A-a-a-a-a-nd we’re off!
Rehearsals for Man of La Mancha have begun, the Fidelio cast arrives this weekend, and our 32-page program book has gone to the printer. Beethoven has visited us through film (Beethoven Lives Upstairs) and in person (a/k/a Dennis Kobray, a one-man living history show). Free lectures begin on May 25th and Fidelio artists and staff offer an Artists’ Round Table on […]Read More
Sneak peek at our 2017 Program Book
Our 2017 Program Book has gone to the printer! If you can’t wait until our first concerts to read the details on our 11 types of performances – with 2 performances of the opera Fidelio and 11 performances of the musical Man of La Mancha – and well over a dozen lectures, films, and other […]Read More
Hear 2016 Concerts on WWFM 5/25, 5/30, 6/1, 6/5 *SCHEDULE REVISED ON 5/9*
Please note that many of the previously-announced dates and programs have changed. Just prior to our June season, you can hear several of our 2016 concerts broadcast on WWFM: Thursday, May 25th at 4 pm – Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra concert Tuesday, May 30th at 4 pm – Kristiaan Seynhave organ recital Thursday, June 1st at 4 pm – […]Read More
“Lucky 13” was lucky indeed!
It would not be a Princeton Festival Gala without a conga line! What an incredible evening at the April 22nd Gala celebrating the Festival’s 13th season and honoring Founding Board Chair Helene Kulsrud. THANK YOU to the volunteers and staff who worked so tirelessly to make the evening a success. Look for additional event photos […]Read More
2017 Season Calendar
Here’s a “season at a glance” listing of all 2017 performances, lectures and special events for your convenience. Details are available through the Events tab at the top of this and every page on our website. Download the 2017 Season Calendar | PDFRead More
Announcing new piano competition prizes: for teachers and a Grand Prize
Trophies, cash prizes, certificates … none of that has changed for the 2017 Piano Competition. But (drum roll, please) we’re pleased to announce two new prizes – For teachers – In each category, the teacher of the winning pianist will receive a plaque from the Festival to honor their role in their student’s accomplishments. After […]Read More
Thanks to you, we’re the “People’s Choice” for Opera!
We couldn’t have done it without you! A record-setting 18,000 people voted in the 2017 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards this year and we’re pleased as punch that we’ve been named the winner in the Opera category. If you haven’t seen any of our operas, come see Beethoven’s Fidelio this June to see why we’ve won […]Read More
Huzzah, we’ve been nominated again!
We’re so proud to announce that Discover Jersey Arts has again nominated us in the Opera Company category of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards! With your help, we’ve won the “Favorite” title in the last few years so we need your help again this year. To vote, just go to http://jerseyarts.com/vote – “Opera Company” is the 2nd category […]Read More
NJTV “Looks Ahead” to Fidelio
The Princeton Festival’s upcoming production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio is highlighted in Maddie Orton’s NJTV News story “A Look Ahead at the Arts in 2017”! A Look Ahead at the Arts in 2017Read More
Support Trenton Community Artists
PURCHASE PETER GRIMES-INSPIRED ART DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON – 18 artists exhibit 32 pieces and a dozen hand-painted glasses Exhibit: December 1-30, 2016 Receptions: December 20, 2016 Free and open to the public Noon – 2:30pm – Meet the Artists reception 4:30 – 6:30pm – Celebrate the Arts reception Thomas Sweet Café Montgomery Shopping Center, […]Read More
2017 Piano Competition now open
Check out our 2017 Piano Competition webpage for this year’s repertoire, competition rules, and application procedures! The online application can also be accessed through the button below. APPLY NOW Key Dates Application deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT Preliminary rounds: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9am to 3:30pm Sunday, June 4, 2017 from […]Read More
Thank you for a(nother) wonderful season
It’s hard to believe that this year’s Princeton Festival Season has come to an end − thank you for making this season such a great success!Read More
Audience reactions to Peter Grimes
Opening night opera-goers give thoughtful critique and impressions during the post-performance reception for Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” Additional performances Thursday June 23 at 7:30pm and Sunday June 26 at 3pm. For more information, check out our Peter Grimes event page. For tickets, call McCarter Ticket Office at 609.258.2787 or purchase online.Read More
Peter Grimes audience raves on social media after opening night
Social media is buzzing with comments, both about our opening night performance and about the story of Peter Grimes. Two more performances – Thursday June 23 at 7:30pm and Sunday June 26 at 3pm. Call 609.258.2787 or go online to purchase tickets! “Well sung, well performed, and a beautiful work.” – Daniel T. “An opera […]Read More
Congratulations to the Piano Competition winners!
