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Victorian Opera: The Selfish Giant


Victorian Opera: The Selfish Giant

  • Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019 to Saturday, 19 October 2019
  • Venue: Gasworks Theatre — Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham St, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

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 librettist 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.

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

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

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