Clive Paget

Clive Paget

A New York-based arts writer and critic and is currently Editor at Large for Australia’s Limelight magazine.

He began his 25-year arts career as an opera and musical theatre singer in London before moving into directing and dramaturgy. Relocating to Sydney, he transitioned into classical music retail before moving into arts journalism. His knowledge of music and music history is encyclopaedic, with a special passion for the ways in which music has always been linked to parallel socio-political and artistic movements.

Clive’s academic career started with a BSc from Imperial College in London where he first began to develop his passion for classical music. As a co-founder of influential new music powerhouse, The Bridewell Theatre, his directing credits included the 1997 world premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s first professional musical, Saturday Night, as well, as important premieres by composers like Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown and Michael John LaChiusa. In 2002, he moved to London’s National Theatre as Sir Nicholas Hytner’s music theatre consultant, a role he fulfilled for five years initiating new projects and bringing together contemporary arts practitioners from Jonathan Dove to Damon Albarn and Akram Khan.

Moving to Australia, Clive worked as Development Manager for Fish Fine Music before joining Limelight and becoming Editor in 2015. His memorable interviews include singers like Jessye Norman and Brigitte Fassbaender, and conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta (who he interviewed in the back of a limo in New Delhi) and Riccardo Muti. As a respected musical authority, he was recruited to join the board of City Recital Hall and was in demand as an industry advisor, mentor and speaker.

In the U.S. he currently writes and reviews for Musical America, Opera News, Steinway Magazine and others, covering a wide range of topics.

When not listening to music, Clive enjoys everything about New York, from its art galleries and restaurants to walking his dog every day in Central Park.