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2019 Performances

In celebration of our 15th anniversary, we are redesigning our website and plan the “big reveal” in early 2019! In the meantime, here’s an overview of the performances and dates for June 2019, with links to the event pages for more detail. OPERA | Nixon in China Musical Theater | She Loves Me PIANO COMPETITION […]

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Auditions for June 2019 Season

Interested in auditioning for our 2019 productions to be performed next June? Please click below to read more about the following auditions:   Musical:  She Loves Me Auditions – New York City, February 2019   Opera:  Nixon in China Chorus auditions – Princeton NJ, January 12 & 13, 2019   Baroque Chorus Auditions – Princeton NJ, January […]

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2019 Piano Competition

2019 Piano Competition open for registration

Our popular piano competition attracts entrants each year from both the Greater Princeton area and from the broader tri-state area and even internationally. Six categories provide multiple opportunities to perform for adjudicators and receive written comments. But that’s not all … there are cash prizes, too! Elementary Artists (ages 6-9): Certificate, challenge trophy, and cash […]

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Come party with us on Saturday 10/27

Overture to the 15th Anniversary Live Entertainment, Libations & Light Hors d’oeuvres   Saturday, October 27th from 4-6 pm The Hopewell Castle Hopewell, NJ Tickets:  $250 | $150 | $75  (all but $35 tax-deductible) RSVP deadline:  October 17th Please join us at our popular annual fall party and be the first to hear about our […]

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Congratulations to the 2018 Piano Competition Winners

After an afternoon of brilliant and inspirational playing on June 17th, we congratulate these winners of our 2018 Piano Competition – Elementary Artists (ages 6-9) – Maxim Krueger of Philadelphia, PA, student of Elena Jivaeva Intermediate Artists (ages 10-12) – Andrew Yu of Bala Cynwyd, PA, student of Anna Kislitsyna Junior Artists (ages 13-15) – […]

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(from left) Patrick James as Senex, Michael Caizzi as Pseudolus, Michael Bartkiewicz as Hysterium, Jordan Bunshaft as Lycus (photo by Jessi Franko Designs LLC)

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” reviews starting to come in …

Photo by Jessi Franko Designs LLC … and the critics, not just the audience, love it!   John Timpane says in the Philadelphia Inquirer: There are two keys to a good production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Key 1: a good Pseudolus, wily slave and emcee, master clown, fine […]

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Ticket Watch: What’s sold out?

Don’t delay in buying your tickets! Many performances of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum have already sold out and Preferred Seating for our chamber and Baroque concerts usually sell out before General Seating. Check this page for ticket availability to help you plan your schedule but the moral of the […]

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Piano Competition Finalists

Congratulations to the following contestants who advance to the final round on Sunday, June 17 at 3:00 pm – Elementary Artists (ages 6-9) E2 – Maxim Krueger E7 – Clara Chen E12 – Elie Kuan Intermediate Artists (ages 10-12) I37 – Eric Wang I39 – Lili Masoudi I40 – Andrew Yu Junior Artists (ages 13-15) […]

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Yulia Lysenko

Opera Metro interviews Yulia Lysenko, our Cio-Cio-San

OperaMetro.com, “the destination for opera lovers” online, just published a lovely interview with soprano Yulia Lysenko, who will sing the title role in our June production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Our opera cast arrives in Princeton this weekend … and we can’t wait! » Read the interview

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Explore the wine and food of Southern Italy!

An event first made available at our 2018 Gala Auction has now expanded to accommodate additional guests. Taste five different Southern Italian wines, paired with food prepared by Jim Pachence of Serious Foodie, at the private home of a Princeton Festival Board Member. Saturday, September 29, 2018 $125 per person (all proceeds go to supporting […]

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Mark your calendars for WWFM broadcasts of 2017 Concerts – 5/20, 5/25, 6/8 & 6/15

You can relive our 2017 season by listening to these broadcasts on WWFM: Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm – Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, including conversations with the artists Hosted by Glenn Smith, the broadcast will also include excerpts from the 2017 Artist’s Round Table conversation. This year’s production of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly will be […]

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Board members with Gov. Murphy

Gov. Murphy drops in on our Gala – plus photos from the evening

(from left: Board Chair Costa Papastephanou, NJ Governor Phil Murphy, trustee Benedikt von Schroder, General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk)   We were honored to have New Jersey Governor Murphy join us for Saturday’s gala— a magical night of singing, dancing, and fluttering fans! Thank you to all our guests and our gala committee […]

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Watch for our 2018 Season Guide in your mailbox!

