The March 2020 issue of Limelight is now on sale, and includes a feature about the role the arts can play in the face of a climate crisis, an introduction to Natalie Aroyan – Australia’s next great Verdi soprano, a look at the exciting new collaborations between Indigenous composers and Western classical musicians, and our 90th birthday celebration of the legendary Stephen Sondheim.


The art of Climate change

From flygskam to hazardous air quality, the changing climate is increasingly having an impact on classical music and the arts. So how are artists and organisations rising to meet these challenges, and what role can the arts play in the face of a climate crisis?

X factor

Growing up, the Armenian-Australian soprano wanted to be another Celine Dion, but life had other plans for Natalie Aroyan, Australia’s next great Verdi soprano.

Classical songlines

A look at collaborations between Indigenous composers and Western classical musicians and the exciting new Australian sounds that are emerging.

Pearls of wisdom

Stephen Hough spends hours in airports, planes and hotels and so uses the “dead time”, as he calls it, to scribble. Here are three musings from his latest book.

Sondheim at 90

As the legendary composer-lyricist turns 90, we trace the career of one of the most important and influential figures in the history of musical theatre.

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Also in the magazine
  • Letters
  • News: Vale Barry Tuckwell, Vladimir Ashkenazy retires, introducing Canberra’s National Opera
  • What I’m Listening To: Baritone Samuel Dale Johnson
  • Five Questions For: Violinist Satu Vänskä
  • Around the World: Andris Nelsons blows his own trumpet in Vienna
  • My Instrument: James Crabb’s accordion
  • Guy Noble’s Soapbox: Musicians behaving badly
  • Opera Column: Tom Morris on Breaking the Waves
  • Did you hear about: The composer who made art out of noise?
  • Backstage With: Keyboard virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • World Premiere: Ella Macens on a powerful musical weapon
  • Greta Bradman: How the arts have responded to the bushfires
  • Interview: Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Composer of the month: Georges Bizet – more than a one-hit wonder
  • Musical Journey: Opera festivals at English country houses
  • Panorama: This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film
  • What’s On in march
  • 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
  • Classical Caption & Quiz
  • My Music: ABC Classic presenter Russell Torrance