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The Britten Project: Castleton Festival Opera Lorin Maazel, artistic director & conductor 

When: March 24-26, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 27, 3 p.m. 2011
Price: $44, $58, $72, $90

In an extremely exciting coup for Cal Performances, the organization presents the West Coast premiere of Maestro LorinMaazel'sCastleton Festival Opera. Direct from pastoral Virginia, a company of internationally recognized and emerging artists performs Benjamin Britten's first chamber opera, The Rape of Lucretia(Mar. 24 and 25), followed by the comedic chamber opera, Albert Herring (Mar. 26 and 27), with soprano Nancy Gustaffson as Lady Billows. Don't miss the pre-performance talk by Dr. John Evans, author of many works on Britten (Mar. 24-26, at 7 p.m.). At Zellerbach Hall(Telegraph and Bancroft Way, Berkeley) Thursday through Saturday, Mar. 24 -26 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Mar. 27 at 3 p.m.$44-$90, with discounts for seniors and UC faculty, staff, and students.

— Jason Victor Serinus


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