The August 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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Helter Skelton

Over the past two decades, Australian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton has quietly conquered the operatic world. Ahead of concerts as Tristan and Peter Grimes, he reveals how he discovered he wasn’t vocally bulletproof, and admits to an ambition to run an opera house.


Edge of the World

The orchestra is an urban creature, born of the great cities of central Europe. So why are orchestras on the world’s fringe, from the Faroe Islands to Tasmania, thriving?

Greco’s Winter Journey

Ahead of the release of his periodinstrument Winterreise, the Aussie baritone talks about preparing for it with the help of some 19th-century singers.

Our Other Dame Joan

A fine golfer and feisty sports journalist, Joan Hammond jettisoned both careers to focus on opera, where that same determination took her to the very top.

Harp in the South

Kate Mulvany reveals how and why she decided to go “big and bold” with her new two-part, five-and-a-half hour adaptation of Ruth Park’s beloved Australian trilogy.

Carl Vine

From hallucinations to the awakening brain, the Australian composer explains how neuroscience has become interwoven with music in his Eighth Symphony.


What I’m Listening to pianist Susan Tomes
Five Questions for cells Alban Gerhardt
Guest Column Music and cricket share a lot of common ground
Guy Noble’s Soapbox When it comes to concerti, who’s da boss?
Opera Column Mitchell Butel on pop art and Candide
Did you hear about… the Butterfly that nearly didn’t?
Backstage with saxophonist Amy Dickson
World Premiere Ross Fiddes’ long-overdue Love Stories
Greta Bradman There are lessons to be learned on tour
Interview with pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska
Composer of the Month The rapid rise and ribald retirement of Rossini
Musical Journey Getting a Händel on the pleasures of Halle
Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film
What’s On in August
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 choreographer Lucy Guerin

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

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