Princeton Symphony Orchestra Princeton Festival Guild presents its annual report Round Table of Artists Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library. The Guild invites anyone curious about how to stage an opera to this round table centered on benjamin brittenis the only comic opera, Albert Herring. Hosted by Guild member and Princeton Symphony Orchestra administrator Marcia Bossart, panelists will discuss the upcoming production of Britten’s opera, preparing for a role, and the joys and challenges of be in the opera business.
benjamin brittenAlbert Herring’s comic opera is a coming-of-age tale punctuated by the title character’s overly involved mother, a precursor to today’s helicopter parent. Albert Herring is encouraged to wear the May Crown when no virtuous maiden is to be found. Add festive spiked lemonade and chaos ensues.
Edward T. Cone’s musical director, Rossen Milanov, has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. In addition to conducting the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Festival, Mr. Milanov is Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the RTV Symphony Orchestra. Slovenia to Ljubljana. Noted for his versatility, he is a welcome presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. He has collaborated with Komische Oper Berlin (Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk by Shostakovich), Opera Oviedo with the Spanish premiere of Mazzepa by Tchaikovsky and Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartok (best Spanish production in 2015) and Opera Columbus (La Traviata by Verdi). He has been seen at the New York City Ballet and has collaborated with some of the most well-known choreographers of our time such as Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepiedand more recently Alexei Ratmansky in the critically acclaimed revival of Swan Lake in Zurich with Zurich Ballet and in Paris with La Scala Ballet.
Festival director Gregory J. Geehern, D.Mus., is a multi-talented conductor, pianist, baritone, and scholar who has been called a “gifted new presence” for his work with full choirs, choirs opera and chamber ensembles to the repertoire. from the Middle Ages to the present day. He is a recent addition to the administrative staff of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, having served as Acting Artistic Director of the Princeton Festival in 2021 following the departure of Richard Tang Yuk. Previously, he held the position of assistant artistic director for several years and was assistant choirmaster and choirmaster of Beethoven’s Fidelio, benjamin brittenis Peter Grimes, and John Adams‘ Nixon in China. He has also conducted performances of masterpieces such as JS Bach’s cantata Der Herr denket an uns and George Frideric Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus and Orchestra.
Director Richard Gammon’s productions include Gluck’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Merlin’s Island
(Wolf Trap Opera), Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost by Ching (Michigan Opera Theater), Madama Butterfly and An American Dream by Perla (Virginia Opera), Erminia by Scarlatti (Opera Lafayette at the Kennedy Center); Susannah (Charlottesville Opera), CARE Monologue Film Project (Cleveland Gambling House), The Life and Times of Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow (National Asian Artists Project), Three Sisters who are Not Sisters by Rorem (Manhattan School of Music) and Looking at You by Sankaram (Carnegie Mellon). Creative positions include director of Opera Maine’s studio artist program (Kaminsky’s As One, Heggie’s Three Decembers, Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song), co-founder/director of Art with Arias (Portland Museum of Art/Opera Maine recital collaboration), creative associate for Seán Curran Company’s
Dream’d in a Dream (BAM Next Wave Festival), and Associate Director of Porgy and Bess (Greensboro Opera) and The Grapes of Wrath (Michigan Opera Theater).
The Princeton Festival Guild is dedicated to introducing young and old to the joy and inspiration of great entertainment. The Guild supports the Festival’s many educational and community engagement programs designed to excite, inform, inspire and invite discovery and engagement. Guild members play a vital role in the overall success of the Festival by supporting Festival events, organizing fundraisers and providing hospitality.
The Round Table of Artists on June 2 is free and open to the public. For more information call 609-497-0020 or visit princetonsymphony.org/festival.