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Peter Ash: The Golden Ticket / Ash, Wenzelberg, Okulitch, Clayton, Barton, Atlanta Opera

Ash / Sturrock / Chorus & Orch Of Atlanta Opera
Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1381   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ash
Performer:  Jason HardyKeith JamesonJamie BartonBenjamin Wenzelberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Ash
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Opera OrchestraAtlanta Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Golden Ticket, a comic opera based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was commissioned by American Lyric Theater and Felicity Dahl from American composer Peter Ash and British librettist Donald Sturrock. Dahl’s fantastic imagination is vividly brought to life in the witty libretto, and the completely original score ingeniously parodies many traditional operatic conventions to help portray the bigger than life characters that inhabit Wonka’s world. The opera premiered in 2010 at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in partnership with Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera and New York’s American Lyric Theater, where it was embraced by audiences and critics alike: “Donald Sturrock’s libretto captures the wit, wizardry and wonder of Read more 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. The largely expository first act introduces the lucky children, who instantly become media darlings, but the fun really begins – and the dramatic tempo accelerates – in Act 2 when they go through trials not unlike reality television or perhaps – as children in the audience may someday recognize – The Magic Flute, overseen by Wonka with Sarastro-like benevolence and fearsomeness…. Though not widely known, the American composer Ash has produced a fun-filled score with a zippy, contemporary ambience that makes room for a tune or two you can remember and deft allusions to past operas…” (London Financial Times) This recording is taken from a live performance of The Golden Ticket at The Atlanta Opera in March 2012, conducted by composer Peter Ash, with a stellar cast including Daniel Okulitch in the role of Willy Wonka and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg as Charlie. The Atlanta Journal Constitution declared, “There may come a day when music teachers everywhere will use characters from The Golden Ticket to teach lessons about voices in opera… For parents and teachers who want to introduce young people to the opera, The Golden Ticket is a good start.” But, The Golden Ticket is not just for children – it’s an opera for everyone who is still young at heart! Read less

Works on This Recording

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The Golden Ticket by Peter Ash
Performer:  Jason Hardy (Bass), Keith Jameson (Tenor), Jamie Barton (Mezzo Soprano),
Benjamin Wenzelberg (Treble), Daniel Okulitch (Bass Baritone), Kristin Clayton (Mezzo Soprano),
Gerald Thompson (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Peter Ash
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Opera Orchestra,  Atlanta Opera Chorus

Sound Samples

The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 1: Outside the Secret Factory (Mr. Know, Charlie, Gargoyles)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 2: Pale Green Blues (Charlie, Grandma Georgina, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa Joe, Grandpa George)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 3: Countdown to Battle (Mike Teavee, Candy Mallow)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 4: Veruca Loses Her Nut (Veruca Salt, Lord Salt, Factory Workers)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 5: Fit or Fat? (Augustus Gloop, Candy Mallow, Violet Beauregard)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 6: There they are (Charlie)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 6: Interlude: Night Into Dawn
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 7: Happy Birthday, Charlie (Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George, Charlie)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 8: Chocolate Geniuses (Mr. Know, Charlie, Gargoyles)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 8: Something Round? (Charlie, Mr. Know)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 9: Veruca's Ticket (Lord Salt, Veruca Salt, Factory Workers)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 10: Charlie's Heart Stands Still (Gargoyles)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 11: A Wonka Welcome (Townsfolk, Candy Mallow, The Five Lucky Winners of s)
The Golden Ticket: Act I Scene 11: Yes, it's me! (Willy Wonka, Five Lucky Winners, Townsfolk, Gargoyles)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 1: Inside the Secret Factory (Willy Wonka, Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Augustus Gloop, Mrs. Gloop, Violet Beauregard, Mr. Beauregard, Mike Teavee, Mrs. Teavee, Veruca Salt, Lord Salt)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 1: Mummy Yummy (Augustus Gloop, Mrs. Gloop, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 2: Where are we? (Willy Wonka, Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Violet Beauregard, Mr. Beauregard, Mike Teavee, Mrs. Teavee, Veruca Salt, Lord Salt, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 3: The Inventing Room (Willy Wonka, Charlie, Violet Beauregard, Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 3 continued: It's Three-Course-Meal-Gum! (Willy Wonka, Violet Beauregard, Mr. Beauregard, Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Mike Teavee, Mrs. Teavee, Veruca Salt, Lord Salt, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 4: Bubblevision (Willy Wonka, Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Mike Teavee, Mrs. Teavee, Veruca Salt, Lord Salt, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 4: I want to be demagnified! (Mike Teavee, Willy Wonka, Mrs. Teavee, Grandpa Joe, Charlie, Veruca Salt, Lord Salt, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 5: Two Bad Nuts (Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, Lord Salt, Charlie, Oompa Loompas, Squirrel Mistress, Squirrels)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 6: Only One Left (Willy Wonka, Charlie, Oompa Loompas)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 7: Up and Out
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 7: I Can Fly! (Charlie, Willy Wonka)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 8: Here Comes Charlie! (Grandma Georgina, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa Joe, Grandpa George, Willy Wonka, Charlie)
The Golden Ticket: Act II Scene 9: Charlie's Chocolate Factory (All)

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