Today, the Victorian Opera in Melbourne presents the world première of The Selfish Giant, a youth opera composed by Simon Bruckard with a libretto by Emma Muir-Smith after Oscar Wilde.
It is the composer's first opera.
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. (reproduced from the Victorian Opera website)The cast consists of baritone Stephen Marsh (The Giant). Simon Bruckard conducts the Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra and the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE). Cameron Menzies directs.
The performance should last about 75 minutes. There is no interval.
The venue is the Gasworks Theatre in Albert Park.