Lorin Maazel

Lorin Maazel by Bill Bernstein

For over five decades Lorin Maazel has been one of the world's most sought-after conductors. He's the former conductor of the New York Philharmonic and continues to direct the Santiago Calatrava-designed opera house in Valencia, Spain, the Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia." He also serves as Artistic Director of the new Castleton Festival, which launched to exceptional acclaim in 2009.

Some obsessions and compulsions are better than others. Conductor Lorin Maazel admits that at one point in his career, he spent too much time at the opera. He says that it was worse than an obsession.

There are worse things than having an obsession with Wagner and opera. The former conductor of the New York Philharmonic has a new passion: the Castleton Festival. This summer music festival and artist residency presents mostly chamber operas at Lorin Maazel's home in Castleton, Virginia. Learn more about the Castleton Festival, and how it nurtures the skills and artistic development of promising young singers, instrumentalists and stage directors: http://chateauville.org.


We all know music makes a powerful statement that touches us on different emotional and intellectual levels. According to conductor Lorin Maazel, the musicians who make that music also make a powerful statement.

Lorin Maazel is also a violinist and composer. His first opera, "1984", based on George Orwell's literary masterpiece, had its world premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in May 2005.

More information on Lorin Maazel is available on his website: www. maestromaazel.com.

The music heard here is from Dvorak's Symphony No 7, Mvt II (DGG 410997 or 453124).

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