Great Performances

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




Episode Guide

    • Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
      Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
      Season 42 - Episode 8

      Legendary singer Barbra Streisand comes home in this concert, filmed in October 2012, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The multimedia performance includes video montages of Streisand's childhood and early career. Streisand sings 27 songs, with guests, Italian pop vocal trio Il Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti and Streisand's son Jason Gould, joining in.

    • The Hollow Crown: Richard II
      The Hollow Crown: Richard II
      Season 42 - Episode 1

      Richard II, the story of a King who loses his crown, is the first in the Great Performances film series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto

      This new production of Verdi's Rigoletto is set in Las Vegas in the 1960s.

    • Primo
      Season 36 - Episode 16
      Acclaimed South African actor Antony Sher performs his own adaptation of Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. A chemist and member of the Italian resistance movement, Primo Levi spent 11 months in Auschwitz at the end of World War II. Levi's heirs have requested that Antony Sher be the only actor to portray Primo in the one-man play.moreless
    • Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker
      Kristi Yamaguchi hosts as the San Francisco Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. This version of the classic tale is set in 1915 at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition.
    • Theater in America: The Seagull
      Theater in America: The Seagull
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      An adaptation of Anton Chekov's play. A group of friends and family gather to view a young man's experimental play. This was Chekov's first successful play.
    • Company
      Season 36 - Episode 7
      Stephen Sondheim's musical about a man who celebrates his 35th birthday with 10 friends, who happen to be 5 couples. This 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony award as "Best Revival" of the 2006-2007 seaon.
    • The Rimers of Eldritch
      The Rimers of Eldritch
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      A performance of the play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson. The residents of a small, sleepy town must deal with a girl's rape and murder.
    • Uncommon Women and Others
      Uncommon Women and Others
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      Five women who had been friends in college meet for an impromptu reunion lunch in Wendy Wasserstein's first play.
    • Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road
      Paul McCartney performs before a small audience at the legendary Abby Road studio where The Beatles recorded.
    • Mozart at 250: The Salzburg Festival Celebration
      To celebrate Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday a gala concert is presented with the Vienna Philharmonic. Mozart's most memorable works are featured.
    • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!
      Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform selections from their 2014 "Cheek to Cheek" album at the Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City.
    • Great Performances at the Met: "Il Trittico"
      Giacomo Puccini's opera is performed at New York's Lincoln Center by the famed Metropolitan Opera Company.
    • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
    • Paddy Chayefsky's `The Mother'
      Paddy Chayefsky's `The Mother'
      Season 23 - Episode 3
      A 1994 production of Paddy Chayefsky's "The Mother." Anne Bancroft plays a widow trying to regain her own identity.
    • Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies

      Twelve-year-old singing prodigy Jackie Evancho performs songs from several movies at the Los Angels Orpheum Theatre.

    • In The Heights - Chasing Broadway Dreams
      A behind the scenes look at the Broadway musical In the Heights, a "modern-day West Side Story" set in a latin neighborhood. Cameras follow the relatively unknown cast, led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, from a small off-Broadway theater to the show's debut at the Richard Rodgers theater on Broadway.
    • Michael Buble: Caught in the Act
      Michael Buble: Caught in the Act
      Season 34 - Episode 4
      Michael sings classic songs and standards as well as his #1 hit, "Home". He is joined by guest performers Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and Laura Pausini.
    • Zizi: Je T'Aime
      Zizi: Je T'Aime
      Season 27 - Episode 2
      French ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire and her husband, choreographer Roland Petit, are featured in a documentary film.
    • Suddenly Last Summer
      Suddenly Last Summer
      Season 21 - Episode 8
      The performance of a revival of Tennessee Williams' play about family secrets.
    • A Tribute to James Taylor
      A Tribute to James Taylor
      Season 35 - Episode 9
      Various artists perform songs made famous by James Taylor, including Taylor himself. Song list: Shower The People -- The Dixie Chicks Rainy Day Man -- Bonnie Raitt Secret O'Life -- India.Arie Mexico -- Jackson Browne, David Crosby, and Sheryl Crow You Can Close Your Eyes -- Sting Everybody Has The Blues -- Dr. John and Taj Mahal Carolina In My Mind -- Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas Country Road -- Keith Urban Millworker -- Bruce Springsteen You've Got A Friend -- Carole King She A Little Light -- James Taylor How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) -- James Taylor Fire And Rain -- James Taylormoreless
    • Leonard Bernstein's `Candide' with the New York Philharmonic
      Leonard Bernstein's 1956 operetta based on Voltaire's novella.
    • Sting: Songs from the Labyrinth
      Sting: Songs from the Labyrinth
      Season 35 - Episode 15
      Sting and acclaimed Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov perform songs of Elizabethan musician John Dowland.
    • Rodgers & Hammerstein's `Oklahoma!'

