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March 23, 2014 — InForum
WHAT WOULD POE DO? FARGO-MOORHEAD OPERA SCARES UP WORLD PREMIERE
To move forward, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera is reaching out of its comfort zone. Actually, the organization hopes its audience freaks out. The F-M Opera's spring performances, "Buried Alive" and "Embedded," both inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, are staged Friday night and Sunday afternoon. This will be the first time the F-M Opera provides the world premiere of a work. READ MORE

March 19, 2014 — WDAY TV
FARGO-MOORHEAD OPERA TO STAGE TWO SHORT OPERAS
The F-M Opera has an offer, too good to pass up. Mix a little flavor from Edgar Allen Poe, add the voices of nationally known Opera Singers and you have a night of mystery, the macabre, and an abbreviated taste of opera. F-M Opera is about to stage the World Premiere here in Fargo, of two short operas. READ MORE

November 19, 2013 — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
'JFK' OPERA LIBRETTIST WILL TALK ABOUT THE WORK AT FORT WORTH'S FORMER HOTEL TEXAS
Royce Vavrek says the piece will use the late president’s dreams to tell the story. READ MORE

October 15, 2013 — Fort Worth Business Press
FORT WORTH OPERA TO JOIN WITH AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER FOR PLANNED 'JFK' OPERA
American Lyric Theater has joined Fort Worth Opera as co-commissioner for the world premiere of JFK, which will take place during the Spring 2016 Festival in Fort Worth. READ MORE

August 19, 2013 — New Music Box
GRANT ENABLES MAJOR EXPANSION OF AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER'S COMPOSER LIBRETTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to the American Lyric Theater to support capacity building and the national expansion of the company’s Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP), which is the only full-time professional mentorship initiative for emerging operatic writers in the country. The new grant will enable the company to expand CLDP from a 10-month program offered annually, to a comprehensive three-year artist mentorship cycle through which artists will not only receive personalized mentorship, but also be commissioned to write new operas. READ MORE

August 18, 2013 — Musical America
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER ANNOUNCES $150,000 GRANT FROM THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that the company has been awarded a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support capacity building and the national expansion of the company's Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP), the only full-time professional mentorship initiative for emerging operatic writers in the country. READ MORE

July 23, 2013 — NPR Morning Edition
A VETERAN'S PIERCING TRUE STORY LEAPS FROM PAGE TO STAGE
Iraq veteran Brian Castner wrote a book about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder for his kids, so they could someday know what he'd been going through when he came home from war. READ MORE

June 15, 2013 — Opera Pulse
LA REINA (ALMOST) READY FOR THE STAGE
One of the major reasons I devote so much of my performance life to new music is my fascination with the process: the evolution of a libretto or a piece of music; the learning process, and consequent evolutions of the piece necessitated by the first hearing; the formulation of opinions and reactions; the way that the music exists because several brains went to work to bring it into existence.While it’s almost always the vision and execution of one composer, music can’t come to life without its interpreters, and I believe it achieves much more of its potential when it is subject to review – by audiences, colleagues, its performers, and so on. READ MORE

June 11, 2013 — Opera Pulse
THE TURING PROJECT'S PROMISING POTENTIAL
Alan Turing’s life was indeed meant for opera. Church-going boy confused and embarrassed by homosexual tendencies; mathematically gifted mind takes young man to Cambridge and Princeton; code-breaking abilities land him a job with British government; created the device that decoded Nazi messages; added many theories and innovations to electronics, mathematics and computer science; put on trial for being a homosexual and forced to use female hormones (chemical castration) instead of jail time; cyanide poisoning suicide at 41 years old. READ MORE

June 5, 2013 — Opera Obsession
LA REINA - OLD-FASHIONED MELODRAMA MEETS MODERN GRIT AT INSIGHTALT
The InsightALT festival of masterclasses, symposiums, and opera performances concluded on Monday with La Reina, a dark, sensual opera for which I'm tempted to coin the term neo-verismo. Composed by Jorge Sosa with a libretto by Laura Sosa Pedroza, the opera was heard in a "first draft" version scored for piano and electronics; the eventual scoring is planned for chamber orchestra and electronics. Mila Henry was the able and energetic pianist; Andrew Bisantz conducted, holding all the elements together, and impressively realizing (I thought) dramatic tension and musical nuance. READ MORE

June 1, 2013 — The New York Times
CROWD-SOURCING AN OPERA - A CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK FOLLOWING INSIGHTALT
The creation of a new opera is a chancy proposition. So the American Lyric Theater has come up with a way to bolster budding librettists and composers: invite a crowd of opinionated New Yorkers to a concert reading of a fledgling work and ask them to criticize it. Bring in a living opera legend and let her have a go at it, too. Whatever is left standing, the reasoning goes, has a fighting chance to make it into production.

