Season Preview 2019

The music and artists to look forward to next year

As Australia’s premier arts companies launch their latest programs, Limelight brings you an exclusive 24-page preview anticipating many of the treats in store for 2019. For detailed listings of orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, choral and song, theatre, dance, musicals, art exhibitions and festivals, subscribe now to receive our essential guide inside our November 2018 issue.

Update: The Season Preview edition of Limelight is now available to read online.

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The latest announcements

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 PROGRAM

Featuring two musicals, three festivals, a new dance work from Australian Dance Theatre and a Chinese New Year Concert with the ASO.

  • CIMF, Canberra International Music Festival

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 PROGRAM

The Brodsky Quartet and Quatuor Voce among the guests in Roland Peelman’s Bach-infused 2019 festival.

  • The Sixteen, City Recital Hall

CITY RECITAL HALL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Renowned British choir The Sixteen come to Sydney in City Recital Hall’s 20th anniversary year.

PERTH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 PROGRAM

Two new Australian operas, an Estonian choir, the eight-hour theatrical tour-de-force Gatz and a host of “Made in WA” productions feature.

  • Sarah-Grace Williams, TMO, The Metropolitan Orchestra

THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

The orchestra celebrates its first decade with large-scale orchestral masterworks and a world premiere by Daniel Rojas.

  • Voces8

ANAM ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

A cappella octet VOCES8, the LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet and Gábor Takács-Nagy are among next year’s guests.

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 PROGRAM

The line-up includes the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery Choir, and Meryl Tankard’s Two Feet performed by Natalia Osipova.

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

The 50th anniversary program features four Australian choreographers and a 50-strong piece by Gideon Obarzanek.

  • Four Winds

FOUR WINDS ANNOUNCES 2019 EASTER FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Dame Emma Kirkby, pianist Stefan Vladar, Elena Kats-Chernin and the Australian String Quartet are among the guests at this year’s Festival on NSW’s Far South Coast.

  • Opera Queensland

OPERA QUEENSLAND ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Artistic Director Patrick Nolan tells us about his first program for the company, at the centre of which are works by John Adams, Puccini and Gluck.

  • Australian World Orchestra, Alexander Briger

THE AUSTRALIAN WORLD ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Artistic Director Alexander Briger will lead the orchestra in some of his favourite works, in concerts in Melbourne and Canberra.

  • Sydney Festival

SYDNEY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 PROGRAM

The line-up includes Kaija Saariaho’s oratorio La Passion de Simone, Schaübuhne’s Beware of Pity and a divisive play called Daughter that has had women walking out.

  • West Australian Opera

WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Verdi’s Macbeth, Sweeney Todd and La Traviata in the Park are on the cards for Perth audiences.

LA BOITE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

The return of Single Asian Female, a world premiere from Steven Oliver, and a radical retelling of Romeo and Juliet make up the new season.

  • Australian Haydn Ensemble

AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Chamber-sized symphonies and international guests on the menu for AHE’s 2019 season.

  • Omega Ensemble, 2019 Season

OMEGA ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Four world premieres and a chamber-sized Mahler among the highlights in Omega’s 2019.

  • Victorian Opera, 2019 Season

VICTORIAN OPERA KICKS 2019 OFF WITH A STARRY PARSIFAL

Wagner’s magnum opus is seen in a new production with an enviable cast, A Little Night Music hits the stage, and Jessica Pratt returns with star mezzo Daniela Barcellona in tow.

  • Nina Stemme, TSO, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, 2019 Season

THE TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

A freewheeling line-up of guest conductors and concerto soloists will keep the orchestra on its toes in its year between Chiefs.

HAYES THEATRE CO ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Monty Python irreverence, a “kinky” Gilbert and Sullivan, and a new Australian musical are part of the bill.

MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE NETS GREAT PERFORMERS IN 2019

Stars of its annual concert series, celebrating its 10th year, include pianist Kirill Gerstein, early music pioneer Jordi Savall and soprano Nicole Car.

  • State Opera of South Australia

STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA SHOWCASES AUSTRALIAN WORKS IN 2019

Its newly announced season includes a new series intended to promote existing Australian opera.

  • Queensland Ballet, QB

QUEENSLAND BALLET ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Liam Scarlett premieres a full-length Dangerous Liaisons, Bespoke creates contemporary dance for the digital ages, while several favourites return.

