13 Jul 2009
Down on a Virginia Farm, a New Festival of Music
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Steve Smith [NY Times, 14 July 2009]
CASTLETON, Va. — After Lorin Maazel conducted his last concerts as New York Philharmonic music director with four performances of Mahler’s grandiose “Symphony of a Thousand” in late June, you could hardly fault him for seeking escape at his country home. Mr. Maazel, 79, however, has an idea of retreat that is different from most people’s: awaiting him at his 550-acre Virginia estate, Castleton Farms, were some 200 young singers, instrumentalists, conductors and theatrical designers, assembled for the first Castleton Festival.