You’ll want to save our 2018 Season Guide to refer to as our 21 June performances approach, or view the guide below. Do mark your calendars for the free lectures that begin in late May!

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Marion O'Connor

Founding Trustee Marion O’Connor

Marion O’Connor passed away on March 14th, 2018. Mrs. O’Connor was a founding trustee of The Princeton Festival and was part of a small seminal group of music lovers that designed, created and launched the Festival in the Fall of 2004. Her wisdom, experience, and diplomacy were an inspiration to all. Her generosity as a […]

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Tickets now available

[3/10/2018] eNews readers were notified this morning that tickets for our June 2018 season are now available for purchase! If you’re not receiving our eNews, read the announcement here and sign up for the eNews here. Tickets are available online, by phone at 609.258.2787, and in person through the McCarter Ticket Office. Details on discounts, Ticket Office hours […]

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Advertise With Us!

Advertise in our program book starting at 1¢ per book

Every June we distribute nearly 5,000 copies of our program book to a broad local audience with interests and discretionary income attractive to local businesses. Our rates range from $50 for one-line business listings to $600 for an interior full-page ad. Our most popular sizes are ¼ page vertical (2.375” W x 3.875” H) for […]

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Announcing our 2018 Piano Competition

We’re pleased to announce the 2018 details of our popular Piano Competition – check out the repertoire and prizes here, then gather up your information (including short bio and proof of age) and apply here. Written comments of participants’ performances are sent after the preliminary rounds to the teachers, providing professional feedback from adjudicators who […]

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Princeton Festival Artistic Director to adjudicate the 2018 Trinidad & Tobago Music Festival

Richard Tang Yuk is a proud son of the southern Caribbean island of Trinidad and, as in 2012, he will immerse himself in the musical life of his homeland as the adjudicator of the National Championship round of their prestigious biennial country-wide national festival next March. Everyone gets involved in the Trinidad & Tobago Music […]

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Can you house an artist?

Every year dozens of artists come to Princeton to produce and perform in the Festival … and they all need a place to stay. If you have an extra room or two and are within 40 minutes of Princeton, you can help by becoming a Housing Host for a week, for a month, for their […]

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2017 Thank You

From Baroque to Disney, windmills to dungeons, our 2017 season was a blast

And we couldn’t have done it without you! It’s hard to believe that this year’s season has come to a close – 22 performances, 15 free educational events, rave reviews, and new faces everywhere. Whether you’re an event patron, a donor, a grantor, an artist, a volunteer, a Guild member, a housing host, an advertiser, […]

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It's a wrap!

What are the Fidelio critics saying?

Danielle Talamantes (Marzelline) & Michael Kuhn (Jaquino); photo by Jessi Franko Designs, LLC (L-R) Marcy Stonikas (Leonore/Fidelio), Noah Baetge (Florestan), Gustav Andreassen (Rocco), Cameron Jackson (Don Fernando), Joseph Barron (Don Pizarro); photo by Jessi Franko Designs, LLC   The reviews are in following our opening performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio on Sunday June 18th. We knew […]

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Sneak peek at Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

Watch this scene from the final dress rehearsal of The Princeton Festival’s 2017 production of Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” — magnificent music, stirring story, accomplished artists! Two performances only — Sunday 6/18/17 at 3 pm and Sunday 6/25/17 at 3 pm at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ. For more information, please visit princetonfestival.org or call 609.258.2787 for […]

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Jordan Bunshaft as Sancho Panza (photo by Jessi Franko Designs LLC)

What are the La Mancha critics saying?

We are thrilled that the critics have been lavishing praise on our production of Man of La Mancha. Those of you with the foresight to buy your tickets are in for a treat! Here’s what the critics are saying – “… this perennial favorite fully lived up to the high standards we have come to […]

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Piano Competition Winners

Congratulations, piano competition winners!

