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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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Danielle Talamantes (Marzelline) & Michael Kuhn (Jaquino)

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 starting to roll in after our opening performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio on Sunday June […]

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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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The Princeton Festival 2017 collage

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-at-MarketFair

‘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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6/1/16 Artists Round Table

Our educational programs start on June 1st

This year, our Education & Community Engagement program includes13 free talks, previews, workshops, and an open rehearsal! Whether you’re interested in hearing from a composer about his creative process (Richard Einhorn discussing Voices of Light with two music and history professors), or looking for background on Benjamin Britten and his opera Peter Grimes (lectures by […]

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Whole Foods Pop-up Performance

Pop-up performance on June 1st

Want a sneak peek at both our musical and opera casts? You can see both in a pop-up performance at Whole Foods on Route 1 on Wednesday, June 1st at 11am. Just plan to be near the check-out registers and act surprised…. If you can’t make it, check out our Facebook page afterwards!

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Princeton Sun interview with Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk

For a little Festival history, a peek at the how a season is put together, and an overview of this year’s season, check out Erica Chayes Wida’s interview with Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk in the Princeton Sun!

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Piano competition registration is now closed

Thank you for your interest in our piano competition – we have one of our highest number of applicants this year and look forward to hearing each of you perform! If you have any questions after first reading the competition rules, please email [email protected] If you missed the application deadline, please check back in the […]

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Oh, what a night!

Great food, exciting auction items (wow, Top Gun Flight Experience!), snappy music … thanks to all who came to support The Princeton Festival in an evening of friendship and fun. And a special shout-out to the many, many volunteers who worked on making this a memorable evening for all! Check out 20 more photos on […]

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Jamie Green with Carol Baron

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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2016 Tickets Available

Tickets now available

[3/15/2016] eNews readers were notified this morning that tickets for our June 2016 season are now available for purchase! (If you’re not receiving our eNews, read the announcement here and signup here.) Tickets are available online, by phone at 609.258.2787, and in person at the McCarter Ticket Office. Special deals – including our new “Four or More” subscription at […]

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thanks to your votes, we’ve (again) been named Favorite Opera Company in ArtPride New Jersey’s People’s Choice Awards. Over 100 organizations were nominated for the Awards in recognition of our collective contributions to New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts community. After record-shattering voting this year, we’re tickled pink to receive this honor with your […]

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Grammy News!

Congratulations to our 2016 jazz performer Cécile McLorin Salvant on her win this evening for Best Jazz Vocal Album! Subscribe to our eNews to be the first to know when ticket sales will open in March so you can buy tickets to her Father’s Day June 19th concert before this concert sells out. » Read […]

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Opera News reviews our Marriage of Figaro

Our patrons loved it, our area reviewers loved it, and now we know that Opera News loved it, too! Joanne Sydney Lessner’s review of our 2015 production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) gave props to our “vigorous orchestra, attractive costumes, a gorgeous set, and traditional staging energized by a talented company.” “Under Steven LaCosse’s direction, […]

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2016 Season: June 4 to 26

Announcing our 2016 Season

General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk announced The Princeton Festival’s 2016 season at our Fall FUNraising party and more details were provided in the early November eNews. (Click here to subscribe!) Set to run from June 4th to June 26, our 12th season combines anchor events with bold new directions in programming. “Fans looking […]

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2016 Conducting Master Class now open

Check out our Conducting Master Class webpage for this year’s repertoire, description and application procedures! This 8-day program with Maestro Jan Harrington will focus on music of J.S. Bach for chorus and Baroque orchestra. Enrollment is limited to 8 conductors, with no limit for auditors. APPLY NOW Key Dates Notification of acceptances: Beginning on February […]

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FUN-raising fotos

We had a fabulous FUNraising fête on Sunday, October 26th at the D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center − palate-pleasing wines and beers from CoolVines, scrumptious cheese and charcuterie from Olsson’s Fine Foods, upbeat bluegrass by the Ocean Country Band … but best of all, a chance for Festival friends, old and […]

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2016 Piano Competition now open

Check out our 2016 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 2, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT Preliminary rounds: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9am to 3:30pm Sunday, June 5, 2016 from […]

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Opera auditions

Auditions for our 2016 opera, Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes, are now being scheduled – managed artists will be heard by appointment in NYC this Fall and opera chorus auditions will be held in Princeton on January 29, 30 & 31, 2016. More information, including contact information, is available on our Auditions webpage, princetonfestival.org/auditions. Ask […]

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NJ State Council on the Arts awards us the “Citation of Excellence” … again!

We are so grateful and proud to be awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, “the highest possible assessment of [our] Council grant applications by esteemed, independent panels of [our] peers” for the second consecutive year. We are thrilled with this endorsement of our efforts to delight, stimulate and enrich our audiences through a […]

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Thank you!

We couldn’t have done it without you! Whether you’re an event patron, a donor, a grantor, an artist, a volunteer, a Guild member, a housing host, an advertiser, or simply a music lover, we gratefully thank you for supporting our mission of bringing you high quality live performances in a festival of wide-ranging genres! Our […]

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Lecture: The Technology of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ by Mark Schubin

Festival fans know that we present an assortment of lectures and workshops each season that provide music analysis, historical background, and even “what if?” thought experiments pertaining to our opera and musical. Mark Schubin’s lecture on June 15th falls into that last category – what stage and home-media technologies were available when The Marriage of […]

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Profile of Kathak dancer Jin Won in U.S.1

Read Robert Johnson’s profile article in U.S.1 about dancer Jin Won, who is the choreographer and featured dancer in our Indian music and dance program this Saturday, June 27th at 8pm in McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. He writes: In “Pradhanica” — the name derives from the Hindi word for “leader” and implies “master of rhythm” — […]

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