Backstage Tour

A free Education & Community Enrichment program:

Music That Tells a Story –
Opera Workshop

facilitated by Rochelle Ellis, Dma Voice

Two-hour Workshop – choice of:

  • Wednesday June 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Lawrenceville Public Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

  • Saturday June 10 from 10 am-noon at the Turning Point United Methodist Church, 15 S. Broad Street, Trenton

  • Wednesday June 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton

Backstage Tour and Final Dress Rehearsal:

Friday June 16 from 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Matthews Theatre
McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540


Pre-registration is required for this free Education & Community Engagement program.

“Music that Tells a Story” combines a two-hour opera workshop, in either Trenton or Princeton, with a full professional opera performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio and a backstage tour at Matthews Theatre in the McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.

The workshop is an enjoyable and interactive orientation to opera and to The Princeton Festival’s 2017 opera production of Fidelio. Dr. Rochelle Ellis leads the workshop, focusing not only on the musical features and techniques of the opera, but also its significance to opera in general, and its relevance to our world today. There will also be live performances of arias from the German opera repertoire by young singers from area schools.

In addition to the workshop, participants will attend a full performance of Fidelio at its final dress rehearsal.

There will be a guided backstage tour prior to the performance to give participants insight into the behind-the-scenes preparations for staging the production.


FACT SHEET. A pdf fact sheet is available by clicking on this link:
2017 Fact Sheet Music that Tells a Story. It can be saved to your computer for later reading.

Music that Tells a Story FAQ



Rochelle Ellis, DMA Voice

Dr. Rochelle Ellis is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a Lecturer of Voice at Princeton University.

In addition, Dr. Ellis serves as a vocal consultant for Trenton Children’s Chorus and teaches in the Westminster Conservatory Summer Vocal Institutes for middle school and high school students.


beethovens’s fidelio

MUSIC BY ludwig van beethoven
LIBRETTO BY Joseph Sonnleithner
BASED ON  Jean-Nicolas Bouilly


Magnificent music, …

» Read more about The Princeton Festival’s production of Fidelio