      The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain performs a revival of Roger's and Hammerstein's masterpiece. This version was filmed at Shepperton Studios in London at the close of the stage musical's 1998 run.

    • Great Performances at the Met: La Cenerentola
      Gioachino Rossini's operatic version of the classic tale of Cinderella. Maestro Maurizio Benini conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    • Tony Bennett: Duets II
      Tony Bennett: Duets II
      Season 40 - Episode 12

      This behind the scenes look at the making of the album Tony Bennett: Duets II, follows the legendary singer around the world to recording sessions with singers such as Lady Gaga, Faith Hill and Michael Bublé. Along the way we learn about the process of making this best-selling album.

    • Kurosawa
      Season 30 - Episode 9
      A profile of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. The program includes clips from films never before seen in the West.
    • The Symphony of Rhythm: Solti Conducts Beethoven's Seventh
      The Chicago Symphony performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A under the direction of Georg Solti. Rehearsal footage and comments from Solti are included.
    • Operatunity
      Season 33 - Episode 15
      Six opera lovers from across England receive a crash course in voice, drama and other opera techniques, finally making their debut in a performance of "Rigoletto."
    • Macbeth
      Season 39 - Episode 3
      This production of Shakespeare's Scottish tale takes place in a 20th century military setting. It was filmed after a successful run as a stage production in London and New York.
    • Verna: USO Girl
      Verna: USO Girl
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Paul Gallico's short story about a USO entertainer and an Army Captain in World War II Belgium. Verna, a not-too-talented, but terribly enthusiastic singer and dancer joins a USO tour during World War II. They tour the European theatre and bring joy to the soldiers. Verna falls in love and refuses a marriage proposal from a handsome Captain. She dreams of the funeral she will have once she is a world-famous Broadway and Hollywood star. Sometimes dreams do come true.moreless
    • The Nightingale (Le Rossignol)
      The Nightingale (Le Rossignol)
      Season 34 - Episode 6
      Stravinsky's opera based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The Paris National Opera Orchestra and Chorus perform in Russian with English titles. Cast List: Natalie Dessay: The Nightingale Hugo Simcic: The Child Marie McLaughlin: The Cook Violeta Urmana: Death Vsevolod Grivnov: The Fisherman Albert Schagidullin: The Emperor Laurent Naouri: The Chamberlain Maxim Mikhailov: The Bonze Jim Adhi Limas: The Potter Yon Geol Kim, Jian Ye: Japanese Ambassadors Man-Yan James Hor, Duy-Thông Nguyen: Courtesans Yuko Kametani: The Dancer Paris National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Conlon: Guest Conductormoreless
    • Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella'
      This 1957 production, which pre-dates video tapes and has not been re-aired since the initial broadcast until now, was the only Rogers and Hammerstein work created specifically for television. It has been restored and is being aired again for the first time in almost 50 years. Julie Andrews hosts in a look back at herself as the title character.moreless
    • Dance in America: `Swan Lake' with American Ballet Theatre
      Tchaikovsky's classic ballet is performed at the Kennedy Center by the American Ballet Theatre.
    • The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2009
      The Vienna Philharmonic performs an outdoor concert in the historic Baroque Park overlooking the Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace. Daniel Barenboim is the orchestra's conductor.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Madama Butterfly
      Giacomo Puccini's beloved opera tells the tale of a Japanese geisha betrayed by her American lover. This production was created by Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella, who passed away suddenly in March 2008. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, this performance was taped on March 7, 2009.
    • You Can't Take It With You
      You Can't Take It With You
      Season 13 - Episode 4
      Jason Robards stars in this stage performance of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The offbeat Sycamore household, led by Grandpa Vanderhof (Robards), ignores convention and does whatever they want to do to be happy.
    • Ellington: The Music Lives On
      Ellington: The Music Lives On
      Season 11 - Episode 9
      The music of Duke Ellington is performed by various artists.
    • Hitman: David Foster and Friends
      Hitman: David Foster and Friends
      Season 37 - Episode 3
      Prolific composer and record producer David Foster brings together performers that he has worked with in his long career and a few new faces to celebrate an evening of music.
    • Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall
      A host of Broadway stars turn out to celebrate the music of Stephen Sondheim. Includes selections from "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park with George" and others.
    • 'South Pacific' in Concert from Carnegie Hall
      A concert performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "South Pacific."
    • Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden
      Long-time friends Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood perform songs from their short colaboration in the group Blind Faith as well as songs from Cream (Clapton's group), Traffic (Winwood's group), their solo efforts and other songs. Recorded live at Madison Square Garden in February 2008.
    • My Name is Barbra
      My Name is Barbra
      Season 34 - Episode 5
      Barbra Streisand's first television special, first aired on CBS in 1965. Songs include such Streisand classics as "People," Happy Days Are Here Again," and Don't Rain on My Parade."
    • From Shtetl to Swing
      From Shtetl to Swing
      Season 34 - Episode 1
      The story of Jewish and African-American influences on 20th century American music.
    • Color Me Barbra
      Color Me Barbra
      Season 34 - Episode 10
      A re-airing of Barbra Streisand's second television special, originally broadcast on CBS in 1966. Streisand performs songs considered American classics.
    • Stephen Sondheim's "Company" with the New York Philharmonic

