The September 2018 issue of Limelight Magazine hits the newsstands today, available at retailers across Australia including Fish Fine Music and ABC Shop Online, and through our online store.

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It’s iconic now, but its construction took its toll on all involved. As the Sydney Opera House turns 45 in the centenary of its architect’s birth, we reveal some of the “restrained” celebrations planned during the current major upgrade, alongside an extract from a new book about the people behind the white sails.

Composer of the Month

Inspired by the land around him, Tasmanian-born Peter Sculthorpe was perhaps the first to capture the essence of Australia in Western-style classical music. Graeme Skinner examines the life of a great composer who came to define our sound for the rest of the world.

Interview: Arabella Steinbacher

Ahead of her return to Australia, the German violinist tells Jo Litson how she used to listen to her parents make music under the grand piano, as well as her special connection to Hindemith.

Slave to Ballet

Lucas Jervies explores ancient Rome through a contemporary lens in his new TAB Spartacus, even incorporating wrestling technique into his choreography.

Ladies in Black

The composer for Bruce Beresford’s film Ladies in Black, Christopher Gordon talks about writing music that recalls the 1950s without sounding like it was written then.

Travel: Southern Italy

As The Australian Ballet premieres its new production of Spartacus, we take a tour through the region in which the true story of the famous gladiator-rebel took place.

Pop-Up Globe

The founder of the phenomenally successful recreation of Shakespeare’s theatre, Miles Gregory explains how a children’s picture book inspired him.

High Flying, Adored

As a revival of Evita heads for Australia, Sir Tim Rice explains how a dangerously glamorous Argentinian dictator turned out to be surprisingly good for him.

Interview: Benjamin  Grosvenor

Hurtling to fame after winning the BBC Young Musician Competition at 10, the English pianist talks to Justine Nguyen about giving up on music, crafting a program after Rubinstein and his love of Ravel.

(Re) Making Machaut

Guillaume de Machaut was the finest composer of the 14th century. Antony Pitts explores one of his most extraordinary manuscripts, once stolen by the Nazis.

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