CATS Faculty


Dietlinde Turban Maazel

CEO and Artistic Director

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.

Stanford Olsen

Director, Castleton Artists Training Seminar

Distinguished American tenor Stanford Olsen is the veteran of over 1500 performances on five continents. Following his Metropolitan Opera debut opposite Dame Joan Sutherland in Bellini’s I puritani, he performed for 15 years with the Met. Highly regarded for his interpretations of the bel canto roles of Nemorino, Almaviva, and Arturo, Olsen has been heard in this repertoire throughout the world at venues such as San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Miami Opera, La Scala, Landestheater Stuttgart, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro Bellini di Catania, La Monnaie, Australian Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nederlandse Oper, Tokyo Opera City, and many other opera companies in the USA and Europe. A sought-after clinician and adjudicator, Stanford Olsen has been a frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. He has given masterclasses to students all over the country, at universities and conservatories including CCM, Curtis, Eastman, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University, University of Illinois, University of Houston, and USC. He has also worked with the apprentices at the Tanglewood Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Ravinia Festival, Cleveland Art Song Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, the Utah Opera, and the Metropolitan’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. Olsen is currently on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance as Professor of Voice, after 15 years as Artist-in-Residence and holder of the Shelfer Eminent Scholar in Music Chair at Florida State University.

Eduardo Chama

Chama has received recognition for his work on both the operatic and concert stages around the world. He has worked in opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, New Israeli Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Opera de Puerto Rico, L’Opéra Français de New York, NYCO, Palermo Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Genève Opera, Teatro Real, and Glimmerglass Opera. His signature roles include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Méphistophélès (Faust), the Four Villains (Tales of Hoffman), Amonasro (Aida), Sancho (Don Quichotte), and Falstaff (Falstaff). He is currently a Professor of Voice and the co-director of the Opera institute at Rutgers University.

2015 Guest Faculty

Denyce Graves

Incomparable mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves returns to the Castleton Festival fresh from triumphs at Covent Garden and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. One of the most acclaimed interpreters of Carmen and Dalila, she has sung in the most famous houses in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.

Alessandra Marc

Dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc has consistently been acclaimed as one of the most outstanding artists of our day. With its unique colour, range, and quality, her voice has been praised as “an instrument of unsurpassed beauty and impact” and “perhaps the richest, fullest, most beautiful big soprano voice around” in The New Yorker. Marc gave her first command performance at the White House in 1991, and is a frequent guest of the world’s leading opera houses and orchestras, collaborating with the most eminent conductors and vocalists of our time.

Previous Guest Faculty include:

  • James Morris
  • Carol Vaness
  • Marlena Malas
  • Neil Shicoff
  • Richard Stilwell
  • Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs

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