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Opening Weekend of the Princeton Festival Features Storm Large, Operas By Derrick Wang, and Mozart

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Opening Weekend of the Princeton Festival Features Storm Large, Operas By Derrick Wang, and Mozart

Versatile chanteuse Storm Large opens the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO)'s all-new Princeton Festival on Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm. She sings the dual Anna role in Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins in a concert performance of the work with the PSO. On Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 at 7pm, the Festival continues with the opening performances of the comedic, fully staged opera double bill consisting of Derrick Wang's Scalia/Ginsburg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Impresario. All three vocal works take place under a massive, clear-span performance tent on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden, and are sung in English with English titles.

The weekend performances kick off the Princeton Festival's 16-day performing arts extravaganza including multiple evenings of opera with a final performance of the double bill on Saturday, June 18 plus Benjamin Britten's fully staged Albert Herring, chamber music evenings with "What Makes it Great?" host Rob Kapilow and the Signum Quartet, Baroque concerts with the Festival Chorus and the Sebastians, Broadway's Sierra Boggess, a family pops concert, the genre-defying trio Time For Three, plus cabaret (Sondheim Tribute) & jazz (Aaron Diehl Trio) evenings in a club-like setting. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase 1 hour before each performance through intermission (Social Affair Permits: #94284, #94290, #94292, #94294).

Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins features songs tracing the movements and actions of two Annas, a pragmatic singer and a passionate, impulsive dancer, through seven US cities in which they encounter sinful temptations. Paired with this work is Rodion Shchedrin's sultry Carmen Suite, for which the composer arranged and orchestrated the music from Bizet's eponymous opera for strings and percussion.

Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts the performance. He says, "I love Kurt Weill's deeply original music-sensual, inventive, violent at moments. Storm Large is perfectly at home with the style of this music requiring not just extraordinary vocal skills, but also an amazing stage presence!"

Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day. She was seen on the 2021 season of America's Got Talent. Other recent engagements include performing her one-woman autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough at La Jolla Music Society and Portland Center Stage, debuts with the Philly Pops, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Houston, Detroit, Toronto, and BBC Symphonies, the New York Pops, and the Louisville Orchestra, with whom she recorded the 2017 album All In. Storm continues to tour concert halls across the country with her band Le Bonheur and as a special guest on Michael Feinstein's Shaken & Stirred tour.

Festival Director Gregory Jon Geehern conducts the Princeton Festival's comedic opera double bill of Derrick Wang's Scalia/Ginsburg and W.A. Mozart's The Impresario opening under the Festival tent on Saturday, June 11 at 7pm with additional performances on Sunday, June 12 and Saturday, June 18. His take on both operas: "They are a joy to conduct, with the humor of each work literally underscored by lively music and interwoven melodies displaying the cleverness and competence of the composers. Wang's libretto is 'laugh-out-loud funny'!"

Derrick Wang's contemporary opera Scalia/Ginsburg is about the unlikely friendship between U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, and Mozart's The Impresario features a theater impresario named Frank who runs into trouble managing two rival actresses vying for the same leading role. Directed by Richard Gammon with scenic design by Julia Noulin-Mérat, the Princeton Festival's double bill visually interweaves the two operas by reversing the sets from Scalia/Ginsburg to create, quite literally, a behind-the-scenes setting for The Impresario.

Princeton-based composer Julian Grant's free talk "Divas and Justices" delves further into the operas making up the Festival's double bill, and is offered at Morven Museum & Garden's Stockton Education Center on Saturday, June 11 at 5pm. Information on additional free talks and other community events presented during the Festival are available at princetonsymphony.org/festival.

Tickets for all Princeton Festival performances including Seven Deadly Sins starring Storm Large and the opera double bill range from $10 - $130; ticket packages are $18 and up. Call 609-497-0020 or visit princetonsymphony.org/festival.



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