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Joe Twist

The Grumpiest Boy in the World

Digital Access From 23–24 June 2023

Based on the short story The Grumpiest Boy in the World by Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Our hero, Zachary, questions his own ordinariness as he discovers an imaginary world of giants, hairy creatures and flying things in this eye-opening opera for children.


Featuring a score from Joseph Twist, known for his stellar musical direction on hit children’s TV show, Bluey, alongside Sidney Myer Fellowship librettist and much loved children’s author, Finegan Kruckemeyer, this opera will be an enriching tale for children and adults alike.


Victorian Opera is thrilled to welcome the return of this family friendly favourite in Season 2023.
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Creatives & Cast

Creative Team

Composer Joe Twist
Librettist Finegan Kruckemeyer
Conductor Richard Mills
Director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
Set Designer Louisa Fitzgerald^
Costume Designer Jodie Hope^
Lighting Designer Peter Darby


Zachary Daniel Szesiong Todd (時雄)  Josh Morton-Galea
Mum Saskia Mascitti
Dad Noah Straughan
Scientist 1 Chloe James
Scientist 2 Nicholas Beecher
Giant James Billson
Girl Brenna Stuart
Bird Lisette Bolton
Grump 1 Maria Woodford
Grump 2 Hartley Trusler
Squirrel Faced Monkey Amanda Hargreaves


Qiulian Axtens
Nicholas Beecher
James Billson
Lisette Bolton
Isaac Burgess
Genevieve Droppert
Declan Farr
Amanda Hargreaves
Sofia Imperatore
Chloe James
Zhuoyang Li
Jesse Linke
Saskia Mascitti
Metehan Pektas
Mitchell Sanders
Noah Straughan
Breanna Stuart
Hartley Trusler
Cen Wei
Maria Woolford
Felicia Zangari


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Presented in association with Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts.

Generously supported by Jane Hemstritch.

Relaxed performance is supported by The Marian & E.H. Flack Trust and William Anglis Charitable Fund.

*Masters of Music Opera Performance student.

^Masters of Design program at University of Melbourne.

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices

Single Tickets ($39)

Price Type
One reserve
30 Years & Under
Child (up to 14yrs)
Family Offer (4+)
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2023 Concession include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, and MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under, and Child (12 years and under) for select performances. Companion Card ticketing available.

Subscriptions available from Monday 21 November, 11.00 am. | Single Tickets available from Monday 12 December, 11.00am.

For assistance with Season 2023 Subscriptions, contact our Subscriptions team on 1300 822 849 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm).

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