This sumptuously produced coffee table book captures the essence of the fairy tale that is Chalet Monet.
Inside its pages over 1000 photographs bring to life the lavish home of the greatest international cultural icons in opera, Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE and her husband, Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE.
High on the slopes of the village of Les Avants, overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Chalet Monet is a spectacularly unique residence, a tower and picture windows, surrounded by beautiful gardens give way to a home brimming with antiques, paintings and objet d’art. The opulence of each of the distinctive rooms over the four floors and vistas is artfully captured in stunning photography.
Each item has its own provenance; gifted by royalty or celebrities, embroidered by Dame Joan or collected by Richard. A who’s who of artists, designers influential figures and living legends. A house of a thousand stories, the house breathes with living history.
In his charming, eloquent, conversational style, Richard Bonynge takes us inside the home he has shared with Dame Joan, and in so doing provides rare insight into their lives, and the lives of stars, royalty, presidents and cultural icons whom they called friends and neighbours.