Dietlinde Turban Maazel

credit T. J. Kirkpatrick

Dietlinde Turban Maazel’s first stage appearance at the age of 19 as Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust at the Residenztheater in Munich brought her national fame. In rapid succession she starred in Lessing’s Minna von Barnhelm (as Minna), Shakespeare’s Othello (as Desdemona) which earned her the Bad Hersfeld Festival Prize for Best Actress, and in works of Anouilh, Brecht, Giraudoux, Goethe, Pinter, Rattigan. She appeared as guest star at the State Theater in Bonn and the Josefstadt-Theater in Vienna.

Thanks to scores of films and plays filmed for television, Mrs. Turban Maazel won Germany’s coveted Bambi Award as Best Actress of the Year (1983). Among her film credits: the title role in Goethe’s Stella and Schiller’s Love and Intrigue (Luise), the role of Mozart’s sister-in-law Aloysia in the French film biography of the composer, a starring role in Sidney Sheldon’s American thriller Bloodline, and the part of Euridice in the Jean-Pierre Ponnelle/Harnoncourt film adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the lead-roles in Die Kalte Heimat, Die Undankbare, Peter Schamoni’s The Castle in Königswald and the World War II story Mussolini and I, starring opposite Anthony Hopkins.

In 2004 Ms. Turban Maazel performed her first One Woman Play Constantly Risking Absurdity at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, at the George Mason University, VA, and for the American Austrian Foundation in Salzburg at the inauguration of Schloss Arenberg in 2005.

Ms. Turban Maazel appeared as soloist/narrator with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra DC and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Munich. Ms. Turban Maazel has recorded a number of audio books (Naxos) as well as CDs in collaboration with young composers. She also performs dramatic readings of literary masterpieces both in the United States and in Europe and tours with recitals based on works by Andersen, Fontane, Heine, Kafka, Rilke, Schiller, Thomas Mann (“Das Teufelsgespräch” from Doktor Faustus), and a portrayal of Lou Andreas Salomé.

Ms. Turban Maazel studied violin, classical dance and voice in Munich (Musikhochschule), New York and Aspen. Her theatre studies include Master Classes with Peter Brook, Lee Strasberg and the T. Schreiber Studio, NY.

In 1996 she founded a private school for low-income families on her Virginia Estate and developed a pilot educational project designed to explore new ways of integrating vital artistic and aesthetic values into school curricula, inspired by Rudolf Steiner.

In 2009 Ms. Turban Maazel co-founded the Castleton Festival with her husband, Maestro Lorin Maazel. After his passing in 2014 she took over as Artistic Director and CEO. In addition to overseeing a year-round performance season at the Castleton Theatre (CiP) she works as a private performance coach in Manhattan and teaches every summer at the “Castleton Artists Training Seminar” (CATS), the Castleton Festival’s Young Artist Program. Ms. Turban Maazel also teaches at various international vocal arts institutes.