Castleton Festival

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Country and Region United StatesVirginia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Castleton, Virginia, USA
Festival Contact Information

Headquarters during year:
Castleton Festival
2300 N Street NW, Suite 5254
Washington DC 20037 USA

During Festival season:
Castleton Festival
7 Castleton Meadows Lane
Castleton VA 22716 USA

Box Office:
Phone: +01 866-974-0767

Festival Description

The annual Castleton Festival was created for the development of young professional musicians and advanced students. The festival takes place on a 550 acre farm in Castleton, Virginia where the young, talented artists live and work together over the course of a month. The program includes performances and training, directed by the founder, Maestro Lorin Maazel and other established artists. The participants receive support through coaching, workshops, private lessons and master classes. The young participants include local students as well as international professionals. Apprenticeships and internships opportunities await these participants in the artistic, production and technical fields. The festival is organized by the Châteauville Foundation.

Festival Dates July 6 - 28, 2013
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Festival Events:

New productions 2013:
  • Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West), conducted by Maestro Maazel
    • A new production that will open the Festival on Saturday, July 6. The opera, composed by Giacomo Puccini, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on Dec. 10, 1910, and is based on David Belasco’s play. The story is set in a mining camp in California and centers on Minnie, a saloon owner, who falls in love with a stranger who is actually a bandit wanted by the town’s sheriff and miners.
  • Verdi’s Otello
    • A production brought by Maestro Maazel to Castleton will take place on July 13, 19, 26 and 28. It is a former Glyndebourne production, now owned by Castleton, staged by Sir Peter Hall. Based on Shakespeare’s play Othello with a libretto by Arrigo Boito, Otello was Verdi’s penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, in 1887.
  • La Voix Humaine
    • Another Festival production — a new, unique double bill, premiering July 13 at 3 p.m, which will pair, for the first time, the Poulenc opera and the Cocteau play La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice). This celebrated story of abandonment, grief and heartbreak centers on a desperate woman’s last phone call to an ex-lover. In his play Jean Cocteau draws attention to mediated acts of communication and the inexorable gaps between human beings— strangely poignant in our contemporary world of pervasive cell phones, email and Facebook.
Symphony concerts 2013:
  • Symphonic concerts of Mahler, Britten, and Tchaikovsky. Castleton rounds out its new productions in 2013 with Mostly Mahler, four symphonic concerts and chamber music/recitals:
    • Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation Symphony,” conducted by Maestro Maazel
    • Mahler 5th Symphony, conducted by Rafael Payare, and a new composition by an American Composer under the age of 25, conducted by Maestro Maazel
    • Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Requiem and Brahms’s Serenade No. 2
    • A concert of Benjamin Britten (honoring the composer’s centenary) and Tchaikovsky including Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Les Illuminations, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
    • Chamber Music of Mahler with the Castleton Chamber Players
    • Mahler Lieder — a CATS Song Recital
Young Artists & Young Audiences 2013:
  • A new initiative in 2013, Maestro Maazel’s Young Composer’s Forum, will seek submissions from American composers age 25 or younger. The composition Maestro selects will be performed as part of the Festival’s concert series, and will be conducted by Maestro Maazel. The 2013 Festival will also include song recitals and chamber concerts that showcase the young talent working on the Castleton Festival campus. The Castleton Chamber Players, featuring violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Daniel Lelchuk, will perform concerts each weekend, and the 40 Castleton singing residents, known as C.A.T.S. (Castleton Artists Training Seminar), will perform opera scenes and singing recitals during the Festival — both popular events that sold out in 2012.


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Practical Info:

  • Castleton Farms
    Castleton View Road
    Castleton, Virginia


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