Monday, November 26, 2012

Castleton Festival 2013

The Castleton Festival, the summer series of opera, orchestral and chamber-music performances on the Rappahannock County estate of conductor Lorin Maazel and his wife, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, will stage new productions of Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West,” Verdi’s “Otello” and “La Voix Humane,” a double-bill of the play by Jean Cocteau and the opera by Francis Poulenc, in its fifth season, running from July 6-28.

The 2013 festival also will present concert performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Fifth (“Reformation”) Symphony, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and a new work by a young American composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem and Brahms’ Serenade No. 2, Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and “Les Illuminations” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” and a program of Mahler art-songs.

The festival, founded by the Maazels in 2009, draws 40 young singers and more than 70 young instrumentalists to work with the conductor and other leading professional musicians, next summer including singers Denyce Graves, James Morris and Neil Shicoff.

Singers in the Castleton Artists Training Seminar (C.A.T.S.) and the Castleton Chamber Players will be featured in recitals throughout the festival.

Ticket subscriptions for Castleton events are now on sale. For details, including a program schedule, visit the festival’s website,