May 29, 2013 — The Huffington Post
CREATIVITY BEHIND THE SCENES - DEVELOPING THE CRAFT FOR A 21ST CENTURY AUDIENCE
I stumbled across this article about the Carlisle Project in Pennsylvania, a workshop for emerging choreographers. I found it fascinating that this question was already being asked in 1986: At this point, a generation of choreographers has been lost. Who will step up to take their place? READ MORE

May 29, 2013 — Classical Lite
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER'S INSIGHTALT FESTIVAL OFFERING THREE OPERAS IN DEVELOPMENT
The InsightALT Festival is offering an inside look into American Lyric Theater's unique process of creating new operas. Featuring concert readings of three new works, with guest performers from the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet and many more of the world's great opera houses, InsightALT will also include symposia and masterclasses related to the new operas in development. READ MORE

May 28, 2013 — Operavore
SPRING AWAKENING AT NYC'S SMALL OPERA COMPANIES
On May 11, the Metropolitan Opera ended its 2012-2103 season with a flourish. In the afternoon, Valhalla burned down, all the gods met their ends, the Rhine overflowed to put out the fires and reclaim its gold, and all was right with the world. Until, that is, the evening came and a convent of Carmelite nuns were beheaded. READ MORE

May 27, 2013 — IndieOpera
PODCAST 22: LAWRENCE EDELSON OF AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER
A conversation with Lawence Edelson of ALT, plus tons of conversation about the Opera America conference, English vs. original language, was Wagner the first film composer, beer with your opera, upcoming events and what do do this summer! READ MORE

May 26, 2013 — Opera Obsession
INSIGHTALT FESTIVAL: NEW OPERA FROM SKETCHPAD TO STAGE
On Thursday, I got to visit the open rehearsals of all three operas which will be performed at this year's InsightALT festival, a series of events under the auspices of the American Lyric Theater. Founded in 2005, the American Lyric Theater's primary mission is the commissioning and development of new operas; The Golden Ticket, based on Roald Dahl's beloved fable, is one product of their efforts. This year's festival, consisting of masterclasses and round table events as well as opera performances, runs from May 28-June 3. READ MORE

May 25, 2013 — Barihunks
LISTEN TO AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER'S THREE NEW OPERAS LIVE
We've been posting about the American Lyric Theater's project to commission three new operas under the auspices of their Composer Librettist Development Program. They include plenty of barihunks and now you'll be able to enjoy them online at OperaMusicBroadcast.com. READ MORE

May 22, 2013 — Gay City News
A PRODIGY SACRIFICED
With a Wilde-themed “Oscar” starring David Daniels in preparation for Santa Fe Opera this summer and “Harvey Milk” approaching its 20th anniversary, New York’s valiant American Lyric Theater adds to the operatic repertory on iconic 20th century gay martyrs. “The Turing Project,” an “historical fantasia” with a score by Justine F. Chen and a libretto by David Simpatico, explores the life, incredible legacy, homophobic persecution, and mysterious death of British computer pioneer — and seminal World War II code-cracker — Alan Turing (1912-1954). READ MORE

May 1, 2013 — OperaTeen
AN INTERVIEW WITH LAWRENCE EDELSON, FOUNDER AND PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER
Nobody can turn away from the fact that the economy is difficult and money is tight. In a society that doesn’t value the arts the way it used to, performing arts companies, opera companies, in particular, have suffered. However, under the skillful leadership of Lawrence Edelson, the American Lyric Theater located in New York City hasn’t just worked with the economy, but thrived. Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview Mr. Edelson about The American Lyric Theater, his business model, and the new and innovative type of opera this forward thinking company is producing. READ MORE

March 23, 2013 — Tulsa World
TULSA OPERA PRESENTS ONE ACT SHOWS
The parts of operas most people remember - the big arias, for example - are the easy part. "What is an aria but a beautiful song?" Christopher Cerrone said. "Beautiful songs are something I can do. It's filling in all the things around those beautiful songs that's what's hard about writing an opera." READ MORE

