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.
Commissioned during the lockdown of 2020, Simon’s opera Cassandra premiered in March 2021. It was Simon’s second opera commissioned by Victorian Opera. Simon conducted the world premiere alongside Echo and Narcissus by Kevin March.
Bruckard’s youth opera The Selfish Giant 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.
In 2019, Simon conducted La Bohème in an outdoor performance for Stonnington Council’s Opera in the Park program. Simon will be Simone Young’s assistant conductor for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2022.