“No make-up!”… Richard Bonynge

Which is the main feature of your personality?
Laziness.
Your worst flaw?
Trying to choose dinner from a menu….and wanting everything!
Which is your star sign?
Libra.
Are you superstitious?
Yes.
What did you dream to become as an adult when you were a child?
A millionaire.
Which are your favorite readings?
Biographies, great classics like Dickens, Austen and Thackery.
Which is the book you have loved the most so far?
“Pride and predujuice”.
Did your family influence your choices?
They told me to do what I wanted!
The greatest disappointment?
Not had many… life is great!
Which is your most cherished memory?
So many, so hard to choose.
How important is money to you?
I’m glad I have it,when you are old it is important, I like to know I can do what I want.
Which is the item you like spending money on the most?
I am a collector… pictures, porcellan, autographs.
Do you have a recurrent dream?
I dream every night, I just can’t remember.
What are you afraid of the most?
People.
Which is your most ambitious dream?
I don’t think I have one, I have fulfilled most that I had. I would like to be like my great grandfather who died aged 96…
happy as he had beaten his sister who died before him!
The moment you felt the proudest?
When my son was born.
Your biggest challenge?
Trying to make all the singers I work with sing absolutely gorgeously.
What or who makes you feel embarrassed?
I’m too old to feel embarrassed.
Which is the situation you consider the most relaxing?
Sitting with friends after a working day having a chat and a drink.
Your favorite subject at school?
French.
Favorite city?
Venice and St. Petersburg.
Favorite color?
Green.
Favorite flower?
Rose.
The holiday or the trip you’d like to take?
Explore Russia, all the theatres.
Tell us your ideal day.
Get up at 9am or 10am and have no one bother me.
Which is your hideaway?
Switzerland.
The film you love the most?
That’s impossible… I watch so many, I would go mad choosing one.
Your favorite season?
Winter in Switzerland and Spring.
Which is the place where cooking is the worst ever?
Growing up in Australia in the 40’s.
How would you define your relation with food ?
I love good food, it gives me enormous pleasure, but I can’t cook.
Your favourite dish?
Chocolate icecream.
The dish you cook the best?
Nothing…but I am a microwave expert.
Red or white wine?
Both, I tend to drink red more.
What’s never missing in your refrigerator?
Cheese.
What’s your weakness in kitchen?
I don’t go in there.
What’s the soundtrack to your life?
Let me hear Bellini.
Your favorite singer?
I won’t put my head on the block…
How’s your attitude towards TV ?
I watch DVD’s to avoid the rubbish.
What do you do an hour prior to go on stage?
Nothing… I think, let’s make some magic and I go on.
What’s never missing in your dressing room?
Water.
What do you think of when looking at yourself in the mirror?
Well, I like it less than I used to…
How would you prefer to die ?
Quickly.
Your mood at the moment?
Happy.
What’s your motto?
Try to enjoy everyday as it comes.

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