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales

ART GALLERY OF NSW ANNOUNCES 2019 EXHIBITION PROGRAM

Tasty treasures from China, a large-scale Duchamp exhibition and the Kaldor Public Art Projects’ 50th birthday among the highlights on the AGNSW’s 2019 season.

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Highlights include new full-length ballets by Graeme Murphy and Stanton Welch, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Lac, and a new Resident Choreographer.

AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

New commissions by Kate Moore and Nigel Westlake feature alongside canon works in the ASQ’s National Season.

STATE THEATRE COMPANY SOUTH AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

A one-man take on Animal Farm, Judy Garland’s final days and an all-female reimagining of Williamson’s The Club are just some of the highlights.

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Power and family are in the spotlight in STC’s 2019, Kip Williams explains, with a swathe of new plays alongside modern classics like Lord of the Flies, Così and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

MELBOURNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Next year’s season includes guests from violinist Andrew Haveron to oboist Diana Doherty, plus the orchestra’s first ever choral collaboration.

ASHER FISCH REVEALS WASO’S PLANS FOR 2019 AND THE FUTURE

Gun-Brit Barkmin returns, Siobhan Stagg is the orchestra’s first ever Artist-in-Association, and a raft of stellar soloists and conductors make this a jam-packed season.

MIRIAM MARGOLYES, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE AND KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN MAKE UP MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY’S 2019

An exciting new season that balances international plays with new and classic Australian works.

MALTHOUSE THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Cloudstreet is the centrepiece in a 2019 season steeped in horror, Malthouse AD Matthew Lutton explains.

BELVOIR ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Highlights include an epic in Sydney Town Hall, a new play about the Packer Dynasty, and Colin Friels in Life of Galileo.

  • Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

THE AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Now in its sixth year, the period instrument band looks to its origins in a season that offers fresh takes on old favourites.

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, 2019 Season, Nicholas Carter

ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

Nicholas Carter’s final year as Principal Conductor features a world premiere for Pinchas Zukerman’s 70th birthday, and Jayson Gillham playing five Beethoven piano concertos.

BLACK SWAN’S 2019 TO EXPLORE WHERE THE HEART IS

Exciting world premieres and a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company make this a bumper season.

  • Griffin Theatre Company

GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Lee Lewis announces five challenging mainstage plays including world premieres by Mary Rachel Brown, Suzie Miller and Meyne Wyatt.

QUEENSLAND THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Five world premieres, several interstate co-productions, and gender equality in writing and directing see QT on a roll under AD Sam Strong.

PAUL DYER BRINGS OUT THE BIG GUNS FOR A JANUS-LIKE 2019

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra celebrates 30 years with a trio of baroque blockbusters and a glimpse of the future.

WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Kate Moore will be the orchestra’s composer-in-residence, with two of her major works to be premiered.

OPERA AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Three new digital productions, William Kentridge’s Wozzeck, a new opera about Brett Whiteley, and singers including Jonas Kaufmann and Lise Lindstrom.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

Richard Tognetti tells us about a wide-ranging season, at the centre of which is the return of Bill Henson’s Luminous.

QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

QSO Music Director Alondra de la Parra talks to Limelight about a 2019 full of contrasts.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

Nicholas Milton’s 2019 season with Canberra Symphony Orchestra spans classic masterworks to new Australian music.

  • Skride Piano Quartet

MUSICA VIVA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

Carl Vine tells us about a “very daring” year of new artists and new works, as well as the long awaited return of some old friends.

  • Ensemble Theatre

ENSEMBLE THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 SEASON

Three world premieres, a musical, radio murder mysteries, a stage adaptation of the film Baby Doll, and the return of Diplomacy are all on the bill.

PINCHGUT OPERA’S 2019 SET TO BE A STELLAR YEAR

Erin Helyard gives us masterworks from Monteverdi and Vivaldi, as well as two recitals with an Australian premiere to whet the appetite.

SIR ANDREW DAVIS ILLUMINATES THE MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 2019 SEASON

From Mahler to Lang Lang with plenty in between, the MSO’s outgoing Chief discusses his final year.

  • David Robertson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, SSO

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON

We speak to David Robertson as the SSO looks to the future in a season of blockbuster concerts and new appointments, from Lang Lang’s return to Stuart Skelton in Peter Grimes.

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