Castleton Festival Opera Delivers Britten!
(Chronicle Music Critic)
“Britten’s chamber operas, most of them written for the intimate setting of the Aldeburgh Festival, are conceived in a spirit of utter transparency. The instrumental writing is spare, the text-setting crisp and the dramaturgy – whether in a serious or comic vein – swift and direct.
That was the guiding principle behind Thursday’s superb Berkeley performance of “The Rape of Lucretia,” the opening salvo of a four-night visit by conductor Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Opera. Beautifully sung, deftly staged and conducted with a masterful sensitivity to Britten’s rhythms and orchestral textures, it was a textbook example of how to do right by this most delicate of genres.” – Joshua Kosman