Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the Concordia Chamber Players, jazz with Joe Locke and the Milt Jackson Tribute Band, a semi-staged performance of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, and an all-Mozart concert are on the schedule for the festival, which celebrated its inaugural season last summer.
The festival runs June 24-July 9 on the campus of the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, New Jersey, led by artistic director Richard Tang Yuk, a Princeton music faculty member.
Opening night features Madama Butterfly with a professional cast including Korean soprano JiYeun ChoLee in the title role and American tenor Michael Hayes as Pinkerton. The Princeton Festival orchestra, comprised of local professional musicians, will be conducted by Richard Tang Yuk.
An all-Mozart concert on July 8 includes the overture to CosÐ fan tutte, the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with Natalie Zhu as soloist, and the Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"). Daniel Beckwith conducts.