A six page feature ‘From St Kilda to The Met‘ has been published in Limelight Magazine – click the image on the RHS to be directed to the story …

Limelight is Australia’s premier arts platform. It has a unique place in Australia’s performing arts scene and is recognised as the journal of record in classical music, as well as providing extensive coverage of related art forms; publishing reviews, news, interviews, artist profiles, event and listening guides.

‘This is a book that will engage and delight a wide variety of readers on many levels … It is well-researched, informative and a page turner’

Patrick Bade, The Record Collector


‘Here we have another mighty step in the chronicling of Australia’s musical history’

Kurt Gänzl

‘Having been brought up myself in Melbourne, the story of all the Simonsens of St Kilda is absolutely fascinating – brought vividly to life by Roger Neill.’

Danielle de Niese

‘… passion, research skills and excellent prose style.’

Leo Schofield

‘How splendid to have written about the Singing Simonsens of St Kilda. Apart from Frances Alda I knew nothing about them. It’s a fascinating story.’

Richard Bonynge AC CBE

‘Either Alda or myself.’

Dame Nellie Melba

Limelight ‘From St Kilda to The Met’, May 2023
The Australian, April 2023