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Maazel takes show on the road

Lorin Maazel continues to surprise -- and defy the conventional wisdom, which for a while ran that life had little more to offer him after his tenure at the New York Philharmonic, and he would retire to his Virginia farm/estate. First, as I've frequently written about here and in the paper, he developed his long-time training program into the Castleton Festival, now heading into its second summer. Then, he signed on as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic as of 2012. And now, he's taking the Castleton Festival on the road. Cal Performances, at UC Berkeley, has just announced its 2010-11 season, and it includes a mini-festival of the Castleton Festival Opera, performing "Albert Herring" and "The Rape of Lucretia" from March 24-26, 2011.

Conventional wisdom also has it that Castleton is a pleasant little home project of Maazel's. It's been clear, though, that he has big ambitions for it; and if he starts to tour with his productions it will put the little festival more firmly on the map and underline more firmly its main question: how much growth can it sustain, given the petite-ness of its theater and the limitations of playing in a tent? Is it time to call in Frank Gehry?

By Anne Midgette  |  May 5, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
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