In an exclusive interview with Limelight, Anna Netrebko speaks about life, art and the things she won’t do anymore.


Anna Netrebko
Limelight Exclusive: A touch of bronchitis or not, the show must go on. Limelight catches up with the world-famous Russian diva backstage at the Paris Opéra to discover that a pesky illness can’t keep a good girl down. We also hear about the sort of productions she refuses to do these days, and why the secret of operatic success may be simply sheer hard work.

ACO at Uluru
Nowhere quite says Australia like ‘the Rock’. Limelight travels with Richard Tognetti and the ACO for their second Uluru Festival.

Bel Canto Benchmarks
Two modern opera stars help explain how Julie Dorus-Gras and Gilbert Duprez changed the history of singing as we know it.

Close to the Flame
In an extract from his new biography, Richard Davis reflects on the importance of SSO Chief Stuart Challender’s galley years in Germany.

The Politics of Music
Julian Day travels to the US to ask what composers are doing to address turbulent times and make American music great again.

Alice in Wonderland
A behind-the-scenes look at Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet of a Lewis Carroll classic that has had audiences grinning like a Cheshire Cat.

Michael Collins
A recent health scare made the British clarinettist take time out to reflect on what is important in life. Clive Paget talks to him about the enduring challenge of Mozart and why conducting isn’t rocket science.

What I’m Listening To Soprano Rachelle Durkin Five Questions For Conductor Iván Fischer Around The World Kosky unveils a probing Bayreith Meistersinger Guest Column Babi Yar: the Symphony that defied Khruschev Guy Noble’s Soapbox Who’s on the list for Guy’s fantasy dinner party? Opera Column A WWI opera explores the healing power of music Did You Hear About The Boys Own adventures of Isaac Albéniz Backstage With Pianist Ivan Illić World Premiere Jakub Jabkowski on the psychology of cello-speak Richard Gill What the conductor has up his sleeve for 2018 Composer of the Month Ravel was anything but mentally impaired Musical Journey Helsinki: Art Nouveau metropolis of the North 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 Broadcaster, violinist and singer Marian Arnold

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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.

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