It's time to vote for your 2018

Artists of the Year

Our critics have created a shortlist of 40 outstanding musicians and ensembles – 20 Australian and 20 international artists – for our annual Limelight Artists of the Year Awards.

Vote for your three favourite artists in each category and you could win a copy of Deutsche Grammophon’s Shaping the Century Volumes 1 & 2, valued at over $480.

Australian Artists

Asher Fisch, conductor

Benjamin Northey, conductor

Carl Vine, composer

Elena Kats-Chernin, composer

Emma Pearson, soprano

Erin Helyard, harpsichordist

Jessica Pratt, soprano

Joseph Nolan, organist

Kathryn Selby, pianist

Lorina Gore, soprano

Nakkiah Lui, playwright

Nicholas Carter, conductor

Nicole Car, soprano

Piers Lane, pianist

Pinchgut Opera

Ray Chen, violinist

Ross Edwards, composer

Simone Young, conductor

Stuart Skelton, heldentenor

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

International Artists

Alexander Melnikov, pianist

Andris Nelsons, conductor

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist

Avi Avital, mandolinist

Daniel Hope, violinist

Donald Runnicles, conductor

Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass

Gun-Brit Barkmin, soprano

Irina Lungu, soprano

Isabelle Faust, violinist

Jennifer Higdon, composer

John Adams, composer

Jordi Savall, violist

Martin Winkler, bass-baritone

Patti LuPone, actor

Sir John Tomlinson, bass

Steven Isserlis, cellist

Steven Osborne, pianist

Tafelmusik

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Voting closes October 31, 2018. Winners will be published in the January/February 2019 issue of Limelight Magazine – on sale January 3, 2019.

Previous Winners

BRETT DEAN: LIMELIGHT’S AUSTRALIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017

With his opera Hamlet coming to Adelaide in 2018, the composer-violist-conductor reflects on a year of successes.

JONAS KAUFMANN: LIMELIGHT’S INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017

Following Kaufmann’s stellar performance in Opera Australia’s Parsifal, James McCarthy explains why the German singer is indeed a tenor for the ages.

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR EMMA MATTHEWS TALKS TO LIMELIGHT

The country’s favourite soprano chats to Limelight’s editor about repertoire, the state of the profession and the Opera Review.

LIMELIGHT TALKS TO OUR INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2016

Stephen Hough chats to Limelight’s editor about Aussie audiences and why chefs may be as important as conductors.

Photo credits for 2019 Artists: 

Asher Fisch © Nik Babic. Benjamin Northey © Matt Irwin. Carl Vine © Keith Saunders. Elena Kats-Chernin © Bruria Hammer. Emma Pearson © Kurt Sneddon. Erin Helyard © James Mills. Jessica Pratt © jessicapratt.com. Joseph Nolan © josephnolan.org. Kathryn Selby © selbyandfriends.com.au. Lorina Gore © Alastair Bett. Nakkiah Lui © Daniel Boud. Nicholas Carter © Simon Pauly. Nicole Car © patricktogher.com. Piers Lane © Keith Saunders. Pinchgut Opera © Brett Boardman. Ray Chen © raychenviolin.com. Ross Edwards © Michael Mortlock. Simone Young © lewin-management.com. Stuart Skelton © Gudmundur Ingolfsson. West Australian Symphony Orchestra © waso.com.au.

Alexander Melnikov © Molina Visuals. Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve. Anne-Sophie Mutter © anne-sophie-mutter.de. Avi Avital © Jean-Baptise Millot. Daniel Hope © Nicolas Zonvi. Donald Runnicles © donaldrunnicles.org. Ferruccio Furlanetto © Igor Sakharov. Gun-Brit Barkmin © Florian Kalotay. Irina Lungu © Johannes Ifkovits. Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede. Jennifer Higdon © JD Scott. John Adams © Vern Evans. Jordi Savall © Molina Visuals. Martin Winkler © OA, ROH, Bill Cooper. Patti LuPone © Rahav Iggy Segev. Sir John Tomlinson © johntomlinson.org. Steven Isserlis © Keith Saunders. Steven Osborne © Ben Ealovega. Tafelmusik © Sian Richards. Thomas Hampson © thomashampson.com.

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