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Fidelio at Princeton Festival

Andrew Moravcsik, Opera Today, July 5, 2017

The Princeton Festival casts solidly and this year it assembled seven vocalists, each of which is the model of the modern American singer.

I have rarely heard any tenor, live or in recordings, so effortlessly navigate Beethoven’s unforgiving heights, to which Baetge adds heroic brilliance, a sweet timbre and spot-on intonation.

Overall, with this Fidelio Princeton Festival extends a string of remarkably accomplished and successful operas—an impressive achievement…

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The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra Gave Us a Throwback

R. Birkel, Princeton Found, June 23, 2017Baroque orchestra

The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra debuted in 2015. They play music written before and during the 18th century on instruments of that time. Most of the musicians have a common link of having studied at the Jacob School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington or playing with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. This is apparent by how harmoniously they play together.

The orchestra played such rich tones and it all flowed so smoothly. Each violin had a distinct voice and the music touched my soul. The Oboe and Violin Concerto in C minor is probably one of the most beautiful pieces Bach has written and was played with such passion. Soprano Paloma Friedhoff Bello’s solo from Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by Handel revealed her amazing vocal range to an astounded audience. She was a tour de force. Absolutely beautiful renditions of each piece were played. I gained a new gratitude for the subtleties in Baroque music and the demands of staying on point with the technique of the era.

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Opera Review: An up-lifting ‘Fidelio’

Bob Brown, centraljersey.com, June 22, 2017

You have one more chance to catch the Princeton Festival production of Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” and that’s on June 25 at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Let me say, it’s a smashing production not to be missed.

The performances are uniformly excellent, with some outstanding arias by this stellar cast. Altogether, the brilliant staging, a fine orchestra, and visually arresting sets make for a most satisfying experience. If you’ve never seen “Fidelio,” you owe it to yourself to experience this. It’s just fabulous.

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Opera Review: ‘Fidelio’

Elaine Strauss, PrincetonInfo.com, U.S. 1 Newspaper, June 21, 2017

Anyone who has a conflicting engagement for 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, should seriously consider cancelling it in order to see the repeat of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” The Princeton Festival’s new production of Beethoven’s only opera is a splendid and seamlessly updated production.

Distinguished by their acting ability, as well as their vocal accomplishments, the performers are uniformly outstanding. Choruses of townspeople and prisoners add depth to the ensemble of individual voices.

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Princeton Festival Presents Mesmerizing Beethoven Opera

Nancy Plum, Town Topics, June 21, 2017

WORK AND RIGHTS: As the opera “Fidelio” opens with the Overture, we see how the nobleman Florestan (Noah Baetge, second from left holding the banner) was imprisoned for demonstrating with the workers for “trabajo y derechos.”

Florestan does not make an appearance until the second act, and most impressive in tenor Noah Baetge’s performance was his ability to start his vocal line as if from another room and quickly fill McCarter Theatre with sound. Mr. Baetge consistently imparted passion and fervor through his role, and matched Ms. Stonikas well in their final joyous duet.

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The Princeton Festival Marches Fidelio Into Town

Robin Birkel, Princeton Found, June 21, 2017

Joseph Barron (Don Pizarro)

U.S. protests have increased this year, making Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio very relevant in 2017 since it begins with a protest against injustice. Ultimately, it’s a story of love, freedom, hope, and justice. This opera goes beyond amusement. It makes a statement. Fidelio was part of a trend in the early 1800s to pen operas about women dressing as men to free their significant others from harm. The Princeton Festival offers a contemporary production directed by Steve LaCosse playing at McCarter Theatre. It also ties in nicely with the festival’s musical, Man of La Macha for the reason that both take place in a Spanish prison, which is quite clever of Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk.

“It’s significant, modern, relatable, and entertaining. This is a powerful production, not to be missed!”

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Princeton Festival presents Beethoven’s opera ‘Fidelio’: A Wonder Woman for all time

Linda Holt, Broad Street Review, June 19, 2017

There’s just one more performance remaining of Beethoven’s version of Wonder Woman, now playing at the annual Princeton Festival. I’m writing, of course, about Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio (libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner, later revised by Stephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke), which combines three of the composer’s favorite themes: victory over fascist oppression, the power of the eternal feminine, and the marriage of two equal partners united in high ideals and passionate love.