First, we congratulate all 121 dedicated participants in this year’s competition for providing two weekends of beautiful piano artistry and thank our adjudicators Joanne Polk and Mikhail Yanovitsky for their thoughtful critiques. Repertoire for our 2017 competition will be posted on our website and through our eNews in the Fall. Special congratulations go to this […]Read More
A special note from Bill Lockwood
Did you know that Britten’s opera Peter Grimes is one of Bill Lockwood’s favorites? As McCarter’s Special Programming Director (a/k/a impresario), Bill has been curating McCarter’s music and dance programs for over 50 years and is quite an opera aficionado as well. Bill wrote a Special Note explaining why he loves Peter Grimes – I […]Read More
Did you miss Stephen Allen’s lecture on June 7th?
You’re in luck! Professor Allen has shared the video of his eye-opening lecture with us –Read More
Announcing Piano Competition Finalists
Finalists for our Piano Competition will be posted here and on our Facebook page as they are announced after each Preliminary Round on June 4th and June 5th. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the Finalists! We look forward to the Final Round on Sunday June 12th. Elementary Artists – E7 Effie […]Read More
Sneak peek at ‘A Little Night Music’ costumes
Our musical this year – Stephen Sondheim’s gem A Little Night Music – is set in 1900 Sweden so you can bet the costumes will transport you back to that period of gentility and elegant fashion … complete with big hats and parasols! Did you know that our master costumer Marie Miller has been designing […]Read More
‘Pop-up’? What’s a ‘pop-up’?
Loosely defined, a “pop-up’ is an unannounced performance that unexpectedly ‘pops up’ in a public place. It can be small, it can be grand, and many of YouTube’s favorite videos fall into that category. Artists from our Peter Grimes cast surprised shoppers at MarketFair last Friday with a pop-up performance of Broadway and opera favorites – […]Read More
Local boys share role of John in Peter Grimes
Will Guhl-Erdie and Alex Hermann, good friends and students at St. Ann School, will share the role of John, Peter Grimes’s apprentice, in our production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes. They’re pictured here in their first rehearsal with Caroline Worra (Ellen Orford) and Alex Richards (Peter Grimes), both of whom have performed at […]Read More
Welcome, opera cast!
The opera chorus began rehearsals over the weekend and the principals gathered today at a welcome luncheon provided by the Princeton Festival Guild and hosted by Carol Wojciechowicz. Everyone had a great time meeting each other and reconnecting with colleagues they had worked with previously in opera houses around the country before getting down to […]Read More
Our educational programs start on June 1st
This year, our Education & Community Engagement program includes13 free talks, previews, workshops, and an open rehearsal! Whether you’re interested in hearing from a composer about his creative process (Richard Einhorn discussing Voices of Light with two music and history professors), or looking for background on Benjamin Britten and his opera Peter Grimes (lectures by […]Read More
Pop-up performance on June 1st
Want a sneak peek at both our musical and opera casts? You can see both in a pop-up performance at Whole Foods on Route 1 on Wednesday, June 1st at 11am. Just plan to be near the check-out registers and act surprised…. If you can’t make it, check out our Facebook page afterwards!Read More
Princeton Sun interview with Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk
For a little Festival history, a peek at the how a season is put together, and an overview of this year’s season, check out Erica Chayes Wida’s interview with Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk in the Princeton Sun!Read More
Piano competition registration is now closed
Thank you for your interest in our piano competition – we have one of our highest number of applicants this year and look forward to hearing each of you perform! If you have any questions after first reading the competition rules, please email [email protected] If you missed the application deadline, please check back in the […]Read More
Oh, what a night!
