From The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket Review – Opera News May 2012 Issue

ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 3/3/12 Atlanta Opera courageously took a chance on Peter Ash’s new opera The Golden Ticket this season in an attempt to draw younger audiences to the genre. Based on Roald Dahl’s literary classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with a libretto by Dahl biographer Donald Sturrock, The Golden Ticket is a comic opera that might not have made it to the stage had it not been for the bolstering it received from significant voices like Felicity Dahl, the author’s widow, and James Robinson, artistic director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Ash devised his Britten-inspired score for…

Saturday Night at the Opera

Peter Ash’s new opera came to town this past weekend.  Here Veruca Salt (mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims) is about to be discarded for being a “bad nut” by a mob of voluptuous Turkish squirrels.

Top Atlanta Music Picks for the New Year

In January I’ll join ranks with Jimmy Paulk and Mark Gresham, writing classical music news and reviews for the ArtsCriticATL website:  http://www.artscriticatl.com/.   Vocal music offerings for the first quarter of 2012 look promising.  The Atlanta Opera will produce Peter Ash’s new opera The Golden Ticket (March 3-11),  Susan Graham comes to town to sing a recital with Malcolm Martineau at Spivey Hall (February 5),  and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony #2 “Resurrection” with soloists Nicole Cabell and Kelley O’Connor (January 26, 28).