"The Golden Ticket" is an opera based on the Roald Dahl's classic children's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The opera was commissioned by American Lyric Theater's Lawrence Edelson and Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl's widow.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" involves a poor boy winning a special contest to visit the chocolate factory by the mysterious Willy Wonka. "The Golden Ticket" opera premiered on June 13, 2010, at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Peter Ash composed the music of the opera and Donald Sturrock wrote the libretto. The opera received mostly favorable reviews, with KDHX/StageLeft stating "It’s literate enough to keep adults engaged but chockablock with sufficient jokes to hold the attention of all but the youngest children - no small accomplishment.”"