Dietlinde Turban Maazel

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Dietlinde Turban debuted at the age of 19 as Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust at the State Theatre in Munich. In rapid succession she starred in Lessing’s Minna von Barnhelm as Minna, and in Shakespeare’s Othello as Desdemona, which earned her the Bad Hersfeld Festival prize for best actress. She has also starred in works of Anouilh, Brecht, Giraudoux, Goethe, Pinter, and Rattigan. She appeared as guest star at the State Theater in Bonn and the Josefstadt-Theater in Vienna.

Turban won Germany’s coveted Bambi Award as Best Actress of the Year (1983).

Among her film credits are: the title role in Goethe’s Stella, Luise in Schiller’s Love and Intrigue, 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 Euridice in the Jean-Pierre Ponnelle/Harnoncourt adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. She also performed in Die Kalte Heimat, Die Undankbare, Peter Schamoni’s The Castle in Königswald, and the World War II story Mussolini and I, staring opposite Anthony Hopkins.

In 2004 Turban performed her own one-woman play, Constantly Risking Absurdity, at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, at the George Mason University in Virginia, and for the American Austrian Foundation in Salzburg for the inauguration of Schloss Arenberg in 2005.

Turban appeared as soloist/narrator with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in DC, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich.

Turban has recorded a number of audiobooks (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, and Thomas Mann.

Turban studied violin, classical dance, and voice in Munich, New York, and Aspen.

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.

In addition to her role as administrator of the Castleton Festival and the year-round performance season at the Castleton Theatre, she works as private performance coach in Manhattan. In summer 2013 she starred in Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine at the Castleton Festival.