All 2018 Performances, Programs & Special Events

Audition design with red curtains

2018 Auditions

Audition for The Princeton Festival’s June 2018 productions – Musical: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Feb. 12-15, callbacks Feb. 17; Opera: Madama Butterfly – chorus & covers Jan. 27-28; Baroque Chorus – Feb. 25. Contact [email protected]

January & February 2018

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Free Talks, Workshops, Previews and more!

Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, open rehearsals, artist round tables and more!

2018: Feb 18 - Jul 1

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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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2018 Princeton Festival Gala

Cocktails, dinner, auction, entertainment, and dancing with the Courtney Colletti Band! For more information and prices, contact [email protected]

2018: Apr 21 @ 6 pm

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2018 Sing Spring!

A pre-season fund raising party with life performances from our musical to celebrate our 2018 season.

2018: May 19 @ 4 pm

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Piano keys

2018 Piano Competition & Finals

Pianists ages 6-24 compete for trophies and cash prizes. Application Deadline: May 7, 2018. Preliminary Rounds: Saturday June 9, 10am-2pm & Sunday June 10, 9am-2pm, free and open to the public. Final Round: Sunday, June 17 at 3pm, tickets required.

2019: Jun 8 @ 9:00 am, Jun 9 @ 9:00 am, Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm

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Opera | Madama Butterfly

Intensely moving drama combined with Puccini’s heartfelt music set Madama Butterfly apart as a crowd-pleaser and masterpiece.

2018: Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm, Jun 24 @ 3 pm, Jul 1 at 3 pm

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Musical Theater | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. 12 performances in June 2018 will sell out!

2018: Jun 10 – Jul 1

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Michelle Djokic - 2015 concert

Chamber Music | Concordia Chamber Players

Brilliant performers, intriguing programming. The Concordia Chamber Players return to The Princeton Festival for the 14th consecutive year. Music by Kodály, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Dvořák.

2018: Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm

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Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra

Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra in two concerts on period instruments.

2018: Jun 23 @ 5 pm; Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm

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Jazz | Peter & Will Anderson Quintet

Peter and Will Anderson perform their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music as they “flood the room with joy.”

2018: Jun 23 @ 8 pm

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Choral | Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus & Orchestra

The Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus and Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra perform works by Bach and Handel using period instruments.

2018: Jun 30 @ 7 pm

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