Belfast Telegraph

Dahl's widow to see opera premiere

Roald Dahl's widow will travel to Wexford for the premiere of an opera based on one of her husband's best-loved books, it has emerged.

The Golden Ticket, inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will make its European debut in the town in October.

Organisers have revealed that guest of honour at the opening night, part of the fortnight-long Wexford Festival Opera, will be Dahl's wife Felicity.

The opera, which had its world premiere in the US in June, was commissioned by Mrs Dahl, the American Lyric Theater and artistic director Lawrence Edelson.

American performer Michael Kepler Meo, 11, takes on the role of Charlie in the show, billed as a comic opera.

Michael will be the first child in more than three decades to sing a principal role at the festival, which spans three weekends from October 16 to October 30.

Other highlights include Virginia, an epic tale of love and honour, Winners by Richard Wargo and a condensed version of Puccini's La Boheme.

A series of lectures, lunchtime recitals and pre-opera talks are also on the schedule.

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