The final round of the Piano Competition held on Sunday June 11 was filled with virtuosity, expressiveness, and suspense. In the end, the following young artists prevailed in their class – Elementary Artists (ages 6-9) – Elijah Yoon of Glen Mills, PA, student of Natalie Zhu Intermediate Artists (ages 10-12) – no winner Junior Artists […]

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Set designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Free Opera Workshops filling up fast

The Princeton Festival Guild offers a free introduction to opera program for young people (middle school age and older) and the young at heart of all ages who are new to opera. This is a wonderful occasion for parent/child and grandparent/child participants to learn together! “Music that Tells a Story” combines a two-hour educational workshop about […]

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Piano Competition Finalists

Piano Competition Finalists

Congratulations to the following Piano Competition participants who now advance to the final round on Sunday, June 11th at 3pm – Elementary Artists (ages 6-9) – E9 – Sue Nishida E15 – Elijah Yoon E18 – Hannah Zou Intermediate Artists (ages 10-12) – I28 – Jiakun Huang I36 – Christopher Pan I39 – Ethan Song […]

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Mark your calendars for WWFM rebroadcasts of 2016 Concerts – 5/25, 5/30, 6/1, 6/5

Can’t wait for the 2017 season to begin? You can hear several of our 2016 concerts on WWFM in the next two weeks: Thursday, May 25th at 4 pm – Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra concert Tuesday, May 30th at 4 pm – Kristiaan Seynhave organ recital Thursday, June 1st at 4 pm – Concordia Chamber Players concert Monday, […]

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A-a-a-a-a-nd we’re off!

Rehearsals for Man of La Mancha have begun, the Fidelio cast arrives this weekend, and our 32-page program book has gone to the printer. Beethoven has visited us through film (Beethoven Lives Upstairs) and in person (a/k/a Dennis Kobray, a one-man living history show). Free lectures begin on May 25th and Fidelio artists and staff offer an Artists’ Round Table on […]

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Sneak peek at our 2017 Program Book

Our 2017 Program Book has gone to the printer! If you can’t wait until our first concerts to read the details on our 11 types of performances –  with 2 performances of the opera Fidelio and 11 performances of the musical Man of La Mancha – and well over a dozen lectures, films, and other […]

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Irving Kessler

Irving Kessler (1940-2017)

We are deeply saddened by the passing of The Princeton Festival’s longtime supporter and former Board member Irving Kessler on May 3rd. Irv was a music lover with a gentle manner of asking deep questions as a trustee from 2008 to 2014, and could always be counted on to lend a hand wherever needed. We […]

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Piano competition registration is now closed

Thank you to all who have registered for the 2017 Piano Competition and we look forward to hearing you play on June 3rd or 4th. You will be informed of your competition time in the next few weeks. If you have questions that are not answered on our Piano Competition webpage, please email [email protected]

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April 22nd Gala

“Lucky 13” was lucky indeed!

It would not be a Princeton Festival Gala without a conga line! What an incredible evening at the April 22nd Gala celebrating the Festival’s 13th season and honoring Founding Board Chair Helene Kulsrud. THANK YOU to the volunteers and staff who worked so tirelessly to make the evening a success. Look for additional event photos […]

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2017 Season Calendar

2017 Season Calendar

Here’s a “season at a glance” listing of all 2017 performances, lectures and special events for your convenience. Details are available through the Events tab at the top of this and every page on our website. Download the 2017 Season Calendar | PDF

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Announcing new piano competition prizes: for teachers and a Grand Prize

Trophies, cash prizes, certificates … none of that has changed for the 2017 Piano Competition. But (drum roll, please) we’re pleased to announce two new prizes – For teachers – In each category, the teacher of the winning pianist will receive a plaque from the Festival to honor their role in their student’s accomplishments. After […]

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People's Choice Awards Winner for Opera

Thanks to you, we’re the “People’s Choice” for Opera!

We couldn’t have done it without you! A record-setting 18,000 people voted in the 2017 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards this year and we’re pleased as punch that we’ve been named the winner in the Opera category. If you haven’t seen any of our operas, come see Beethoven’s Fidelio this June to see why we’ve won […]

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Huzzah, we’ve been nominated again!

