Season Preview

Your guide to the arts in 2020

As Australia’s arts companies launch their latest programs, Limelight brings you an exclusive 24-page print preview anticipating many of the treats in store for 2020. For detailed listings and our picks of the top 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 2019 issue.

Limelight will also be featuring highlights from these companies online.


A multi-maestro line-up features seven new works by Australian composers and a Beethoven project to address climate change.

Richard Tognetti’s 30th season with the ACO features four brand new works, four Australian premieres, Stuart Skelton singing Mahler, and, of course, plenty of Beethoven.

Marin Alsop makes her debut with an international Beethoven project, violinist Christian Tetzlaff returns, and the orchestra moves into the Town Hall.

As Alondra de la Parra’s contract comes to an end, the orchestra’s 2020 season will focus on fresh voices, with a number of young artists making their debuts with the orchestra.

Umberto Clerici is the Artist in Focus, while audiences can expect to hear works by Ella Macens, Anne Boyd and Samantha Wolf.


The British cellist, who shot to international stardom when he performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will play at next year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Kathryn Selby presents old friends and exciting rising stars in 2020.

Opera & Vocal

Two operas never seen in Australia, four musicals, digital stagings and the future of opera – OA’s Lyndon Terracini discusses the lot.

The 2020 season also includes Handel’s Rinaldo plus concerts of Charpentier, Purcell, Monteverdi and Gabrieli.

Lorelei gets a second life, Opera Australia’s digital Aida comes to town, and Simon O’Neill stars in Tristan und Isolde.


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The line-up includes David Williamson’s final play, a co-production with Sydney Festival, and seven plays written by women.

Sam Strong’s final QT season includes four world premieres, among them Boy Swallows Universe, and two classics transplanted to Queensland.


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