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Princeton Festival Season Opens June 9

New Jersey Footlights, njfootlights.net, May 24, 2018

Princeton Festival Season Opens June 9; Schedule Includes Madama Butterfly, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Quintet, Baroque Orchestra. Free Lectures, Previews, Special Events, Poetry Reading Also Offered.

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Fun in the Summertime

Laurie Pellichero, Princeton Magazine, May Issue, 2018

Running June 9 – July 1, The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org) offers Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, a Baroque orchestra, chamber and choral music, the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and a jazz concert at venues in and around Princeton. The piano competition is always a highlight, and free extras include over a dozen workshops and lectures to boost your musical knowledge.

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Princeton Festival Season Opens June 9

PrincetonOnline, princetonol.com, May 22, 2018

The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org) kicks off its 14th season on June 9 with a slate of eight events in 21 performances, including Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Quintet, and concerts of Baroque, choral, and chamber music.

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Yulia Lysenko

Yulia Lysenko

Yulia Lysenko stars in Princeton’s Madama Butterfly

Operametro.com, May 18, 2018

OperaMetro (OM) had the privilege of chatting with Ms. Yulia Lysenko (YL), who stars in the Princeton Festival’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly this summer. How I would love to be doing this interview with Yulia in person, strolling on the walkways under the shade of the great trees on the Princeton University campus, but, alas, our schedules didn’t permit it and, what’s more, it seems to have been raining, cold and damp since 2016, maybe longer. Outside wouldn’t work anyway.

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Director and Chair of Princeton Festival Thank All Who Made the Gala a Success

Board members with Gov. Murphy

Board members with Gov. Murphy (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Richard Tang Yuk & Costa Papastephanou, Town Topics, May 16, 2018

We would like to thank all of those who made the 14th Annual Princeton Festival Gala on April 21 such an enjoyable and successful event. The Gala helps support our 2018 season of performing arts presentations, from opera to jazz to Broadway, and our free community educational programs, which this year include four workshops and over a dozen lectures and presentations (www.princtonfestival.org has all the details and ticket information).

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Opera Stars, Production Staff to Share Stories, Experiences at 2018 Princeton Festival Guild Artists’ Round Table

New Jersey Stage, May 16, 2018

Performers and production crew from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, this year’s Princeton Festival opera, will share their personal experiences with the public during the annual Princeton Festival Guild Artists’ Round Table on Wednesday May 30 at 6:30pm in the Cooper Conference Room of the Erdman Center for Continuing Education, Princeton Theological Seminary (20 Library Place, Princeton, NJ).

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Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

David Fox, TimeOut Philadelphia, May 12, 2018

This year an opera, Puccini’s heartrending and gorgeous classic, serves as the centerpiece of the wide-ranging and often terrific Princeton Festival. Judging from the fest’s past successes, the production will be impressive, the voices (often young singers starting their careers) beautiful and the orchestra high-caliber.

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A Supporter of the Princeton Festival Sounds a Fanfare for This Year’s Event

Norman Harvey, Town Topics, May 9, 2018

As a supporter of the Princeton Festival, I wish to compliment the gala committee which organized the ”Fanfare for the Festival” on April 21. It was a splendid affair, celebrating the upcoming 14th season. Excellent hors d’oeuvres and dinner were provided. Entertainment included singers from this summer’s musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and opera, Madama Butterfly.

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Free Interactive Workshop – Intro to Opera

PrincetonOnline, princetonol.com, May 9, 2018

Events for Wednesday June 6, 2018:
Registration is now open for The Princeton Festival’s popular Music That Tells a Story, a free introduction to opera that includes an interactive workshop led by professional singer and educator Dr. Rochelle Ellis plus admission to a fully-staged performance of the Puccini favorite Madama Butterfly.

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May Programs at Princeton Public Library

PrincetonOnline, princetonol.com, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Denis Feeney, the Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University, presents the opening lecture of the 2018 Princeton Festival. The lecture will concentrate on how Plautus anticipates modern musical comedy, as in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which is based primarily on Plautus’ masterpiece, “Pseudolus.” (Community Room).

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The Princeton Festival Offers Two New Free Performing Arts Workshops for High School and College Students

New Jersey Stage, newjerseystage.com, May 3, 2018

Registration is now open for The Princeton Festival’s new interactive workshops on opera and musical theater. Sponsored by The Princeton Festival Guild, these free programs pull back the curtain to provide unique insight on the behind-the-scenes process in an intimate setting. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

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Princeton Festival Gala

PrincetonInfo.com (from U.S. 1 Newspaper), May 2, 2018

There’s still a month to go before this year’s Princeton Festival gets underway with its eclectic combination of opera, musical theater, and chamber music, and jazz. But the music is already reverberating for the organization, which held its annual gala at the newly reconfigured Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Lawrenceville.

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N.J. spring festivals guide: 77 events coming in 2018

Amy Kuperinsky, NJ.com, April 20, 2018

June 9-July 1: The Princeton Festival
Would you appreciate a baroque orchestra? How about an opera, or some musical theater? The Princeton Festival is an extravaganza of the arts, with “Madama Butterfly” on June 16 and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on June 10; princetonfestival.org

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