We’re so proud to announce that Discover Jersey Arts has again nominated us in the Opera Company category of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards! With your help, we’ve won the “Favorite” title in the last few years so we need your help again this year. To vote, just go to http://jerseyarts.com/vote – “Opera Company” is the 2nd category […]

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NJTV “Looks Ahead” to Fidelio

The Princeton Festival’s upcoming production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio is highlighted in Maddie Orton’s NJTV News story “A Look Ahead at the Arts in 2017”! A Look Ahead at the Arts in 2017  

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Support Trenton Community Artists

PURCHASE PETER GRIMES-INSPIRED ART DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON – 18 artists exhibit 32 pieces and a dozen hand-painted glasses Exhibit: December 1-30, 2016 Receptions: December 20, 2016     Free and open to the public Noon – 2:30pm – Meet the Artists reception  4:30 – 6:30pm – Celebrate the Arts reception Thomas Sweet Café Montgomery Shopping Center, […]

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2017 Piano Competition now open

Check out our 2017 Piano Competition webpage for this year’s repertoire, competition rules, and application procedures! The online application can also be accessed through the button below. APPLY NOW Key Dates Application deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT Preliminary rounds: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9am to 3:30pm Sunday, June 4, 2017 from […]

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Thank you!

Thank you for a(nother) wonderful season

It’s hard to believe that this year’s Princeton Festival Season has come to an end − thank you for making this season such a great success!

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Audience reactions to Peter Grimes

Opening night opera-goers give thoughtful critique and impressions during the post-performance reception for Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” Additional performances Thursday June 23 at 7:30pm and Sunday June 26 at 3pm. For more information, check out our Peter Grimes event page. For tickets, call McCarter Ticket Office at 609.258.2787 or purchase online.  

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Peter Grimes audience raves on social media after opening night

Social media is buzzing with comments, both about our opening night performance and about the story of Peter Grimes. Two more performances – Thursday June 23 at 7:30pm and Sunday June 26 at 3pm. Call 609.258.2787 or go online to purchase tickets! “Well sung, well performed, and a beautiful work.” – Daniel T. “An opera […]

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2016 Piano Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Piano Competition winners!

First, we congratulate all 121 dedicated participants in this year’s competition for providing two weekends of beautiful piano artistry and thank our adjudicators Joanne Polk and Mikhail Yanovitsky for their thoughtful critiques. Repertoire for our 2017 competition will be posted on our website and through our eNews in the Fall. Special congratulations go to this […]

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Bill Lockwood

A special note from Bill Lockwood

Did you know that Britten’s opera Peter Grimes is one of Bill Lockwood’s favorites? As McCarter’s Special Programming Director (a/k/a impresario), Bill has been curating McCarter’s music and dance programs for over 50 years and is quite an opera aficionado as well. Bill wrote a Special Note explaining why he loves Peter Grimes – I […]

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Professor Stephen Allen

Did you miss Stephen Allen’s lecture on June 7th?

You’re in luck! Professor Allen has shared the video of his eye-opening lecture with us –

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Piano Competition Finalists

Announcing Piano Competition Finalists

Finalists for our Piano Competition will be posted here and on our Facebook page as they are announced after each Preliminary Round on June 4th and June 5th. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the Finalists! We look forward to the Final Round on Sunday June 12th. Elementary Artists – E7 Effie […]

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Costume designer Marie Miller discusses custom dress with Jami Leonard

Sneak peek at ‘A Little Night Music’ costumes

Our musical this year – Stephen Sondheim’s gem A Little Night Music – is set in 1900 Sweden so you can bet the costumes will transport you back to that period of gentility and elegant fashion … complete with big hats and parasols! Did you know that our master costumer Marie Miller has been designing […]

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‘Pop-up’? What’s a ‘pop-up’?

Loosely defined, a “pop-up’ is an unannounced performance that unexpectedly ‘pops up’ in a public place. It can be small, it can be grand, and many of YouTube’s favorite videos fall into that category. Artists from our Peter Grimes cast surprised shoppers at MarketFair last Friday with a pop-up performance of Broadway and opera favorites – […]

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Local boys share role of John in Peter Grimes

  Will Guhl-Erdie and Alex Hermann, good friends and students at St. Ann School, will share the role of John, Peter Grimes’s apprentice, in our production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes. They’re pictured here in their first rehearsal with Caroline Worra (Ellen Orford) and Alex Richards (Peter Grimes), both of whom have performed at […]

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Welcome, opera cast!

The opera chorus began rehearsals over the weekend and the principals gathered today at a welcome luncheon provided by the Princeton Festival Guild and hosted by Carol Wojciechowicz. Everyone had a great time meeting each other and reconnecting with colleagues they had worked with previously in opera houses around the country before getting down to […]

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