      The New York Philharmonic's 2011 staging of composer and lyricists Stephen Sondheim's award-winning Company features an all-star cast led by Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby. Celebrating his 35th birthday as a single man, Bobby gets plenty of relationship advice from his 10 best friends, who are also five couples.

    • Crazy For You
      Crazy For You
      Season 28 - Episode 2
      The Tony Award winning Broadway musical adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin 1930 hit "Girl Crazy." Recorded for television at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams.
    • Sam Shepard's True West
      Sam Shepard's True West
      Season 26 - Episode 16
      A production of the play, "True West," written by Sam Shepard is performed.
    • Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias
      Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias
      Season 37 - Episode 1
      A year after his death, Great Performances celebrates the life of Luciano Pavarotti. Rarely seen footage, archival performances, and interviews with friends and colleagues recount Pavarotti's life, career and later status as a worldwide superstar.
    • Hamlet
      Season 38 - Episode 14
      The actors wear modern dress in this film adaptation of the 2008 Royal Shakespeare Company production. This film version of Hamlet first aired in the U.K. in December 2009.
    • Loreena McKennitt: Nights From the Alhambra
      Canadian Celtic artist Loreena McKennitt performs at Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
    • Liza with a 'Z'
      Liza with a 'Z'
      Season 34 - Episode 20
      Liza Minnelli's Emmy award winning concert choreographed and directed by Bob Fosse. This is a remastered version of the special that debuted in 1972.
    • Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration from Madison Square Garden
      Renowned folk artist Pete Seeger turned 90 in May of 2009. To celebrate, more than 40 artists whose music was influenced by Seeger gathered at New York's Madison Square Garden to perform songs inspired by Seeger’s music and political activism. Taped live on May 3, 2009.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Viewer's Choice
      Renee Fleming hosts a countdown of Great Performances greatest opera moments in this special marking the 30th anniversary of Great Performances at the Met.
    • Talking With
      Talking With
      Season 23 - Episode 11
      Six dramatic monologues by Jane Martin are performed.
    • Rules of the Game
      Rules of the Game
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      This 1918 play by Luigi Pirandello is set in Italy among the upper class. A man's cynical attitude is put to the test when a drunken man accosts his wife.
    • Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe
      Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe
      Season 26 - Episode 2
      The reconstruction of the famous Globe theater is documented, and Act IV from Shakespeare's Henry V is performed at the reopening. The Globe Theatre's artistic director, Mark Rylance, portrays the title role.
    • Cyrano de Bergerac
      Cyrano de Bergerac
      Season 37 - Episode 8
      Actor Kevin Kline brings Cyrano de Bergerac to life in this Broadway production recorded on stage in performance at the Richard Rodgers Theater, January 3 and 4, 2008. Edmond Rostand's play tells of a swashbuckling poet who pines for the beautiful Roxane, but is too ashamed of his large nose to declare his love.moreless
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
      The 90th anniversary of the birth of composer Leonard Bernstein is celebrated. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.
    • Peter and the Wolf
      Peter and the Wolf
      Season 36 - Episode 11
      Stop-frame model animation, puppets, and digital photography are used to tell Sergei Prokofiev's classic tale in which orchestral instruments personify the characters of the story. The Philharmonia Orchestra of London performs under the direction of Mark Stephenson.
    • Follies in Concert
      Follies in Concert
      Season 14 - Episode 10
      A concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's musical at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The plot of the musical centers around a reunion of showgirls who have appeared in an annual Follies extravaganza in the 1920s and 1930s.
    • Les Misérables in Concert
      Les Misérables in Concert
      Season 24 - Episode 10
      The The 10th anniversary concert production of the musical based on Victor Hugo's book. The story of Jean Valjean arrested for stealing some bread for his starving family and hunted down by the hard-nosed lawman Javert. The all-star cast appeared in costume, but sang at microphones. A highlight was a performance of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" by 17 men who have filled the role of Jean Valjean on stage, each singing a line in his native language.moreless
    • Copland's America
      Copland's America
      Season 29 - Episode 6
      The music of composer Aaron Copland (1900-90) is featured. Music highlights include “Appalachian Spring” and “Fanfare for the Common Man."
    • Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany
      Andrea Bocelli presents a concert from the hills of Lajatico, the rural village in Tuscany where the singer grew up. A special theater was built on the slopes just for this concert. Bocelli sings his most popular songs and welcomes some musical guests.
