Mr Richard Bonynge AC CBE
Richard Bonynge was born in Sydney in September 1930. His early musical education at the NSW Conservatorium of Music led to further piano studies at the Royal College of Music in London and also with Herbert Fryer, who had been a pupil of Busoni. His first appearance as a conductor was in Rome in January 1962. He has subsequently conducted in many of the world’s major opera houses, in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Argentina, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
His repertoire is wide ranging but consists mainly of 18th century opera, the great bel canto operas, 19th century opera and ballet, several verismo works and many operettas. He is responsible for the revival of many works that were not at the time included in the repertoire; Orfeo (Haydn) Sigismondo and Semiramide (Rossini), La Fille du Régiment , Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena and Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) Medea (Pacini), I Masnadieri (Verdi), Fra Diavolo (Auber) Les Huguenots and Semiramide (Meyerbeer), Esclarmonde, Le Roi de Lahore and Thérèse (Massenet).