Eminent conductor Lorin Maazel (pictured) and his wife created an idyllic summer venture on their 550-acre estate deep in Rappahannock County. Selected students and young professionals from around the world gather there for mentoring and performance opportunities each year. For the 2012 Castleton Festival, Maazel conducts staged productions of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" (June 29, July 1) and Bizet's "Carmen" (June 30, July 6, 8), and conducts the festival orchestra in Beethoven's Ninth (July 7). Chamber concerts and a production of Sondheims "A Little Night Music" (July 13-15) are also on the schedule. There will be two Castleton Festival performances closer to the D.C. area, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. Maazel conducts an all-Gershwin offering Thursday and a concert version of Puccini's "La Boheme" July 7.
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