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While classical music usually hibernates in the summertime, the Castleton Festival does its best to fill the void. Launched in 2009 by former New York Philharmonic director Lorin Maazel, the series specializes in operas and chamber music by a roster of young artists selected and tutored by the conductor. Maazel, who has long hosted private performances at his 550-acre estate in Virginia’s horse country, established the festival to expand access from his well-heeled friends to the simply well-heeled. The event has since begun to host concerts at other venues, including a Shakespeare reading at Strathmore with Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren on June 30. Tonight, Castleton opens with Puccini’s La Bohème, an opera familiar to Washington audiences, but whose young cast is not yet as recognizable.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. at Castleton Farms, 181 Hope Hill Road, Castleton, Va. $85.