The two leads, Stonikas and Baetge, excel. In addition to her commanding voice, Stonikas lends a presence of dignity and conviction to her role, especially evident in the final scene in which she no longer must hide her identity. As for Baetge, it is impossible to imagine a better fit for this unusually challenging role. Florestan’s tenor voice must project some of the most stunning phrases in German opera while conveying that he is dying of starvation.

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Fidelio, by Ludwig van Beethoven – Performed by the Princeton Festival

Tobias Grace, June 19, 2017

Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, has had intense political connotations since its first performance in 1805. In order to discuss this work and appreciate a production of it, it is absolutely necessary to know something of its history. Ostensibly about the love of Leonora for her husband Florestan, a political prisoner, the opera is much more than that. In a larger sense it is a protest against fascist oppression and tyranny.

There were no less-than-superb performances by any of the cast. Danielle Talamantes as Marzelline, Rocco’s daughter and Joseph Barron as Don Pizarro were excellent. Michael Kuhn as Jacquino was entertaining indeed and Cameron Jackson was impressive as the prime minister who comes at last to restore justice.

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STAGE REVIEW: The Princeton Festival’s ‘Man of La Mancha’

Anthony Stoeckert, centraljersey.com, June 16, 2017

Jesse Malgieri as Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana, Sandra Marante as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (photo by Jessi Franko)

“I don’t know what it is with me and “Man of La Mancha,” but it just doesn’t get to me. Here’s a show about a dreamer who keeps dreaming despite the dreariness of the world around him, and who convinces a woman who’s given up on life to believe in herself. It’s the kind of story I get choked up over just thinking about, and it has some terrific music. But I’ve seen two versions of this legendary musical now and I’ve been unaffected both times.”

“I can’t imagine having many opportunities to see performers so good in such an intimate setting.”

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Princeton Festival Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’

Neal Zoren, PrincetonInfo.com, U.S. 1 Newspaper, June 14, 2017

Voices propel The Princeton Festival’s straightforwardly solid staging of “Man of La Mancha” into an expressive, engaging show that make you eager for the places in Miguel de Cervantes’s timeless story of Don Quixote when characters burst into song.

Michael Dean Morgan’s handsome production plays more like an opera than a Tony-winning piece of musical theater. Book scenes by Dale Wasserman are executed well, but the flash comes when a universal cast of glorious singers beautifully perform Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion’s potential trap of a score.

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The Princeton Festival is Not Just Dreaming of Man of La Mancha

R. Birkel, Princeton Found, June 14, 2017

To dream the impossible dream, the first line in the main song of Man of La Mancha is something in which many of us are guilty. When we reach too high for the stars, we set ourselves up for disappointment. It’s inspiring and devastating. The Princeton Festival brings Man of La Mancha to the Lewis Center for the Arts in the Matthews Acting Studio at Princeton University. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical by Dale Wasserman is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ play Don Quixote.

Jordan Bunshaft is sheer perfection as Sancho Panza, the manservant. Bunshaft really brings the comedy relief. His gestures and facial expressions will keep you entertained throughout the performance. He steals a few scenes with his effervescent personality.

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The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”; Cervantes Becomes Don Quixote in the Broadway Musical

Donald H. Sanborn III, Town Topics, June 14, 2017

The Princeton Festival is presenting Man of La Mancha in the Matthews Acting Studio at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The auditorium becomes a dungeon in which Cervantes awaits trial by the Spanish Inquisition. A playwright and actor, he entertains the other prisoners — and the audience — by becoming Don Quixote, his creation. There is nothing quixotic about this beautiful production, which makes effective use of the intimate space.

The score is given a strong performance by actors who palpably enjoy the material. This first-rate production ensures that the audience, like the prisoners, will enjoy being drawn in by the tale.

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‘La Mancha’ at Princeton Festival: Great songs, voices, message

John Timpane, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 13, 2017Jesse Malgieri as Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana, Sandra Marante as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (photo by Jessi Franko)

After Saturday’s opening night of Man of La Mancha at the Princeton Festival, artistic director Richard Tang Yuk stood in a crowded hallway and introduced the cast. “Looking at the rest of the run,” he said, “I think there’s about five or six seats left, so if any of your friends want to see it, they had better call soon.