March 2013 — Gramophone Magazine
THE GOLDEN TICKET CD REVIEW
More than a few works by the British novelist Roald Dahl have provided bountiful fodder for stage and screen adaptations. They include two film versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a forthcoming West End musical based on the same source starring Douglas Hodge as the eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. READ MORE

February 12, 2013 — Opera Pulse
CREATING A NEW OPERA - THE LONG WALK
Placing an opera in present day society is a poignant but risky decision. With settings and events that the audience can readily identify, the emotional impact of the opera is more immediate; however, overt commentary on the very current lives of an audience can backfire. READ MORE

February 5, 2013 — Musical America
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER ANNOUNCES NATIONAL EXPANSION OF COMPOSER LIBRETTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today the national expansion of the company's core initiative Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). Through the use of newly acquired HD teleconferencing technology, gifted emerging artists with an interest in writing for the opera stage will be able to participate in the CLDP, regardless of where they live in the country. READ MORE

February 5, 2013 — Opera Pulse
THE CHANGING FACE OF OPERA
February seemed to come even quicker than in years past. Why? Consider the fact that the scenery is changing quickly in the opera world; opera companies are getting leaner in every aspect and, thus, our artistic world is moving at a faster pace. READ MORE

January 31, 2013 — Buffalo News
OPERA BASED ON THE LONG WALK IN THE WORKS
Last summer, when his book “The Long Walk” was being heralded by critics and readers alike for its moving account of life in and after war, local writer Brian Castner found himself surprised at the amount of attention but also was enjoying the whirlwind. READ MORE

December 24, 2012 — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
RECORDING OF 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' RETAINS ITS CHARM
In the beginning, Roald Dahl wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” a darkly funny tale of goodness rewarded and brattiness given its just desserts. That begat (so far) two movie adaptations, a musical and an opera. READ MORE

December 10, 2012 — Wall Street Journal
DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES
David T. Little's "Dog Days," one of the most exciting new operas of recent years, had its world premiere earlier this fall not at a traditional opera company but at Montclair State University in New Jersey, co-produced by the school's Peak Performances and an independent nonprofit, Beth Morrison Projects. READ MORE

November 13, 2013 — Latinos Post
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER SHOWCASES LIBRETTO READING OF LA REINA AS PART OF COMPOSER LIBRETTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The American Lyric Theater showcased its first libretto reading Sunday as part of its Composer Librettist Development Program. The libretto showcased on Sunday was “La Reina” by Laura Sosa Pedroza. The work will be set to music by Jorge Sosa and tells the story of a cartel leader who must come to terms with the sins that she has committed. As the libretto begins, Regina Malverde is behind bars and awaiting her judgment. She is visited in her cell by the Santa Muerte, an occult figure venerated in Mexico and some parts of the US. The Santa Muerte gives her a chance to relive her crimes and change her past in hopes of redeeming herself. READ MORE

November 5, 2013 — Stage Tube
BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER'S NEW OPERA, LA REINA
American Lyric Theater's popular series of public libretto readings, The Living Libretto, continues this season at the new National Opera Center. These events are the culminating readings of extensive libretto workshops conducted for the new operas currently being written by ALT Resident Artists, featuring guest actors from Broadway and off-Broadway. Each reading includes a brunch with the featured artists, and is followed by a discussion with the artists moderated by American Lyric Theater's Producing Artistic Director, Lawrence Edelson. READ MORE

November 1, 2013 — Barihunks
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER ANNOUNCES THREE NEW OPERAS
American Lyric Theater (ALT) has announced three newly commissioned operas and the release of the company's first recording with barihunk Daniel Okulitch. READ MORE

August 2012 — Opera News
A PROFILE OF THE NEW NATIONAL OPERA CENTER
Jennifer Melick visits Manhattan's brand-new National Opera Center, a meeting, rehearsal and performance facility planned and operated by OPERA America. READ MORE

June 19, 2012 — The New Yorker
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER — OPERA IN EDEN
Mark Adamo, a bona-fide master of the medium, hosts (along with Lawrence Edelson) an inviting evening of four short operas on the theme of temptation. READ MORE

March 14, 2012 — Operagasm
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ATLANTA OPERA TO RECORD 'THE GOLDEN TICKET'
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that ALT is partnering with The Atlanta Opera to record The Golden Ticket, a comic opera based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, during the performances of the opera in Atlanta from March 3rd to March 11th, 2012. The recording will be released in the late fall. READ MORE

