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Francesca Simon

Librettist

Biography

American author Francesca Simon makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season with the libretto for Gavin Higgins’s opera The Monstrous Child, based on her book of the same name.

Simon grew up in California and studied at Yale University and Jesus College, Oxford, where she specialized in medieval studies and Old English. She currently lives in London. Her early career was as a journalist, writing articles for The Sunday Times, the Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Vogue (US) and The Daily Telegraph. She became a full-time children’s author in 1993. Simon is best known for the best-selling Horrid Henry series, which as of 2019 numbered 25 books. Her books for older children include The Lost Gods, The Sleeping Army, The Monstrous Child, Helping Hercules and Don’t Cook Cinderella. The Monstrous Child was shortlisted for both the Costa Fiction Prize and the YA book prize. She has also written many books in the Early Readers series.

Francesca Simon is a passionate ambassador for children’s literacy and access to literature. She was a trustee of the World Book Day charity, and has been involved with many other literary charities and initiatives, including Beanstalk, The Reading Agency, Booktrust Children’s Reading Fund and Storybook Dads.

Photos

Production photo of The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Production photo of The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Laura Caldow and Lucy Schaufer in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Graeme Broadbent as Odin and Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Dan Shelvey as Baldr in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel and Dan Shelvey as Baldr in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Production photo of The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Production photo of The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel and Laura Caldow in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Rosie Aldridge, Tom Randle and Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Production photo of The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Dan Shelvey as Baldr in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Graeme Broadbent as Odin, Lucy Schaufer as Modgud and Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Lucy Schaufer as Modgud and Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Rosie Aldridge as Angrboda in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Production photo of The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera

Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Hel in The Monstrous Child, The Royal Opera