The Princeton Festival to Allow Live Audiences for 2021 Showcase

By David Salazar

The Princeton Festival has announced that it will be returning to live, in-person performances this June.

Audiences will be able to make reservations directly via the company’s website, with each reservation admitting up to two people. Audience members must bring their own blankets and chairs into the socially distanced outdoor space where the concert will take place.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring audiences and artists face to face again,” said Gregory Geehern, the Festival’s Acting Artistic Director. “Virtual concerts are wonderful, and we will be offering eight of them this season, but there’s nothing like the electricity you get from having a live audience at a performance.”

The festival will present four concert events this June, including one dedicated to the world of opera entitled “Opera by Twilight.” The event, which will be performed on June 13 and 20, will feature four opera stars performing music from the 18th through 20th century alongside a pianist accompanies. Each concert will feature different repertory and artists.

The first performance of “Opera by Twilight” will feature soprano Meroë Adeeb, mezzo Janara Kellerman, tenor John Viscardi, and baritone Brian Major. The latter performance features Alexandra Batsios, Krysty Swann, Michael Kuhn, and Stephen Gaertner as they perform arias from “La Traviata,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Carmen,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “La Bohème,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “Così fan tutte,” “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” and “Lakmé,” among many others. Both showcases will be livestreamed.

Additionally, the festival will also present two concerts of Baroque music featuring works by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Biber, and Vitali among others as performed by the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra; musicians will perform on period instruments.