Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theater and opera performed by the stars of tomorrow, working with established artists, to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County, Virginia. The Castleton Festival is distinct among other festivals in the Greater Washington region because of its combined roles as a producing entity, a modern performance venue and, most importantly, a mentoring program for young artists and theater professionals.
Each summer, the Festival invites more than 250 artists to Castleton where young professional singers, musicians, makeup and costumers, technicians and stagehands work on their craft alongside more experienced professionals for eight weeks of rehearsals and performances.
Castleton has been a vista-opener for over 3,000 young people through open dress rehearsals, master classes and through its C.A.T.S. (Castleton Artists Training Seminar) program for advanced vocal students which runs parallel to the four-week performance festival. Castleton is committed to engaging C.A.T.S. alumni to return in future seasons to perform leading and supporting roles.
Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, the Castleton Festival’s performances take place in two venues on the Maazel Family’s 600-acre Castleton Farms: the Castleton Festival Theatre is a 648 seat air-conditioned proscenium theatre that includes multi-level seating and an orchestra pit accommodating up to 90 musicians; the Theatre House is: an intimate, state-of-the-art 138 seat proscenium theatre including seating on two levels and an orchestra pit accommodating 20 musicians. The Festival is the largest non-government employer in central Virginia's Rappahannock County.
In its seventh season, June 27-July 19, 2015, the Castleton Festival will again present four weeks of operas concerts, and more with an additional two weekends of jazz concerts programmed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy. Repertoire from previous seasons includes The Turn of the Screw, The Beggar’s Opera, Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia (2009); Il Trittico, A Soldier’s Tale and Master Pedro’s Puppet Show (2010); La Bohème, L’enfant et les sortilèges and Seven Deadly Sins (2011); The Barber of Seville, Carmen, and A Little Night Music (2012); The Girl of the Golden West, Otello, and La Voix Humaine (2013); and Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Don Juan in Hell, bluegrass, an All-American Band concert on July 4, symphonic concerts, chamber music, and song (2014)
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