Rainer Maria Rilke and the Shadow of Auguste Rodin
Songs from Vienna and Paris
Tyler Nelson, tenor
Dietlinde Turban Maazel, narrator
Rachel Corbett, author
Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke and the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin developed an unlikely collaboration and friendship that set the stage for a conversation about Parisian and Viennese culture at the arrival of the year 1900. Tyler Nelson performs poems of Rilke and Baudelaire set to music by Alma Mahler, Anton Webern, Claude Debussy, Paul Hindemith. These works offer an intimate look into the literature, art, and music of this magnificent epoch in European history.
Actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel will present readings of Rilke and symbolist poet Charles Beaudelaire. Rachel Corbett will illuminate her prize winning book on the subject, “You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin”
Tyler Nelson is one of America’s most promising young tenors. A frequent performer at the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Nelson performed in Rape of Lucretia, Gianni Schicchi, Albert Herring, L’enfant et les sortilèges and sang the role of Count Almaviva in a co-production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville by the Castleton Festival and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Nelson’s recent engagements have included performances of the Britten Serenade, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has appeared as a soloist on the stages of the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall.
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. Thanks to scores of films and plays she won the coveted Bambi Award (1983) and other awards. Her film credits include Euridice in the Ponnelle/Harnoncourt film adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the American movies Bloodline and Mussolini and I, in which she starred opposite Anthony Hopkins. Mrs. Turban Maazel has appeared as soloist/narrator with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.
She also recorded audio books for Naxos. In 2004 she premiered her first one-woman play, Constantly Risking Absurdity, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, and then performed it internationally. In 2013 she played Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine at the Castleton Festival.
A violinist, singer and dancer by training, Dietlinde is a sought after private performance coach and stage director. She created and teaches the course “Acting for Singers” at Rutgers University and is also on guest faculty at the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and the Highland Opera Studios, Ontario.
Rachel Corbett is the author of You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, which won the 2016 Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing. Translations are forthcoming in German, Czech, Turkish, Korean, Serbian and Russian. She contributes regularly to the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Art Newspaper, the BBC, New York Magazine, and others. Ms. Corbett graduated from Columbia University and the University of Iowa, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.