March 8, 2012 — Opera Pulse
'THE GOLDEN TICKET' TO BE RECORDED
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced yesterday that ALT is partnering with The Atlanta Opera to record The Golden Ticket, a comic opera based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” during the performances of the opera in Atlanta from March 3rd to March 11th, 2012. The recording will be released in the late fall. READ MORE

March 7, 2012 — Atlanta Journal Constitution
REVIEW OF 'THE GOLDEN TICKET'
There may come a day when music teachers everywhere will use characters from “The Golden Ticket” to teach lessons about voices in opera. What does a bass-baritone sound like? They would listen for Willy Wonka.  Charlie Bucket is a soprano, but so is Veruca Salt. Students would have to explain the difference. There’s potential for extra credit for kids who could recognize bel canto or a countertenor. READ MORE

March 4, 2012 — MacaroniKid
STUDENT REVIEW - MY FIRST OPERA: 'THE GOLDEN TICKET'
I promise you, after seeing the Atlanta Opera's The Golden Ticket last week, all I could think about was getting my hands on some sweet, sugary chocolate. READ MORE

March 3, 2012 — Barihunks
DANIEL OKULITCH REPRISES WILLY WONK IN GOLDEN TICKET
Canadian barihunk Daniel Okulitch will reprise his huge success as Willy Wonka in The Golden Ticket opening tonight with the Atlanta Opera. READ MORE

March 2, 2012 — Atlanta Business Chronicle
SLIDESHOW - ATLANTA OPERA'S 'GOLDEN TICKET' REHEARSALS
Get ready to revisit old friends Willy Wonka, the Oompa Loompas and Veruca Salt. The Atlanta Opera will premiere its second production of the 2011-2012 season on March 3 with “The Golden Ticket,” based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” READ MORE

February 28, 2012 — Atlanta Journal Constitution
BOY SOPRANOS SAY OPERA IS 'TICKET' TO YOUNG AUDIENCES
Ruben Roy and Benjamin Wenzelberg have more in common than just their co-lead roles as Charlie in the Atlanta Opera’s “The Golden Ticket,” an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” READ MORE

February 27, 2012 — Creative Loafing
VERUCA SALT SINGS OUT IN OPERA VERSION OF "CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY"
Gluttonous Augustus Gloop. Gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde. Television-addicted Mike Teavee... The child-grotesques from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are legendary, but perhaps none more so than our own personal favorite: bratty, tantrum-throwing, 90s-band-inspiring diva-in-training Veruca Salt. READ MORE

February 24, 2012 — Opera Pulse
DRAMATIZING HISTORY WITH COMPOSER ANTHONY DAVIS
American Lyric Theater (ALT) is pleased to announce that composer Anthony Davis will host the next event in the company’s FRESHLY BREWED concert and master class series on Sunday, February 26th, 2012, at 1:00 PM. READ MORE

January 25, 2012 — Broadway World
THE ATLANTA OPERA TO PERFORM 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' AT COBB ENERGY CENTER
The second production in the Atlanta Opera's 2011-12 season is a comic opera called The Golden Ticket, based on the classic children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," by Roald Dahl. The Golden Ticket will be presented on March 3, 6, 9 and 11, 2012 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. READ MORE

November 4, 2011 — Broadway World
CAROLINE WORRA, CAMILLE ZAMORA SET FOR 'THE POE PROJECT'
Tickets are now on sale for The Poe Project, a concert of three new one-act operas inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, commissioned by American Lyric Theater. READ MORE

September 13, 2011 — Broadway World
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SEASON
American Lyric Theater (ALT), home to the nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program, has announced the 2011-2012 public performance season, featuring workshop performances of seven new operas by Resident Artists; as well as lectures and master classes with some of the country's leading operatic writers. READ MORE

May 16, 2011 — Theater Mania
GLENN SEVEN ALLEN, CAROLINE WORRA ET AL. SET FOR OPERA IN EDEN
Casting has been announced for Opera in Eden, to be presented at Symphony Space on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm. Composer/librettist Mark Adamo will moderate the event, which is the culmination of an intensive workshop led by Adamo as part of the core curriculum of American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program. READ MORE

March 7, 2011 — Stage Directions
MELLON FOUNDATION SUPPORTS AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER'S COMPOSER LIBRETTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has donated $90,000 to the American Lyric Theater to support its Composer Librettist Development Program. The Mellon Foundation continues to shift its funding from merely supporting institutes to supporting programs that mentor younger artists, and help build the infrastructre to develop and support new work. READ MORE

