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, produced an opera of her stunning epic Norse tale, The Monstrous Child, which was staged at the Royal Opera House in February 2019. Francesca and Gavin are in conversation with singer and cellist Simon Wallfisch, discussing the genesis of the production. This was a unique opportunity to hear about the process of turning a story into a full-scale operatic production. A children’s/ youn...