The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon, Gavin Higgins
Chair: Simon Wallfisch
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/ young adult’s discount is available for this event.
Under 16s pay the reduced price of £8 per ticket, if accompanied by a paying adult. The offer is limited to two under 16s per adult. Please call the box office on 020 7520 1490 for full details and to book.
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.Gavin Higgins
Gavin Higgins is an award winning composer who has worked with some of the country’s leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. His latest work is an opera based on Francesca’s Simon’s best-selling book, The Monstrous Child.Simon Wallfisch
Simon Wallfisch, Cellist and Baritone studied voice and cello at the Royal College of Music and in Berlin and Leipzig. As a cellist he played with the English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra before concentrating on singing. He has sung solo roles at the Zürich Opera House, Nürnberg State Opera, Leipzig Opera, Netherlands Touring Opera and English Touring Opera. He has recorded several CDs of both Song and Opera repertoire. He teaches cello at the Royal College of Music and Voice at the London College of Music, and is visiting professor at the Jerusalem Music Centre and Osnabrück Institute of Music. He is a trustee of ICSM (International Centre for Supressed Music) promoting music supressed by authoritarian regimes both past and current.