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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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