Conductor & Composer

Simon Bruckard

Press

“Composer Simon Bruckard captures the story with dynamic shifts in mood, from the playfulness of the children and the grumpiness of the giant to the sprightly spring and the glacial winter.”
TheatrePress

“Bruckard created a rich musical world, thanks to inventive orchestration and a lively awareness of how to use his forces to best effect.”
Classic Melbourne

“This abridged account of Humperdinck’s enchanting score, headed by conductor Simon Bruckard and played by the excellent 14-piece orchestra, was both balanced and charming.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“The success of the music is an auspicious indicator of further time at the podium to come for Bruckard.”
Man in Chair

Biography

Conductor, pianist, and composer Simon Bruckard is one of the busiest young stars of the Australian music industry. He is currently a member of music staff with Opera Australia and conducts regularly for Victorian Opera in Melbourne. For Victorian Opera, he has conducted Hansel and Gretel, Alice Through the Opera Glass and three world premiere operas.

Written with librettist Emma Muir-Smith, Bruckard’s youth opera, The Selfish Giant (based on the work by Oscar Wilde) premiered to a sold-out audience as part of Victorian Opera’s 2019 season. It won a Green Room Award for Musical Achievement - New Australian Opera and was nominated for another three awards. He is currently composing another new opera to be performed in 2021, a song cycle inspired by a cookbook and a new musical comedy.

Bruckard has worked with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor to Simone Young. He was also Assistant Conductor on her performance of Ariadne auf Naxos in 2018 in Brisbane.

In 2019, Bruckard conducted La bohème in an outdoor performance for Stonnington Council’s Opera in the Park program. He was engaged again to conduct its performance of Tosca in 2020.

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Repertoire
Bellini

Norma (VO, Aug 2014)

I Puritani (VO, Jul 2015)

Berg

Wozzeck (Opera Australia 2019)

Bernstein

West Side Story (Oxagen, Aug 2013)

Bizet

Carmen (Opera Scholars, Mar 2015)

Britten

The Little Sweep (VO, Sep 2009)

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor (VO, Mar 2016)

Grabowsky

Banquet of Secrets (VO, Jan 2016)

Grandage

The Riders (VO, Sep 2014)

Humperdinck

Hänsel und Gretel (VO, Jun 2014 & 2018)

Leoncavallo

Pagliacci (VO, Aug 2016)

Mills

Remembrance (VO, Aug 2015)

The Pied Piper (VO, Sep 2016)

Massenet

Cendrillon (VO, May 2016)

Mozart

Così fan tutte (University of Melbourne, Oct 2015)

Die Zauberflöte (The Opera Studio, 2014)

Le Nozze di Figaro (Australian International Opera, 2015 & 2019)

Offenbach

La Belle Hélène (Lyric Opera, Sep 2009)

Poulenc

Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Lyric Opera, Apr 2018)

Puccini

Gianni Schicchi (Victorian Opera, 2009)

Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Park, 2018)

Suor Angelica (Lunchbox Opera, 2017)

La Bohème (The Classics Opera, 2019)

Purcell

Dido & Aeneas (Lyric Opera, Apr 2009)

Ravel

L’Heure Espagnol (Lyric Opera, Mar 2015)

Sondheim

Sweeney Todd (VO, Jul 2015)

Into the Woods (VO, Jul 2014)

Strauss, R

Ariadne auf Naxos (LGNOS 2018)

Thomson

Four Saints in Three Acts (VO, Sep 2016)

Twist

The Grumpiest Boy in the World (VO, Oct 2015)

Ullman

The Emperor of Atlantis (iOpera, Jul 2012)

Verdi

La Traviata (VO, May 2014)

Attila (OA 2020)

Aida (OA 2020)

Wagner

Die Walkuere (OA 2020)

Goetterdaemmerung (OA 2020)

Der fliegende Holländer (VO, Feb 2015)

Weill

Die sieben Todsünden (VO, Nov 2015)