March 6, 2011 — New York Times
GRANTS FOR OPERA WRITERS
American Lyric Theater, an organization formed in 2005 to help develop new operatic works, has been chosen by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to receive a $90,000 grant. READ MORE

February 2, 2011 — Arts Critic ATL
ATLANTA OPERA'S 2011-12 SEASON HIGHLIGHTED BY NEW VERSION OF WILLY WONKA'S MAGICAL CHOCOLATE FACTORY
The Atlanta Opera’s 2011-12 season, its fifth at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, might be remembered as the year of “The Golden Ticket” — the attention grabber both for opera fans and general audiences. READ MORE

January 27, 2011 — Access Atlanta
AMID MONEY WOES, ATLANTA OPERA ANNOUNCES A NEW SEASON WITH A WILLY WONKA SURPRISE
The magical chocolate maker Willy Wonka, the demonic sexual predator Don Giovanni and a homicidal bride named Lucia are the stars of the Atlanta Opera’s 2011-2012 season, announced Thursday amid news that the 31-year-old company is starting to edge back from the financial brink. READ MORE

January 27, 2011 — Broadway World
THE ATLANTA OPERA ANNOUNCES THE 2011-2012 SEASON INCLUDING 'THE GOLDEN TICKET'
The Atlanta Opera's Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn announced today the details of the company's 2011-2012 season, celebrating its fifth anniversary in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and welcoming Arthur Fagen as its Music Director. READ MORE

November 3, 2010 — Parterre.com
EDGAR ALLAN NOUVEAU
A painter’s nightmares of death start to become real. A man’s lover dies of a flesh-eating plague and inhabits the body of a new young fling. A TV news anchor finds herself on the other side of the headlines, drowning in the Holland Tunnel. If Edgar Allan Poe were alive today, these are the operas he might have written.  READ MORE

November 2, 2010 — Brian Dickie Online
MONDAY NIGHT AT SYMPHONY SPACE
I had a hugely enjoyable evening at Symphony Space yesterday evening.  American Lyric Theater gave one of its periodic "readings" of new work - in this case of the three 50 minute pieces that comprise The Poe Project. Three hours of new stuff might be expected to be intimidating.  But it was pure enjoyment, getting better and better as the evening proceeded. READ MORE

October 26, 2010 — Theater Mania
THE POE PROJECT TO PLAY SYMPHONY SPACE ON NOV. 1
American Lyric Theater will present a concert reading of The Poe Project, three one-act operas inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, on Monday, November 1 at 7pm at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space. Leesa Dahl serves as music coordinator and pianist for the concert, which will be conducted by Keith Chambers. READ MORE

October 16, 2010 — The Irish Independent
READ THE BOOK, SEEN THE MOVIES, NOW GO TO THE OPERA?
Today marks the opening of Wexford Festival Opera, the first time in its 59-year history that it has ever opened on a Saturday and the first time that it is hosting the European premiere of a new opera, The Golden Ticket. READ MORE

September 23, 2010 — Broadway World
CAROLINE WORRA, KEVIN BURDETTE AND MORE SET FOR THE POE PROJECT
What might the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe, write if he were alive today? This is the question American Lyric Theater asked of three composers and three librettists to create The Poe Project! READ MORE

September 1, 2010 — The Irish Independent
ROALD DAHL'S WIDOW TO ATTEND OPERA PREMIERE
Felicity Dahl, the widow of Roald Dahl, the famous children's author will attend Wexford Festival Opera this year to see the European premiere of an opera based on her husband's much-loved story 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. READ MORE

September 1, 2010 — Wexford People
TREAT IN STORE WITH 'THE GOLDEN TICKET'
'Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination...' Willie Wonka, Roald Dahl's best loved children's character, will bring out the child in even the most aloof opera lover this year when the European premiere of the new opera ' The Golden Ticket' forms part of the trilogy for this year's Wexford Festival. It's the first time for the Festival Committee to choose an opera they hope will appeal directly to children and families, and it represents a brave new venture. READ MORE

September 2010 — Opera News
SURVIVING THE CRUNCH
How do U.S. opera companies plan their way through the lean years? David Belcher reports. READ MORE

September 2010 — Opera News
REVIEW OF THE OTSL 2010 SEASON INCLUDE THE GOLDEN TICKET
This year, the gem of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's four-production season — consisting of one new work, one eighteenth-century piece, one novelty and something from the standard repertoire — was 'A Little Night Music.'

