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 on Victorian Opera's Hansel and Gretel
Generating the drama, Humperdinck’s beautiful tapestry of effervescent melodies, musical landscapes and darker interjections that characterise the work were delightfully realised by conductor Simon Bruckard in leading a 14-strong contingent of musicians making up the Victorian Opera Chamber Ensemble in the Playhouse Theatre pit. Not a note appeared to drift off course and the warmth and care of playing provided thoughtful support for the stage.
— OperaChaser on Victorian Opera's Hansel and Gretel
Simon Bruckard’s musical direction assured balance and well judged tempi throughout.
— Classic Melbourne on Lyric Opera's Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias)
Adopting Britten’s version for two pianos, Simon Bruckard and Peter Toohey justly proved drag diva Dolly Diamond’s hilarious introductory words as having “some of the best fingering in the business”.
— OperaChaser on Lyric Opera's Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias)
Conductor Simon Bruckard leads an orchestra of seven musicians in a well rehearsed and prepared performance that belies the brand new nature of the work.
— Man in Chair on Victorian Opera's The Pied Piper
Twist’s music sounds particularly good thanks to calm, confident conducting from Simon Bruckard, who is a Developing Artist with the company. On several occasions on opening night, young singers looked to Bruckard for their cues and found themselves in very secure hands.
— Man in Chair on Victorian Opera's The Grumpiest Boy in the World
They are ably supported by Simon Bruckard’s thoughtful conducting which drew smooth, precise playing from a small band of nine musicians of Orchestra Victoria on opening night, a credit to his work as a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera.
— OperaChaser on Victorian Opera's The Grumpiest Boy in the World
Along with this finely-tuned cast, musical director Simon Bruckard uses only a single piano to provide fantastic support to his players and created some magical moments for the audience to enjoy.
— Theatre Press on the Musical of Musicals: The Musical
Simon Bruckard on piano was delightful in skill. This is a wonderful piece of cabaret not to be missed.
— Theatre Press on The Butterfly Club's The Last Five Beers