Richard Tang Yuk
Richard Tang Yuk, Executive and Artistic Director of The Princeton Festival, is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) and holds degrees in conducting from the Mannes College of Music, New York, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
With over 34 years of experience in opera and choral music, Dr. Tang Yuk has overseen expansion of artistic programming at The Princeton Festival since its inception and is at the core of its creative planning and vision. The Princeton Festival offers professional performances in opera, musical theater, dance, chamber music, vocal and instrumental jazz, world music, recitals, an annual piano competition, a conducting master class, and a lecture series at various venues in and around Princeton, New Jersey.
For The Princeton Festival he has conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Handel’s Ariodante, and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Grimes, among several others. He also conducted Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for the Opera Festival of New Jersey; Handel’s Hercules for the American Handel Society; Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Die Zauberflöte, and Beethoven’s Fidelio for the Princeton University Opera Theatre; and Handel’s Messiah for the National Choral Council at Lincoln Center, New York. He will conduct Puccini’s Madama Butterfly this season.
Oratorio credits include J.S. Bach’s Matthäus Passion, Johannes Passion, and B minor Mass; Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten and The Creation; Honegger’s Le Roi David; Mendellsohn’s Elijah; Orff’s Carmina Burana; and the requiems of Duruflé, Brahms, Mozart, and Schütz.
In the realm of academia, Dr. Tang Yuk has served on the music faculties of Princeton University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently on faculty at the Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, NJ.
He has appeared as conductor with several orchestras including The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Richardson Chamber Players, the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, The Princeton Festival Orchestra, and the Princeton University Orchestra.
He was Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Trinidad and resident Conductor for Trinidad Opera Company before coming to the United States. He is of Chinese descent and from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.