Castleton Festival Announces 2013 schedule

Subscriptions on sale Monday, November 26, 2012. Photo: Castleton Festival

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2012 – Artistic Directors Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban-Maazel announced late this week that the 2013 Castleton Festival, held at their home and artistic campus in Rappahannock County Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, will open next summer on July 6 and run through July 28. 

Now in its fifth season, the festival has an even more ambitious repertoire than last year, including the infrequently performed (at least in this area) Puccini opera The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West), conducted by Maestro Maazel, and a new production of Francis Poulenc’s unusual dramatic monologue opera, La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) which will be paired with its inspiration, the eponymous Jean Cocteau play. 

In yet another ambitious move, Lorin Maazel will bring the former Glyndebourne (UK) production of Verdi’s mature operatic masterpiece, Otello to Castleton as well. 

Highlighting the orchestral side of this 2013 festival edition, Mr. Maazel will present a “Mostly Mahler” orchestral series that will feature the music of that last of the great Romantic composers. Also on tap will be works by Tchaikovsky, Britten, and Weber. One highlight of this series will be the performance of a work by a composer under age 25 (TBA) selected by and conducted by Maestro Maazel himself. 

Performance photo, Castleton Festival Orchestra. (Credit: Castleton Festival.)

The size and scope of this relatively new American music festival continues to grow. Among the young performers who will be selected to participate in the 2013 Castleton Festival will be the 70-plus members of the Castleton Festival Orchestra, and 40 singing residents known as “C.A.T.S.” (Castleton Artists Training Seminar). C.A.T.S residents will spend the summer 2013 living, training and rehearsing with Maestro Maazel, and including soprano Nancy Gustafson, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, opera stars Denyce Graves, James Morris, Neil Shicoff and Rafael Payare.

Season subscription packages this year will start at under $100 and will be available online on Monday, November 26 at 10 a.m. at the Castleton website. Those preferring to make reservations by phone can call 866-974-0767. Single tickets will go on sale a bit later, starting in April 2013.


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Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  



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