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5.4.07

Châteauville Foundation's Next Opera

You may recall the strong reviews Jens and I wrote about the production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw last spring. It was the work of the Châteauville Foundation, the brain child of Maestro Lorin Maazel, staged in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater with a chamber orchestra and cast of young musicians. This year, the group is presenting another chamber opera, Britten's Rape of Lucretia, which I also recently reviewed in another production. Maazel will also conduct these performances, scheduled for only two days next weekend (April 14, 8 pm; April 15, 4 pm) and only at the organization's home in Castleton, Virginia.

The English director Will Kerley is staging the opera, with a cast of young singers brought to Castleton for a special residency. The players are all drawn from the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. The Foundation has recently suggested that we encourage the readers of Ionarts to contact them, if you are interested in being added to the Châteauville Foundation mailing list. For more information, write to them by e-mail (janetr at chateauville dot org) or call (540) 937-8969. Supporters on that mailing list are invited to the Castleton facility for these private events.

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