Great food, exciting auction items (wow, Top Gun Flight Experience!), snappy music … thanks to all who came to support The Princeton Festival in an evening of friendship and fun. And a special shout-out to the many, many volunteers who worked on making this a memorable evening for all! Check out 20 more photos on […]Read More
Can you house an artist?
Every year dozens of artists come to Princeton to produce and perform in the Festival … and they all need a place to stay. If you have an extra room or two and are within 40 minutes of Princeton, you can help by becoming a Housing Host for a week, for a month, for their […]Read More
Tickets now available
[3/15/2016] eNews readers were notified this morning that tickets for our June 2016 season are now available for purchase! (If you’re not receiving our eNews, read the announcement here and signup here.) Tickets are available online, by phone at 609.258.2787, and in person at the McCarter Ticket Office. Special deals – including our new “Four or More” subscription at […]Read More
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks to your votes, we’ve (again) been named Favorite Opera Company in ArtPride New Jersey’s People’s Choice Awards. Over 100 organizations were nominated for the Awards in recognition of our collective contributions to New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts community. After record-shattering voting this year, we’re tickled pink to receive this honor with your […]Read More
Congratulations to our 2016 jazz performer Cécile McLorin Salvant on her win this evening for Best Jazz Vocal Album! Subscribe to our eNews to be the first to know when ticket sales will open in March so you can buy tickets to her Father’s Day June 19th concert before this concert sells out. » Read […]Read More
Opera News reviews our Marriage of Figaro
Our patrons loved it, our area reviewers loved it, and now we know that Opera News loved it, too! Joanne Sydney Lessner’s review of our 2015 production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) gave props to our “vigorous orchestra, attractive costumes, a gorgeous set, and traditional staging energized by a talented company.” “Under Steven LaCosse’s direction, […]Read More
Announcing our 2016 Season
General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk announced The Princeton Festival’s 2016 season at our Fall FUNraising party and more details were provided in the early November eNews. (Click here to subscribe!) Set to run from June 4th to June 26, our 12th season combines anchor events with bold new directions in programming. “Fans looking […]Read More
2016 Conducting Master Class now open
Check out our Conducting Master Class webpage for this year’s repertoire, description and application procedures! This 8-day program with Maestro Jan Harrington will focus on music of J.S. Bach for chorus and Baroque orchestra. Enrollment is limited to 8 conductors, with no limit for auditors. APPLY NOW Key Dates Notification of acceptances: Beginning on February […]Read More
We had a fabulous FUNraising fête on Sunday, October 26th at the D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center − palate-pleasing wines and beers from CoolVines, scrumptious cheese and charcuterie from Olsson’s Fine Foods, upbeat bluegrass by the Ocean Country Band … but best of all, a chance for Festival friends, old and […]Read More
2016 Piano Competition now open
Check out our 2016 Piano Competition webpage for this year’s repertoire, competition rules, and application procedures! The online application can also be accessed through the button below. APPLY NOW Key Dates Application deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT Preliminary rounds: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9am to 3:30pm Sunday, June 5, 2016 from […]Read More
Auditions for our 2016 opera, Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes, are now being scheduled – managed artists will be heard by appointment in NYC this Fall and opera chorus auditions will be held in Princeton on January 29, 30 & 31, 2016. More information, including contact information, is available on our Auditions webpage, princetonfestival.org/auditions. Ask […]Read More
NJ State Council on the Arts awards us the “Citation of Excellence” … again!
