Cover Feature: Are Musicals The New Opera? With our cash-strapped opera companies more and more regularly dazzled by the lights of Broadway, Clive Paget investigates the seemingly irresistable rise and rise of musical theatre.
Mastering Bruckner Ahead of the Australian World Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, Philip Clark talks to their guest conductor, Simon Rattle, about the mighty masterwork at the top of the ticket.
Yuja Wang At 28 years of age, Yuja Wang has already conquered three quarters of the globe. Now on her way to Australia, Maxim Boon catches up with the iconoclastic Chinese pianist taking music by the scruff of its neck.
From Clara Schumann to Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved, we hear a lot about the iconic women who inspired the great Romantics. But the 20th century also had its muses – those artistic ‘angels’ who drove composers to new heights of creativity (and not infrequently to despair). Gavin Dixon looks at the extraordinary lives of ten men and women and their passionate impact on the great composers of their time.
I Fagiolini are world renowned for their sense of fun and a habit of thinking outside the box. Clive Paget gets to the bottom of the quirky British vocal ensemble and it’s ‘beany’ Italian name.
Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Windy Mozartian charm and grace from the newest Scottish ensemble on the block; Genevieve Lacey and the Flinders Quartet pour re-invented new wine into old bottles; Robertson captains the Sydney Symphony’s thoughtful journey through the cosmos; Angela Hewitt’s latest pianistic foray sees Bachian clarity matched with Lisztian dazzle; Orlando Consort gives a subtle erotic kick to medieval gems from Guillaume de Machaut;and Far from the Madding Crowd revisted plus Mia Wasikowska meets Madame Bovary.
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.
Soon to unveil her Norma for Melbourne Opera, the Australian soprano talks about the challenges of accompanied recitative, the tension between words and music, and putting her own stamp on bel canto's Mt Everest.
The arts play a crucial role in questioning and shaping cultural norms and attitudes. In this time of tectonic social change, we need to reconsider what opera can be in the 21st century says Sally Blackwood.