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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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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, 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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Spelling Bee playing to full houses!

Reviews for our musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, are starting to come in and they’re great! “The acting was superb by all…. There was also some wonderful choreography…. This is definitely a performance worth seeing.” – shutterbuggeek for Princeton Found The show is presented in a 90-seat black box theater where you’re […]

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Figaro is a hit!

Saturday’s opening performance of The Marriage of Figaro delighted the packed audience both musically and visually … but don’t take our word for it! Reviewers are raving – “I would defy anyone to find a better production on any stage in the world.” – Toby Grace for Out in Jersey Magazine “… the opera started […]

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Congratulations, Piano Competition Winners!

Congratulations to these very impressive Piano Competition winners: Elementary Class: Petrina Steimel (E6) Intermediate Artists: Kasey Shao (I51) Junior Artists: James Yang (J61) Senior Artists: Vivan Tsai (S81) Piano Four-Hands: Preston and Petrina Steimel (F54) Open Class: Constance Kaita (O89) Richard Tang Yuk Award for Most Outstanding Performer: Constance Kaita (pictured) Note to Finalists: please […]

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Purchase Music-themed Art by Trenton A-TEAM artists

Trenton Community A-TEAM Artists Trenton soup kitchen artists embrace opera “Even among those who are educated and well off, opera can be an acquired taste. For the Trenton Community A-Team artists of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the experience of opera may be even farther off. Thanks to a collaboration with the Princeton Festival, the […]

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Brochure corrections & changes: Fei-Fei Dong and Falkner Evans dates

(4/2/15) We’re so embarrassed that we missed a couple of errors in our brochure! Page 2 – Fei-Fei Dong’s piano recital is on FRIDAY (not Saturday), June 26. Page 4 – Falkner Evans piano quintet will perform on SUNDAY (not Saturday), June 7. Please note: the concert time has also been changed to 4pm (from […]

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Check out our Figaro Audience Guide and libretto

Increase your enjoyment of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by reading our Audience Guide and libretto in advance. Enjoy!

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See what you’re missing on our social media

If you’re reading this, you already know your way around our website. But there are many other ways to be “in the know!” If you’re not receiving our eNews, then sign up here to find out about new events and read articles about our lectures and performances. The eNews is published weekly until early July […]

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Rehearsals begin!

The casts of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Marriage of Figaro gathered for a “Meet and Greet” on their first day of rehearsal, joined by Festival board members, Guild members and housing hosts. Here, Haeran Hong (Susanna in Figaro), Emily Schnexnaydre (Rona in Spelling Bee) and Paul An (Antonio in Figaro) […]

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Princeton Magazine interviews Richard Tang Yuk

Read Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk’s interview by Nancy Plum appearing in The Last Word feature of the May/June issue of Princeton Magazine! Can you guess how he answered her question, “Do you have any hobbies or interests your audience would be surprised to know?”

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Festival performances on WWFM

Tune in to WWFM to hear past performances from The Princeton Festival: Tue 5/19 at noon – Evan Wong piano recital (2014) Thu 5/21 at noon – Bernardus medieval music ensemble (2013) Fri 5/22 at noon – Concordia Chamber Players (2014) WWFM broadcasts at 89.1 FM and streams online – see for more listening […]

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Elbert Gong

Elbert Gong Recital – Monday 5/18 at 6:30pm

You may remember Elbert Gong from our 2010 piano competition where he received The Richard L. Tang Yuk Award for Most Outstanding Performance as only a middle schooler. Five years and many awards later, you can hear him perform this Monday May 18th at 6:30pm in his senior recital at The Lawrenceville School. The concert […]

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Conducting Master Class – Auditors may still apply

Saturday, June 20 to Saturday, June 27, 2015. UPDATE (5/10/15): All conductor positions for our Conducting Master Class are now filled but we are still accepting applications for auditors. Please make sure you have your resumé and audio recordings ready to upload with your online application. Read More  

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UPDATE (5/8/15): Thank you for your interest, but we are no longer taking applications for this year’s competition. Do attend the preliminary rounds (free) on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7, and buy tickets for the Final Round on Sunday, June 14.   And congratulations to Elbert Gong on winning a 2015 National Arts […]

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Calendar at a glance

Our season at a glance!

With 23 performances and 13 free lectures, previews, and demonstrations in our 2015 season, the best way to plan your June with us is view our entire June calendar – click here to view a larger image of this calendar as a printable or downloadable PDF (49 KB).

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Our season brochure is in the mail!

Our colorful 2015 brochure by Palmer Uhl Design went into the mail today, so look for it in your mailboxes soon! If you don’t receive it within two weeks, you may not be on our mailing list so be sure to sign up for mailings and our eNews at And if you can’t wait, […]

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Spring Gala: Check out our auction items

Saturday, April 25, 6pm Greenacres Country Club Cocktails and Greenacres’ fabulous hors d’oeuvres; silent auction with piano music; delicious dinner, entertainment, live auction and dancing … a festive night to spend with friends! View auction items. Cocktail music provided by Doug Miller and Richard Geiger; Indian dance preview by Pradhanica; opera arias by Joshua Jeremiah, […]

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Thanks, you’ve made us #1 … again!

Thanks to your votes, we have retained our title of “Favorite Opera Company” in this year’s 7th Annual People’s Choice Awards following nearly 15,000 ballots cast! We are honored by and so appreciative of your votes of confidence in us … hope to see you all in June! A full list of awards can […]

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