All 2018 Education & Community Engagement Programs

The Politics of Opera

Lecture | The Politics of Opera

Mitchell Cohen, the author and Baruch College political science professor discusses his latest book, a wide-ranging look at the interplay of opera and political ideas through the centuries. Free and open to the public.

2018: Feb 18 @ 3 pm

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Harold Kuskin

Lectures | Overture Program: Enjoying Opera

Lecture series for residents of 55+ Communities in the Greater Princeton area. Open to community residents only.

2018: Apr - Jun

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Princeton Festival - Man of La Mancha

Musical Theater Workshop | Making of a Musical

Musical theater program for high school and college students, incl. workshop, discussions, attendance at Princeton Festival rehearsals. Free, pre-registration required.

2018: May 19, Jun 3, Jun 9

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2016 Artists Round Table

Discussion | Artists’ Round Table

Opera artists and production staff discuss the pleasures and perils faced on stage and off as they bring the opera to life. Free and open to the public.

2018: May 30 @ 6:30 pm

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Denis Feeney

Lecture | Musical Comedy in Ancient Rome: The Genius of Titus Maccius Plautus

Princeton Professor Denis Feeney discusses how Plautus’ works from the 2nd century BC anticipated modern musical comedy, such as this year’s Festival musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Free and open to the public.

2018: May 31 @ 7 pm

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Exhibit | A-TEAM Collaboration

Paintings by A-TEAM artists, affiliated with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and ArtSpace Artists of HomeFront, will be displayed for sale at Thomas Sweet Cafe, Route 206N, Skillman, NJ.

2018: May 1 - 31, receptions on May 15 & May 23

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Timothy Urban

Lecture | Madama Butterfly: Beauty in Betrayal

Professor Timothy Urban discusses the music and plot of Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 2 @ 2 pm, Jun 14 @ 7 pm

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Wig & makeup behind the scenes (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Opera Workshop | Bringing Opera to the Stage

Get the inside scoop and behind the scene view of a working rehearsal.

2018: June 3 @ 6:30 pm; June 14 @ 5:30

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Andrew Lovett

Lecture | An Opera Composer’s Approach to Storytelling

Composer Andrew Lovett discusses how opera’s combination of vocal and instrumental music structures and deepens a story. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 5 @ 7 pm

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Opera Workshop | Music That Tells a Story

Intergenerational program, incl. opera workshop, backstage tour & dress rehearsal of Princeton Festival’s Madama Butterfly. Free, pre-registration required.

2018: Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm or Jun 9 @ 10 am or Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm; Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm

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Lara Treacy as Petra in A Little Night Music

Festival Preview

Singers perform and directors discuss June 2018 productions of Madama Butterfly and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 7 @ 7 pm

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Marianne Grey

Lecture | Madama Butterfly Goes to Paris; Isabella Stewart Gardner Goes to Japan

Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent, discusses the West’s embrace of all things Japanese in the decades preceding Madama Butterfly. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 12 @ 7 pm, Jun 28 @ 7 pm

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Steve LaCosse

Discussion | Cross-Cultural Challenges in Opera

Panelists will discuss issues facing directors when they present operas from a different culture. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 18 @ 7 pm

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Mari Kashiwagi

Poetry Reading | Butterfly and Cio Cio-san in Mari Kashiwagi’s poetic world

A reading by award-winning Japanese poet Mari Kashiwagi of her ‘Butterfly’ poems written for The Princeton Festival plus a discussion with her translator, Takako Lento. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 17 @ 11:30 am

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John Burkhalter III

Lecture | More About What’s BAROQUE About Baroque Music?

Early Music musician and specialist John Burkhalter discusses Baroque music and instruments. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 21 @ 7 pm

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Lecture | Before Butterfly: 17th-Century Dutch & Japanese Music

John Burkhalter and Glenn Shōyū Swann discuss and perform 17th c. and early 20th c. music from Japan, as influenced by Dutch East India Co. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 25 @ 7 pm

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Film Screening | “Winged Migration” and Discussion

Film screening and discussion of an epic portrait of winter bird migration as part of Migrations project. Free and open to the public.

2018: Mar 11 @ 1 pm

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