The musical rests on the shoulders of Jesse Malgieri as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Sandra Marante as Aldonza, and Jordan Bunshaft as Sancho Panza. All three are really good. Malgieri and Marante startled with their first notes, their voices transcending the space. Malgieri renders Quixote as visionary, confident, focused.

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The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”

Toby Grace, Out in Jersey, June 12, 2017

The June 10th opening night of this perennial favorite fully lived up to the high standards we have come to expect from the Princeton Festival. Based on the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, “Don Quixote,” written around 1605, the story of the would-be elderly knight and his irrepressible efforts to see the world as he thinks it should be rather than as it is tells us to never surrender the hope that our dreams may be made real.

“Jesse Malgieri and Jordan Bunshaft as Don Quixote and his faithful companion, Sancho Panza were absolutely magnificent. Mr. Malgieri looked, acted and sang the part to perfection.”

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Princeton Festival Begins With Solid Performance of Concordia Chamber Players

Nancy Plum, Town Topics, June 7, 2017

“With last Saturday night’s concert by Concordia Chamber Players, this year’s Princeton Festival is off and running. The Concordia ensemble brought only four instrumentalists to this opening concert of Princeton Festival’s 2017 season, but violinist Emily Daggett Smith, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Michelle Djokic, and pianist William Wolfram filled Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel with a full orchestral-level sound in music both Romantic and contemporary.”

“Princeton Festival’s offerings this year range from opera to Broadway to jazz, with lectures, movies, and dance in between. Concordia Chamber Players’ opening concert started the Festival off well, and has paved the way for a month of varied and exciting music.”

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Glen Mills Resident Tops Elementary Division at Competition for Young Pianists

Mark Hostutler, pivot.today, July 7, 2017

The talent of an aspiring pianist from Glen Mills was music to the ears of judges in the annual Competition for Young Pianists during The Princeton Festival.

Elijah Yoon of Glen Mills was named one of six winners from a field of more than 100 competitors, according to a Town Topics report. He played at the top of the elementary division for young pianists ages 6 to 9.

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Princeton Festival piano competition winners

centraljersey.com, June 28, 2017

On June 11, six young pianists were declared winners in The Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Pianists. The annual event was held at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School.

The competition began with more than 100 participants competing in six categories, each playing a selection from a list of assigned pieces. After the preliminary rounds on June 3 and 4, adjudicators Elena Lisitsian and Eun H. Yun sent winners of the preliminaries on to the final round of the competition on June 11.

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Winners Named In Princeton Festival’s Annual Young Pianist Competition

Anthony Bellano, Princeton Patch, June 26, 2017

Six young pianists emerged victorious from a field of 100 participants competing in six categories at the Princeton Festival.

The participants played a selection from a list of assigned pieces during the Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Pianists at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School.

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Theater: New and Noteworthy

philly.com, June 25, 2017

Man of La Mancha (Princeton Festival). An intimate, spare, and effective account of the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, with folks can really sing. Ends Sunday.

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BalletX Marks Contemporary Spot at Festival

Mary Pat Robertson, PrincetonInfo.com, U.S. 1 Newspaper, June 21, 2017

BalletX, Philadelphia’s leading contemporary dance company, will fill McCarter Theater with the music of Amy Winehouse when the company performs on Saturday, June 24, at 8 p.m. as part of the Princeton Festival.

Boasting 50 premieres by living choreographers since its birth in 2005, the company’s McCarter program features three works in a classic mix: one by established contemporary choreographer Trey McIntyre, another by company member Colby Damon, and one by company co-founder Matthew Neenan.

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Princeton Festival Set For Packed Final Week

Anthony Bellano, Lawrenceville Patch, June 16, 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly over already. The Princeton Festival closes its 2017 season with a week of performances across a diverse range of performing arts genres.

Included are the second and final performance of Beethoven’s dramatic opera “Fidelio;” a concert by the Festival’s original-instrument Baroque orchestra; choral music of the Baroque period accompanied by the orchestra; a dazzling ballet troupe in contemporary works; and five sold-out performances of this year’s musical.

