Richard Bonynge in his home, from his book Chalet Monet. Photo © Justin Hession

Maestro and Muse: Bonynge at 90

The extraordinary partnership between Richard Bonynge and Dame Joan Sutherland, his wife of 56 years, hardly needs revisiting. With her incomparable voice, Dame Joan tended to be its public face. However, as the Australian maestro turns 90, Jan Bowen argues that it’s high time his unmatched contribution to the musical world is recognised in its own right.

When I asked Richard Bonynge if I could interview him for this profile, he agreed readily, with one qualification – “I don’t want to talk about music”. Since his whole life is about music,...