Articles & Reviews

Click on publication names below to read representative articles about and reviews of our 2020 season. An excerpt from each article is provided to help you choose. The most recent items appear first; new ones will be posted here as they appear.

CentralJersey.com

June 12, 2020. “Virtually Yours,” the free online performing arts series from The Princeton Festival, will be available at www.princetonfestival.org or its Facebook page from the day they launch through the end of June. Most streams begin at 9 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

OperaWire

June 10, 2020. Princeton Opera to Stream Online Panel, ‘Peter Grimes’ As Part of ‘Virtually Yours’ Season – The Princeton Festival has announced that it will be presenting a unique public online panel as it launches its “Virtually Yours” online season. The panel, which will bring together leaders of several arts organizations, will center on how COVID-19 has impacted their organization and how they plan to manage the upcoming challenges coming their way.

Princeton/Mercer Chamber of Commerce

June 10, 2020. As part of the Princeton Festival’s free “Virtually Yours” season of online performances, leaders of seven Greater Princeton-area arts organizations will meet in a public online panel discussion on Tuesday, June 16 at 1pm to talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their organizations and how they are planning ahead in the face of so much uncertainty. Viewers will be able to type questions to the panel.

The Festival also announced that it will stream a video of its highly acclaimed 2016 production of Benjamin Britten’s 1945 operatic masterpiece, Peter Grimes

Princeton Magazine

June, 2020. WWFM Broadcasts Princeton Festival Performances – Each Friday in June, WWFM “The Classical Network” will be broadcasting a select performance from the 2018 and 2019 seasons of The Princeton Festival. Tune in at 8 p.m. to hear outstanding music-making from celebrated featured performers

US 1/Princetoninfo.com

June 10, 2020. This year’s Summer Arts Preview reflects the strange season brought on by the pandemic and its effective containment through social distancing…. The Princeton Festival has already launched its “Virtually Yours” series that continues to the end of June. Reflecting the Princeton Festival’s wide and varied offerings, the virtual presentations include full-length streaming of past festival opera productions, a live musical theater revue, artist videos, recordings, online workshops, and lectures.

Community News

May 30, 2020. Like nearly all purveyors of arts and culture, the Princeton Festival has been forced to consider an existential question: How does one put on a series of live performances if venues must be empty?

The Princeton Festival’s answer is a new digital performance series called “Virtually Yours,” which starts Monday, June 1 and will run throughout the month of June.

Princeton Packet/centraljersey.com

May 30, 2020. “Princeton Festival to launch online ‘Virtually Yours’ free events every day in June.P

The New Jersey Monthly

June, 2020. “The Princeton Festival has announced ‘Virtually Yours,’ a free online festival of live and recorded performances of instrumental and vocal music, musical theater, opera, and poetry, plus educational presentations.”

WWFM and www.wwfm.org

May 27, 2020. Rachel Katz, host of “On a Positive Note,” interviews Executive and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk about “Virtually Yours” (audio capture of radio broadcast).

Princeton/Mercer Chamber of Commerce

May 27, 2020. “’Virtually Yours,’ the free online performing arts series from The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org), will offer a song from The Sound of Music featuring Festival artists, a podcast interview, a talk on opera, two recordings of concerts from 2013 and 2019, and a streamed video of its hit 2018 production of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly during its first week (June 1-7).”

U.S. 1/PrincetonInfo.com

May 27, 2020. “Creativity Isn’t Canceled…. Recordings being released during the first week include Princeton Festival artists singing “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music on Monday, June 1; a signature artist showcase on Tuesday, June 2; a podcast on “Women in Music” with Carmen-Helena Téllez, professor of conducting at the University of Notre Dame, on Wednesday, June 3; and “Why We Love Opera,” a lecture by Rider music professor Tim Urban on Thursday, June 4.”

NJ Arts Maven

May 26, 2020. “‘Virtually Yours’ [is] another way to bring the inspiration of the performing arts to our community,” said Richard Tang Yuk, Executive and Artistic Director.

PrincetonFound.com

May 21, 2020, by Robin Birkel. The Princeton Festival will save you from the usual streaming content this summer, by offering a free online performance series during the month of June… Whether you have missed recent opera productions or are excited to revisit one or more, this will be your opportunity to catch Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, John Adams’ Nixon in China, and Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in their entirety (click the links for previous reviews).” 

OperaWire

May 21, 2020, by David Salazar. “Additionally, there will be an opera workshop with Kyle Masson scheduled for June 9 as well as a lecture, “Why We Love Opera” by Professor Timothy Urban on June 4. Finally, a podcast series will cover such topics as “Women in Music” and “Costuming of Operas and Musicals;” the series will also feature soprano Sylvia McNair in an episode entitled “An International Career.”

Town Topics

May 20, 2020. Interview with Richard Tang Yuk by Anne Levin. “Of the various rosters of virtual events currently offered by local arts organizations, the Princeton Festival’s is among the most ambitious. The recently released schedule … covers the month of June…. ‘Our patrons are used to this time period,’ said Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk in a phone call from his native Trinidad, where he has been sheltering since March. ‘I thought, rather than spread this out over several months, why don’t we just try to curate something and do it during the time people are used to seeing us?’