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Simon Bruckard

The Selfish Giant

Gasworks Theatre, Albert Park
17 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019

Charming melodies bring to life Wilde’s fairy tale


Best known for his witty comedy of manners and novella The Picture of Dorian Gray, the multi-faceted Oscar Wilde also delved into the enchanting universe of fairy tales, producing splendid creative gems such as The Selfish Giant.

This season’s Youth Opera is about the necessity of opening up to the unknown in order to enrich our lives. A grumpy giant excludes children from his garden causing it to fall into perpetual winter. Only once he finds the love and generosity to welcome back the children, does his garden flourish with life and restore his happiness.

This beautiful new opera, featuring a cast of emerging artists, comes from the brilliant creative minds of two former Victorian Opera Young Artists: composer Simon Bruckard and writer Emma Muir-Smith.

With real musical substance and subtle humour, this entertaining work is a pure delight and will touch the hearts of audiences of any age; the young will be captivated by the funny, lovable characters, and the older audience by the clever way Wilde denounces the excesses of his epoch’s industrialisation.


Gasworks Theatre, Albert Park

Thursday 17 October 2019, 7:30pm
Friday 18 October 2019, 7:30pm
Saturday 19 October, 2:00pm, 6:30pm

Running time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, no interval

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Friday 18 October

Price reserve maps for this performance can be found on our Venue Information page.

Cast & Creatives

Composer and Conductor Simon Bruckard
Libretto Emma Muir-Smith
Director Cameron Menzies
Lighting Designer Eduard Inglés


The Giant Stephen Marsh
Featuring: Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) and youth opera artists.

Young singers aged 13 to 25 are invited to audition for minor principal and chorus positions. Registrations open on 14 June and auditions will held 26 - 27 July. For more information visit our Auditions page.


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

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Ticket prices

Price type One Reserve
Adult $45
Concession $35
Senior $40
30 Years and Under $35
Child (14Years and Under) $30
Group(6+) $35
Arts Access $30

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