Artistic Director – Dietlinde Turban Maazel


Dietlinde Turban Maazel achieved national fame in her first stage appearance, at the age of 19, as Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust at the Residenz Theatre in Munich. She next starred as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello, for which she received the Bad Hersfeld Festival’s Prize for Best Actress. Mrs. Turban Maazel won the coveted Bambi Award by popular vote as Best Actress of the Year (1983), thanks to a multitude of films and plays filmed for television. Her film credits include Euridice in Ponnelle’s adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, a starring role in the American thriller Bloodline, and Mussolini and I, in which she played opposite Anthony Hopkins. Mrs. Turban Maazel has appeared as soloist/narrator with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra DC, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Munich. Mrs. Turban Maazel has also recorded a number of audio books for Naxos. In 2004, Mrs. Turban Maazel performed her first one-woman play, Constantly Risking Absurdity, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, and then later at George Mason University and for the American Austrian Foundation in Salzburg. In the summer of 2013, she performed Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine at the Castleton Festival. Mrs. Turban Maazel has studied violin, dance, and voice in Munich, New York, and Aspen. Her theatre studies include masterclasses with Peter Brook and Lee Strasberg. In 1996, she founded a private school on her estate in Castleton, and developed a pilot educational project designed to explore new ways of integrating vital artistic and aesthetic values into school curricula. In addition to her role as Artistic Director & CEO of the Castleton Festival, she is on the faculty of Rutgers University, where she created a new course, “Acting for Singers,” for the Mason Gross School of the Arts.


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