The May 2018 issue of Limelight Magazine hits newsstands this morning, and as of this month, our magazine is now available from ABC Shop Online. You can also find Limelight in Fish Fine Music and Mary Who? Bookshop, or purchase a copy of Limelight through our online store.

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Remembering Lenny

As we celebrate the centenary of the great Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Vincent Plush looks back on his blazing, multi-faceted career and recalls a few personal encounters, including a rare appearance by the maestro semi-clad and wearing silver lamé.


Girls at the Piano

Virginia Lloyd talks about her new memoir, which explores the history of women pianists, from her grandmother to Clara Schumann and the heroines of Jane Austen.

Thomas Hampson

The veteran baritone talks to Jo Litson about making his Australian debut, Mahler, Bernstein, American art song, and why he finds pandas so adorable.

Amazing Grace

We talk career challenges with Grace Clifford, the Aussie violinist, who won the ABC Young Performers Award at 16, and is returning home for a string of concerts.

Birgit Nilsson

A look back at the heroic life, the legendary wit and the epic operatic career of the Wagnerian soprano and daughter of Vikings who would have been 100 in May.

The Busking Judge

His legal colleagues call him ‘The Hammer’ but, as Brendan Ward discovers, at the Tamworth Festival, NSW Justice Hammerschlag becomes guitarist Davey J.


What I’m Listening to soprano Deborah Cheetham
Five Questions for pipa player Zhang Hong-yan
Guest Column with David Stanhope
Guy Noble’s Soapbox
Opera Column Christa Ludwig talks to Limelight at 90
Backstage with pianist Piers Lane
World Premiere Carl Vine
Richard Gill on the importance of Composers-in-Residence
Interview with pianist Sergio Tiempo
Composer of the Month Sir Arthur Bliss
Musical Journey How the Elbphilharmonie is redefining Hamburg
Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film
What’s On in May
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 popular entertainer Tom Burlinson

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

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