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Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 72 members
Review from Hllywd
Red Velvet 867 events 436 reviews

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.

reviewed Mar 27 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Bob S.
Red Velvet 274 events 258 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Mar 25 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Dana Miller
Red Velvet 182 events 118 reviews

The opera "Albert Herring" was thoroughly enjoyable. The singers' voices were beautiful and the story was light and funny. I also enjoyed the small orchestra and Britten's modern classical music.

The seats were excellent, and the entire...continued

reviewed Mar 27 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Steve
Red Velvet 158 events 103 reviews

An adequate performance of an interesting opera (Albert Herring). we expected better, but couldn't argue with the price.

reviewed Mar 27 2011 report as inappropriate
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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

*_Albert Herring_

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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