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Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, June 16-18

Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton, June 16, 2017

Saturday, June 17th
Baroque Chamber Concert, The Princeton Festival – The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra debuted in 2015 to wide acclaim and packed the halls in 2016. This year a Baroque chamber concert has been added featuring the principal players for a more drawing room-like experience. Hear music of the 18th century and earlier played on instruments of that time. 4 p.m., Princeton Abbey, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton. $25 – $35

Sunday, June 18
Fidelio, The Princeton Festival – Ludwig van Beethoven had long wanted to write operas. He wrote only one — but what an opera it is. Fidelio matches a stirring tale of conjugal love, personal heroism, and the overthrow of tyranny with some of the most glorious and moving music ever composed for the stage. 3 p.m., Matthews Theater at McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Pl., Princeton. $35.00 – $140.00

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Festival Orchestra Is One Musical Dream Come True

Ross Amico, PrincetonInfo.com, U.S. 1 Newspaper, June 14, 2017

Perhaps few would have suspected from its modest origins in 2005 that the currently running Princeton Festival would blossom into the 24-event, multi-genre attraction it has become. The festival’s trajectory, while operating within the orbit of financial reality, has always followed a kind of dream logic. What, at the start, consisted of a musical theater production and a chamber music concert has expanded to encompass opera, jazz, dance, choral music, film, and a piano competition.

“We have so many ideas, more ideas than we have money to implement,” says Tang Yuk of his future dreams for the festival. “Every time we diversify and we add something different to the line-up, we attract new patrons, new ticket-buyers. That’s kind of our strategy. It’s also what we envisioned from the beginning, that the festival would be something that would have different performances that would appeal to many different sectors of the community.”

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Peter Martin Trio To Make New Jersey Debut At Princeton Festival

Anthony Bellano, Princeton Patch, June 12, 2017

Several of the brightest lights of this season’s Princeton Festival shine in Week Three. This includes Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio,” more performances in the hit run of “Man of La Mancha,” the first New Jersey appearance by the acclaimed jazz masters the Peter Martin Trio, the return of the popular Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra, and three free lectures.

There will be two performances of Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” on Sunday, June 18, and Sunday, June 25, both at 3 p.m. in the McCarter Theatre. This masterpiece of music with its uplifting message of justice, loyalty, heroism, and conjugal love features Metropolitan Opera artist Noah Baetge as Florestan and Marcy Stonikas. Stonikas has sung her role twice at the Vienna Volksoper, as his wife Leonore.

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Princeton Festival: enriching community through the arts

Emily Wang, The Tower, June 9, 2017

Established in 2005, the Princeton Festival aims to promote the enrichment of the arts in the Princeton community, with events such as operas, choral concerts, and others. Having received the Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2013, it is a renowned arts festival in New Jersey. The program also tries to educate people in the arts, and holds free lecture sessions introducing each of its events prior to their occurrence.

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Hot shows on summer’s dance sceneBalletX performs Big Ones (cropped)

Ellen Dunkel, philly.com via @ReporterBMakin, June 8, 2017

BalletX (June 24, McCarter Theatre). The Philadelphia company makes its debut at the Princeton Festival in New Jersey, bringing works by company cofounder Matthew Neenan, who has been gaining national prominence, as well as Trey McIntyre and Jorma Elo.

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Central Jersey weekend best bets

Bob Makin, myCentralJersey.com via @ReporterBMakin, June 8, 2017

Disney In Concert: Around the World,” June 9
The Princeton Festival will present a multimedia pops concert that will appeal to movie-goers of all ages with favorite songs from great Disney films. “Disney in Concert: Around the World” combines live music by the Festival Pops Orchestra with scenes from films shown on a big screen, including “The Little Mermaid,” “Pocahontas,” “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Frozen,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lion King.”

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Things To Do This Weekend, June 8-11

Alyssa Wilson & Taryn Pire, New Jersey Family, June 8, 2017

Princeton Festival, Friday, June 9: Disney in Concert – Around the World
The family will love this event that combines Disney and the orchestra at Princeton University. Music from The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lion King will be played along with digital scenes from the movies.

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The next Spoleto? Princeton Festival brings top performances to Central Jersey

Natalie Pompilio, nj.com (Newark Star Ledger/Trenton Times), June 6, 2017

The Princeton Festival launched its 13th season this month, bringing multiple performances and a dozen free talks and special events to the area throughout June. On this year’s schedule, which runs through June 25: full productions of the Tony Award-winning musical “Man of La Mancha”; two showings of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio”; the Princeton Pops Orchestra performing Disney classics; and an original show by the contemporary ballet company BalletX.

