a performance space.
The world’s reigning dramatic soprano talks to Limelight about her starry career ahead of her much-anticipated return to Hobart for a Wagner Gala.
The versatile singer/songwriter talks about why her new album of Australian art songs with the Australian String Quartet is so important to her.
What does the shakuhachi mean to the composer? And why does the easy-going son of an Australian farmer have such an affinity for Japanese aesthetics?
Domingo accused of sexual harassment
What I'm Listening To
Soprano Melody Moore
Five Questions for...
Composer Nitin Sawhney
Around the world
Kirill Petrenko exceeds expectations in Berlin
Matthew Horsley's uilleann pipes
Guy Noble's Soapbox
Enough of the strongly-held opinions
Stuart Maunder tackles a chorus of witches
Did you hear about...
The rise and fall of Mrs Cornelys
Violinist Helena Rathbone
Andrew Ford looks through Streeton's eyes
Is mental health in the arts a good news story?
Conductor Donald Runnicles
Composer of the Month
The operatic life of Charles Gounod
Savonlinna: A romantic Finnish festival hub
Anna Goldsworthy on piano trios
This month's round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film including The Australian Ballet's new Sylvia, Sydney Dance Company's 50th, Black Swan and Barking Gecko's Fully Sikh, and the 2019 NATSIAA
The best of classical music and arts across ABC and independent stations this month
City Recital Hall CEO Elaine Chia
Since 2009, Palace Opera & Ballet has given Australian arts lovers direct access to what’s on stage at Europe’s finest opera houses. The 2019/20 season will be no exception, presenting 11 new performances in cinemas nationally, commencing with two screenings next month from La Scala: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (October 4 – 9) and Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty (October 25 – 30).
Subscribe, give or renew a Limelight subscription this month for your chance to win two tickets to see all nine of the productions listed here, valid at the screenings of your choice.