August 13, 2010 — St. Louis Today
WHAT RULED THE ROOST THIS SUMMER?
We at Go! magazine would rather re-asphalt the Post-Dispatch parking lot than hear Katy Perry's "California Gurls" one more time this summer. We also are over grilled meats, chlorinated pools and underarm sweat stains. But there are some sounds, sights and flavors of summer we wish we could savor forever. Here, we look back at what made this summer the best ever — or at least the best one since last year. READ MORE

July 23, 2010 — St. Louis Business Journal
OPERA THEATRE REWARDED FOR BET ON 'GOLDEN TICKET'
Despite the challenges of operating a nonprofit performing arts group in a rough economy, Opera Theatre St. Louis took what General Director Tim O’Leary described as “calculated risks” in its recent season. READ MORE

July 11, 2010 — St. Louis Dispatch
OPERA THEATRE SEASON HITS HIGH NOTE
The 2010 season at Opera Theatre of St. Louis solidified the company's standing as one of the country's premiere opera festivals. READ MORE

July 1, 2010 — The Chicago Tribune
REVIEW: 'GOLDEN' IS DELICIOUS IN WORLD PREMIERE AT ST. LOUIS OPERA
Opera is far more than a pleasant diversion at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis – it is an art to be intelligently planned, carefully produced and diligently sold to an engaged public that apparently can't get enough of it during the six weeks in June that constitute OTSL's festival season. The company remains one of the best springboards in the nation for young Americans on the cusp of big careers. READ MORE

June 22, 2010 — The Financial Times
REVIEW: 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' AT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
The world premiere of The Golden Ticket was late in coming. Peter Ash finished a preliminary version of his operatic incarnation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory roughly a decade ago. But then came a long process of finding support, workshopping the piece and persuading an opera company to stage it. Along the way it picked up plaudits – Simon Rattle called it “a really impressive achievement”, an assessment that stands up well after its belated official debut here. Donald Sturrock’s libretto captures the wit, wizardry and wonder of Dahl’s story about five children who gain access to the legendary Willy Wonka’s confectionery establishment in a contest by finding golden tickets in their chocolates. READ MORE

June 21, 2010 — The Wall Street Journal
REVIEW: BEST WHEN IT'S TANGY, NOT SWEET
The beauty of Roald Dahl's darkly comic children's books is how they balance attraction and menace. "The Golden Ticket"—an opera by composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock, based on Dahl's novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," having its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis—is most successful when its score does the same. The opera's best music is edgy and snappy, its astringent orchestration giving prominence to the winds and the brass, capturing the story's restless unpredictability. READ MORE

June 21, 2010 — Opera Today
REVIEW: NIGHT MUSIC MAGIC 'N' MORE IN ST. LOUIS
With Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ stunning A Little Night Music, at long last we have been treated to a multi-faceted production that not only equals, but in many ways surpasses the dazzling original. READ MORE

June 19, 2010 — The Classical Review
REVIEW: 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' AT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
Writing an opera on spec is a risky proposition for obvious reasons, but it worked out handsomely for composer Peter Ash, even if the rewards were slow in coming. He had a preliminary version of The Golden Ticket, his operatic incarnation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ready as long ago as a decade but its official world premiere occurred only this month at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The interim brought a period of revision, workshopping and finding support, during which time the opera picked up admirers, including conductor Simon Rattle, director Trevor Nunn and baritone Gerald Finley. Judging from the June 16 performance, their faith in The Golden Ticket was not misplaced. READ MORE

June 19, 2010 — Los Angeles Times
ROALD DAHL'S 'CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY' STRIKES THE RIGHT NOTES
With 'The Golden Ticket' playing at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and a rumored Broadway musical in the works, it's clear the beloved children's classic was destined for musical fame. READ MORE
June 19, 2010 — Dallas Morning News
REVIEW: 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' AT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
Opera Theatre of St. Louis has a magic all its own. New and off-the-beaten-path operas, including 20 world premieres, have enlivened the festival's 35 seasons. With a thrust stage and a semicircle of just 673 seats, Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center virtually demands inventive stagings, and everything is sung in English. The orchestra is drawn from the estimable St. Louis Symphony. READ MORE