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Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, Summer Jam, more

Jay Lustig, njart.net, June 6, 2017

As part of this year’s Princeton Festival, the Princeton Festival Pops Orchestra will present a concert titled “Disney in Concert: Around the World,” June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. The orchestra, conducted by Brian Eads, will play songs from “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pocahontas,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and “The Lion King” as the appropriate scenes from the films are shown on a big screen.

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Setting the Stage for Summer: A preview of what area theaters have in store this season

Anthony Stoeckert, centraljersey.com, June 5, 2017

The Princeton Festival takes place in June and offers various live performances, including an opera and musical theater presentation. This year’s opera, Beethoven’s “Fidelio” is being performed at McCarter Theatre, June 18 and 25. For this year’s musical, the festival is presenting “Man of La Mancha” at the Matthews Acting Studio in Princeton, June 10-25.

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Your 2017 Classical Music Summer Festival Guide

WQXR Blog, June 3, 2017

Turn your attention south, to New Jersey, and journey to the 2017 Piano Competition Finals. Or, to see the Princeton Pops provide musical accompaniment to some of your favorite Disney Films. A mid-June production of Beethoven’s Fidelio is also sure to delight as well as inspire.

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Second Week of the Princeton Festival brings “Man of La Mancha,” a Piano Competition for Young Artists and Free Events

Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven, June 1, 2017

Princeton Festival moves into its second week with a number of season highlights, including the multi-media event of a full orchestra playing popular Disney songs along with scenes from the movies; the opening of the musical Man of La Mancha; the finals of a competition for young pianists; and outstanding free lectures.

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Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, June 2-4

Krystal Knapp, planetprinceton.com, June 2, 2017

Saturday, June 3:
The Princeton Festival presents Concordia Chamber Players – The brightest talents of the chamber music world come together to perform as members of the Concordia Chamber Players. Individually they enjoy active careers as soloists and chamber musicians at major chamber music festivals. 7:30 pm, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Merer Street, Princeton. $15 – $45. More information.

Sunday, June 4:
QUARTET: Film & Performance, The Princeton Festival – Get in the mood for The Princeton Festival’s June 2017 season with a sweet and entertaining film about retired opera singers who continue to perform and educate well into their Act III years. 4 p.m., Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton. $15. More information.

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Princeton Festival features Beethoven’s lone opera

Carlton Wilkinson, app.com, June 1, 2017

It is easy to imagine Ludwig van Beethoven getting the inspiration for his music directly from God. Many writers have observed that music just seemed to flow out of him.

But that divine-inspiration view overlooks the sheer amount of hard work and seemingly endless revision that went into the creation of any one of the pieces we now think of as masterworks – revered as some of the greatest musical expressions of humanity.

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Princeton Festival to perform Fidelio

OperaMetro.com, June 1, 2017

The Princeton Festival 2017 offers two performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, this June. OperaMetro (OM) had the great privilege of again discussing this opera, the production, his artists, and life in general first with Richard Tang Yuk (RTY), who will conduct both performances, I’d say probably the busiest man on the planet right now. We’re doing the brief walk and talk here on the beautiful Princeton University campus. Stage rehearsal in ten minutes. But then later, as he hurries off, I finally meet up with Marcy Stonikas, who sings the title role of Fidelio (aka Leonore) in this production.

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Princeton Festival’s Second Week To Include First Ever Festival Pops Concert

Anthony Bellano, patch.com, June 1, 2017

The finals of a young pianist competition will be held and the musical “Man of La Mancha” will open.
The second week of the Princeton Festival begins Friday. This week’s events include the multi-media event of a full orchestra playing popular Disney songs along with scenes from the movies; the opening of the musical “Man of La Mancha;” the finals of a competition for young pianists; and outstanding free lectures.

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What’s Happening

Robin Bloom, networks.org, May 31, 2017
Jesse Malgieri as Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana, Sandra Marante as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (photo by Jessi Franko)

The Princeton Festival returns June 3-25 with performances in a variety of musical genres including opera, musical theatre, chamber music, piano, vocal concerts, and more as well as a performance by the Peter Martin Trio, BalletX, “Quartet” movie and performance, and “Man of La Mancha” (pictured), at various locations in the Princeton, New Jersey area. Photo courtesy of the Princeton Festival.

