Festival 2019 Saturday 02 March - Sunday 10 March | Tickets now on sale

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon is an award-winning children’s author. The Monstrous Child was her first book for teens and was shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book Awards and the YA Book Prize. The opera, based on the book, premieres in February 2019 at The Royal Opera House.

The Monstrous Child
Bestselling children’s author and librettist Francesca Simon, with composer Gavin Higgins, has produced an opera of her stunning epic Norse tale, The Monstrous Child, to be staged at the Royal Opera House this February. Francesca and Gavin will be in conversation with singer and cellist Simon Wallfisch, discussing the genesis of the production. This is a unique opportunity to hear about the process of turning a story into a full-scale operatic production. A children’s/ youn...