June 16, 2010 — NPR
'THE GOLDEN TICKET' IS FINALLY UNWRAPPED
The opera called The Golden Ticket seemed like just that — a natural way for opera companies to attract new audiences by bringing families into the opera house. But the world premiere under way now at Opera Theatre of St. Louis did not have a sweet ride from conception to opening night. READ MORE

June 16, 2010 — Theatre Mania
REVIEW: 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' AT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
Daniel Okulitch leads a first-rate cast in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' charming musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. READ MORE

June 14, 2010 — St. Louis Post Dispatch
'GOLDEN TICKET' STAR ENJOYS PLAYING KID
The bad kids are among the best things about Opera Theatre of St. Louis' world premiere production of "The Golden Ticket." As sung by coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl, Violet Beauregard is a tiny red-haired, red-hot, gum-cracking, trill-tossing, cowboy-booted pistol of a character. READ MORE

June 14, 2010 — KDHX / StageLeft
REVIEW: 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' AT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
One of the many admirable things about Opera Theatre is the company's support for new works. Their thirty-five seasons are strewn with national and world premieres; an encouraging sign for a genre often depicted in popular entertainment as stodgy and old-fashioned. This year's new kid on the block—The Golden Ticket, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1964 children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—is an appropriately tasty concoction of juvenile humor, adult wit, and musical invention with just the right amount of creepiness. READ MORE

June 4, 2010 — St. Louis Beacon
GLOW PRECEDES 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' DEBUT
Opera lovers lament that few operas engage both children and adults. Sunday evening (June 13) Opera Theatre of St. Louis hopes to begin to fill that gap. That night the Loretto-Hilton Center's lights will go up on the world premiere of a family opera: "The Golden Ticket." READ MORE

May 24, 2010 — Theatre Mania
TRACY DAHL, MICHAEL KEPLER MEO, DANIEL OKULITCH, ET AL. SET FOR THE GOLDEN TICKET
Opera Theatre of St. Louis has announced casting for the world premiere of The Golden Ticket, which, as previously reported will run June 13- 26. James Robinson will direct the piece, which is adapted by composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. READ MORE

May 23, 2010 — New York Times
A 'GOLDEN TICKET' FOR ST. LOUIS OPERA FANS
“The Golden Ticket,” a new opera based on Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is to have its world premiere on June 13 with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis at the Loretto-Hilton Center of Webster University. READ MORE

May 20, 2010 — Broadway World
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 2010-2011 COMPOSER LIBRETTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
American Lyric Theater is currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Composer Librettist Development Program. Application Deadline is June 1st. READ MORE

April 29, 2010 — Irish Times
15-DAY RUN FOR WEXFORD FESTIVAL OPERA INCLUDES 'THE GOLDEN TICKET'
Wexford Festival Opera will this year run for 15 days and feature an expanded programme. The highlights of the 59th festival, which will take place from October 16th to 30th, include a European premiere of The Golden Ticket, an opera based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. READ MORE

October 29, 2009 — Broadway World
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER LAUNCHES NATIONAL ONLINE CHOCOLATE AUCTION
American Lyric Theater (ALT) launches a national online auction beginning tomorrow, featuring unique and delicious products from Chocolate Show exhibitors, as well as exclusive VIP experiences and themed items related to the wonderful world of Willy Wonka and all of Dahl's fantastic characters. The Chocolate Auction will begin at 9am on Friday, October 30 and will run for two weeks, ending at midnight on Friday, November 13. READ MORE

October 27, 2009 — Playbill
I'VE GOT A GOLDEN TICKET!
Chocolate lovers will get a taste of the new family-friendly opera The Golden Ticket, based on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," at the New York Chocolate Show this week. READ MORE

October 27, 2009 — Broadway World
AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER PRESENTS EXCERPTS FROM THE GOLDEN TICKET AT NEW YORK CHOCOLATE SHOW
American Lyric Theater (ALT) will present 11 Family Preview Performances featuring excerpts from THE GOLDEN TICKET, a new opera based on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as part of the KidZone program of family events at The New York Chocolate Show, to take place at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street, NYC, from October 30 - November 1, 2009. READ MORE

February 25, 2009 — Broadway World
ALT COMMISSIONED 'THE GOLDEN TICKET' OPERA BASED ON DAHL'S 'CHOCOLATE FACTORY,' HOLDS SPECIAL NYC READING 4/4
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director of ALT, has announced that the company has commissioned The Golden Ticket, a new opera based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. READ MORE