Information about the operatic adaptations of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox and The Golden Ticket

Fantastic Mr Fox at Opera Holland Park
  • Fantastic Mr Fox at Opera Holland Park
  • Opera Theatre St Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)'s production of The Golden Ticket, directed by James Robinson in June 2010

Two of Roald Dahl's much-loved children's stories - Fantastic Mr Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - have been adapted as operas. 

The commissions have enjoyed great success and are both available for opera companies to license.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Nine sold out performances and audiences of over 25,000 testify to the success of the premiere production of Fantastic Mr Fox by Tobias Picker, with libretto by Donald Sturrock. It debuted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in December 1998 in a production starring Gerald Finley and with designs by Gerald Scarfe. 

Since then the piece has travelled with English Touring Opera and been staged at Opera Holland Park in an outdoor promenade production. In 2014, the piece forms part of the inaugural Opera San Antonio season in Texas.

  • Fantastic Mr Fox, with music by Tobias Picker and text adapted by Donald Sturrock. Available to hire via Schott Music.

The Golden Ticket

Commissioned by American Lyric Theatre and Roald Dahl's wife Felicity "Liccy" Dahl, The Golden Ticket is a comic opera by Peter Ash based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

After four years of workshops at the National Theatre in London, The Golden Ticket received its world premiere at Opera Theatre St Louis in 2010 and has since been presented at Wexford Festival Opera (2010) and Atlanta Opera (2012). 

The Roald Dahl Music Commissions are managed by Music Link International and help to support the work of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

The Roald Dahl Music Commissions benefit Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity