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"I did not choose MUSIC, MUSIC chose me."

Words that could have been spoken only by a musical prodigy... as Richard Bonynge was. He started playing the piano at a very early age, astonishing his parents with his seemingly innate knowledge of music. When they realized their only child, then barely five years old, was something special, they decided to have him professionally trained. At age 12 he won a scholarship to the Conservatory where he studied with Lindley Evans, who was an accompanist for the famed Australian soprano Nellie Melba. By his early teens, he knew the basic orchestral repertory and at age 14 played Grieg's Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony.

When one day the opera class found itself without an accompanist, young Richard, whose knowledge of opera was at the time rather limited, was asked to come to the rescue. He did such a good job he was asked to become a regular accompanist. And such was the beginning of Richard Bonynge's fascination with the art of singing and his love affair with opera - a world he would share for the rest of his life with the now legendary Joan Sutherland. It is an affair that burns with the same fervor to this very day.



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