Lorin Maazel, the Castleton Festival Opera, and the Berkeley Symphony Perform Britten
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The last date listed for Castleton Festival Opera was Sunday March 27, 2011 / 3:00pm (Albert Herring).
Currently at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall:
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For over 250 years, Handel's Messiah has stood as one of the most beloved works in classical music history. This year, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra honors the joyous holiday season with a performance of this monumental celebration of faith and the human experience. The orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas McGegan, who has beautifully interpreted Handel's Messiah for over 20 years. They'll be joined onstage by the Philharmonia Chorale and distinguished guest soloists, who color Handel's various movements with rich tones and passionate intensity. Experience the true meaning of the season at this uplifting concert as you thrill to the blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and a chorus of heavenly voices. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Robert S.
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Not much of an opera person to begin with but this type of chamber composition rather than being aria-driven really didn't thrill me nor my guest. I can appreciate the excellent voices and beautiful music but as a whole this type of opera wasn't something I'd be interested in. The story would need to be far more compelling to draw me in. Certainly can't complain about the price! It was a learning experience though.
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This really did not thrill me. I thought it was boring and cheesy. The music was beautiful though. However, the singing was repetitive and one note. I wish I just could have went and heard only the orchestra play. It was also very long.
With a conducting career spanning more than 50 years, Lorin Maazel's name is synonymous with musical excellence the world over. He was looking to the future when he created the Castleton Festival in 1997. Here, Maazel works intimately with a hand-picked group of singers, conductors, and directors. Among them are the best young singers he has heard in his travels throughout the international opera world. The artists live together on a beautiful 550-acre farm in Castleton, Virginia, collaborating on musical performances of nuance and depth.
In the past, anyone interested in experiencing these productions had no option other than to travel to Virginia. But now, Maazel and his colleagues are heading west, giving Bay Area music lovers—as well as those who appreciate unique artistic collaborations—a chance to enjoy this extraordinary group of artists at work.
The Rape of Lucretia
Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, 8:00 pm
The Rape of Lucretia (1946), written a year after Peter Grimes, was Britten's first chamber opera and includes some of his most ravishingly beautiful music. In this moving tragedy, corruption threatens virtue as Ancient Rome has descended into depravity and the only honorable woman remaining is Lucretia. The opera conveys with intense passion the struggle between evil and redemption, as the King's son seethes with jealousy, determined to test Lucretia's chastity.
Vocal cast to feature: Vale Rideout, Ekaterina Metlova, Arianna Zukerman, Michael Rice, Michael Weyandt, Matthew Worth, Alison Tupay, and Marnie Breckenridge
Saturday, March 26, 8:00 pm; and Sunday, March 27, 3:00 pm
Albert Herring was written just one year after Lucretia, but the contrast could not be greater. Here is a true comic opera with a lightness of touch rarely found in Britten's work. The score sparkles with some of the composer's wittiest music and his gifts for parody and caricature are on full display. Castleton's charming production features a Bay Area favorite, soprano Nancy Gustafson, as Lady Billows.
Vocal cast to feature: Nancy Gustafson, Kristin Patterson, Ashleigh Semkiw, Alexander Tall, Tyler Nelson, Benjamin Bloomfield, Adrian Kramer, Brian Z. Porter, Tammy Coll, and Rachel Calloway
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