We are so grateful and proud to be awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, “the highest possible assessment of [our] Council grant applications by esteemed, independent panels of [our] peers” for the second consecutive year. We are thrilled with this endorsement of our efforts to delight, stimulate and enrich our audiences through a […]Read More
We couldn’t have done it without you! Whether you’re an event patron, a donor, a grantor, an artist, a volunteer, a Guild member, a housing host, an advertiser, or simply a music lover, we gratefully thank you for supporting our mission of bringing you high quality live performances in a festival of wide-ranging genres! Our […]Read More
Lecture: The Technology of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ by Mark Schubin
Festival fans know that we present an assortment of lectures and workshops each season that provide music analysis, historical background, and even “what if?” thought experiments pertaining to our opera and musical. Mark Schubin’s lecture on June 15th falls into that last category – what stage and home-media technologies were available when The Marriage of […]Read More
Profile of Kathak dancer Jin Won in U.S.1
Read Robert Johnson’s profile article in U.S.1 about dancer Jin Won, who is the choreographer and featured dancer in our Indian music and dance program this Saturday, June 27th at 8pm in McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. He writes: In “Pradhanica” — the name derives from the Hindi word for “leader” and implies “master of rhythm” — […]Read More
Spelling Bee playing to full houses!
Reviews for our musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, are starting to come in and they’re great! “The acting was superb by all…. There was also some wonderful choreography…. This is definitely a performance worth seeing.” – shutterbuggeek for Princeton Found The show is presented in a 90-seat black box theater where you’re […]Read More
Figaro is a hit!
Saturday’s opening performance of The Marriage of Figaro delighted the packed audience both musically and visually … but don’t take our word for it! Reviewers are raving – “I would defy anyone to find a better production on any stage in the world.” – Toby Grace for Out in Jersey Magazine “… the opera started […]Read More
Congratulations, Piano Competition Winners!
Congratulations to these very impressive Piano Competition winners: Elementary Class: Petrina Steimel (E6) Intermediate Artists: Kasey Shao (I51) Junior Artists: James Yang (J61) Senior Artists: Vivan Tsai (S81) Piano Four-Hands: Preston and Petrina Steimel (F54) Open Class: Constance Kaita (O89) Richard Tang Yuk Award for Most Outstanding Performer: Constance Kaita (pictured) Note to Finalists: please […]Read More
Purchase Music-themed Art by Trenton A-TEAM artists
Trenton Community A-TEAM Artists Trenton soup kitchen artists embrace opera “Even among those who are educated and well off, opera can be an acquired taste. For the Trenton Community A-Team artists of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the experience of opera may be even farther off. Thanks to a collaboration with the Princeton Festival, the […]Read More
Brochure corrections & changes: Fei-Fei Dong and Falkner Evans dates
(4/2/15) We’re so embarrassed that we missed a couple of errors in our brochure! Page 2 – Fei-Fei Dong’s piano recital is on FRIDAY (not Saturday), June 26. Page 4 – Falkner Evans piano quintet will perform on SUNDAY (not Saturday), June 7. Please note: the concert time has also been changed to 4pm (from […]Read More
Check out our Figaro Audience Guide and libretto
Increase your enjoyment of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by reading our Audience Guide and libretto in advance. Enjoy!Read More
See what you’re missing on our social media
If you’re reading this, you already know your way around our website. But there are many other ways to be “in the know!” If you’re not receiving our eNews, then sign up here to find out about new events and read articles about our lectures and performances. The eNews is published weekly until early July […]Read More
The casts of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Marriage of Figaro gathered for a “Meet and Greet” on their first day of rehearsal, joined by Festival board members, Guild members and housing hosts. Here, Haeran Hong (Susanna in Figaro), Emily Schnexnaydre (Rona in Spelling Bee) and Paul An (Antonio in Figaro) […]Read More
Princeton Magazine interviews Richard Tang Yuk
Read Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk’s interview by Nancy Plum appearing in The Last Word feature of the May/June issue of Princeton Magazine! Can you guess how he answered her question, “Do you have any hobbies or interests your audience would be surprised to know?”Read More