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The Princeton Festival is ready for a month of opera, theater, jazz, chamber music and more

Anthony Stoeckert, centraljersey.com, May 30, 2017

Ludwig van Beethoven is renown as one of the greatest composers of all time, based on his sonatas, concertos, and a symphony or two you might be familiar with. But with all of his accomplishments, Beethoven wrote just one opera. That opera is “Fidelio,” which premiered in 1805 and will be presented as part of this year’s Princeton Festival when it is performed at McCarter Theatre, June 18 and 25. The festival also will offer musical theater, chamber music, a pops concert, jazz, dance and more, June 3-25.

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Princeton Festival kicks off season on June 3

Krystal Knapp, planetprinceton.com, May 18, 2017

The Princeton Festival kicks off its 13th season on June 3. This season the festival will feature a broad range of offerings, from Baroque concerts played on period instruments to contemporary ballet to a concert of music from Disney movies.

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2017 Princeton Festival Guild Artists Round Table

Town Topics, May 17, 2017

The Princeton Festival Guild will present the Artists Round Table on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Scheide Hall. Opera artists, production staff, and others from The Princeton Festival’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio will share their personal experiences with the audience during an interactive forum. Hear the pleasures and perils faced both on stage and off as the artists bring the opera to life for its opening performance. The Artists Round Table offers a rare opportunity to meet the artists up close and hear in their own voice how they develop their roles, interpretations, and insights.

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Live Performance To Accompany Princeton Festival Discussion Of ‘Quartet’ June 4

Anthony Bellano, Princeton Patch, May 16, 2017

An event at the upcoming Princeton Festival will combine the 2012 Dustin Hoffman film “Quartet” with great singing in an effort to expand the enjoyment of both art forms for all in attendance. The film stars Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay among other well-known actors.

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In the Spotlight

where & when, June 2017

June 3-25: The Princeton Festival, a nonprofit focused on highlighting the performing arts community, celebrates its 13th season with free lectures and 22 performances in musical comedy, opera, jazz, film and dance throughout the month. Times and prices vary. princetonfestival.org

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Disney In Concert Comes To The Princeton Festival June 9

Anthony Bellano, Princeton Patch, May 8, 2017

The Festival Pops Orchestra will perform Disney songs in concert with the original scenes from the movies.

Disney songs are infectious. Anyone who’s heard “Let it Go” or “You’re Welcome” will readily admit that those songs have been stuck in their head for the past few months/years. On Friday, June 9 The Princeton Festival is looking to imprint one song after another on your brain.

That night, the festival presents a multi-media pops concert that hits all the great Disney songs from over the years. “Disney in Concert: Around the World” combines live music by the Festival Pops Orchestra with scenes from the films shown on the big screen.

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Discover a world of artists at Communiversity

Communiversity ArtsFest is a celebration of all things Princeton, and among the things that help make the town special are the groups and non-profit organizations whose goals are to bring art, entertainment and culture to the area. And for those organizations, Communiversity can be an opportunity to spread the word about what they do, and, when time permits on such a busy day, communicate with other groups in the area.

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Family Film: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

planetprinceton.com, Princeton Public Library, May 7, 2017, 2.00 pm – 3:30 pm

“Beethoven Lives Upstairs” is a Canadian 1992 HBO Original Films TV movie produced and directed by David Devine. Based on a popular children’s audio recording written and directed by Barbara Nichol, the film stars Illya Woloshyn as Christoph, a young boy who develops a friendship with composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Neil Munro), a boarder in the boy’s parents’ house. The movie was shot in Prague in the Czech Republic and has been broadcast in over 110 countries in numerous languages. The film won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program in 1993. A family friendly movie for ages 6 and up. Running time: 52 minutes.
Presented by The Princeton Festival Guild, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, in advance of The Princeton Festival’s June 18 & 25 production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio.

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Princeton Festival Gala slated for April 22

Rich Cuccagna, NJ.com, April 17, 2017; Times of Trenton, April 20, 2017

General & Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk

General & Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk

This year’s Princeton Festival Gala will go beyond its usual helping of fun, good food, dancing, and auctions to include a demonstration of the new Steinway Spirio piano, a breakthrough in technology that accurately recreates live performances in the listener’s own living room. The gala takes place on Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville. Cocktails-only and full dinner reservations can be made at http://princetonfestival.org/event/2017-gala/ until April 20.

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