All 2018 Performances, Programs & Special Events
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 2018Learn more
Free Talks, Workshops, Previews and more!
Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, open rehearsals, artist round tables and more!
2018: Feb 18 - Jul 1Learn more
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 pmLearn more
Lectures | Overture Program: Enjoying Opera
Lecture series for residents of 55+ Communities in the Greater Princeton area. Open to community residents only.
2018: Apr - JunLearn more
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 9Learn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 23Learn more
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 pmLearn more
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 @ 5:30Learn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 amLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
2018 Sing Spring!
A pre-season fund raising party with life performances from our musical to celebrate our 2018 season.
2018: May 19 @ 4 pmLearn more
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.
2018: Jun 9 @ 10 am, Jun 10 @ 9 am, Jun 17 @ 3 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 1Learn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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 pmLearn more
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.