    • Kiss Me, Kate
      Kiss Me, Kate
      Season 31 - Episode 9
      Cole Porter's beloved musical, first on Broadway in 1948, was revived to great acclaim in 2000. This performance was taped at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.
    • Brideshead Revisited
      Brideshead Revisited
      Season 10 - Episode 15
      Two young men, one from gentry the other from a common family, meet at Oxford and become friends. The man from the poorer family becomes involved with his wealthy friend's family. The story is told in flashbacks as the man, now an officer in the British Army, returns to his friend's home, Brideshead.moreless
    • Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse
      Featuring the best of choreographer Bob Fosse's shows, Broadway's "Fosse" is recorded live for Great Performances.
    • Star Crossed Lovers
      Star Crossed Lovers
      Season 27 - Episode 14
      An eclectic collection of songs about star-crossed lovers, including selections from West Side Story, performed by Placido Domingo, Renee Flemming and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
    • John Barry's Moviola
      John Barry's Moviola
      Season 21 - Episode 12
      The music of oscar-winning composer John Barry is featured. Portions of some of his movie scores are performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes interviews with Barry and others.
    • Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years
      Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years
      Season 26 - Episode 10
      Frank Sinatra sings his greatest hits in this compilation of songs from 13 TV specials aired from 1965 to 1982.
    • The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle
      A profile of the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, who have written many Broadway muiscals. Highlighes include interviews with John Kander, Fred Ebb, Lauren Bacall, Joel Grey and others, as well as clips of performances of their songs.
    • Lean by Jarre
      Lean by Jarre
      Season 21 - Episode 17
      French composer and conductor Maurice Jarre combines music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with the films of David Lean in a memorial concert dedicated to his friend David Lean. The two worked together in many films, beginning with the great Lawrence of Arabia.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Doctor Atomic
      John Adams' 1991 opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the atomic bomb.
    • My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs
      Julie Andrews hosts a concert of love songs performed by Broadway's best. Recorded at New York City's City Center, Oct. 16, 2000.
    • Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden
      Popular Canadian singer Michael Bublé performs a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Recorded in December 2008, songs include his past hits and songs from his album, Call Me Irresponsible.
    • Common Pursuit
      Common Pursuit
      Season 21 - Episode 3
      A performance of English playwright, Simon Gray's work about a group of Cambridge University intellectuals who publish a literary magazine.
    • Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself
      Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself
      Season 26 - Episode 17
      Playwright, actor, and director Sam Shepard is highlighted in this documentary. Shepard talks about a group of his plays that were presented off-Broadway in 1996 and 1997. Highlights include scenes of the plays.
    • Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound
      The music of Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 1940s is celebrated. Includes movie clips and interviews with composers. Selections from The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind, Laura, and other films are preformed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
    • Chess In Concert
      Chess In Concert
      Season 37 - Episode 19
      Songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus from the singing group ABBA teamed up with lyricist Tim Rice in 1986 to create this original musical. Set at an international chess tournament during the Cold War, the story features a love triangle between rival Russian and American chess players and the woman both love. This performance was taped live at Royal Albert Hall in London on May 12, 2008.moreless
    • Elizabeth Taylor: England's Other Elizabeth
      In 2000 Elizabeth Taylor was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In honor of that occasion Miss Taylor is reminisces about her Hollywood experiences. Many of her famous friends are also interviewed.
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber's `Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'
      The 1999 film version of Webber's beloved musical featuring Donny Osmond as Joseph. Osmond also hosts the evening, which includes an interview with Webber and clips from Jesus Christ, Superstar and Whistle Down the Wind.
    • King Lear
      King Lear
      Season 37 - Episode 12
      Ian McKellen portrays the tragic monarch in The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Shakespeare's King Lear.
    • The Lost Language of Cranes
      The Lost Language of Cranes
      Season 20 - Episode 17
      David Leavitt's 1986 novel about a father and son who reveal that they are both homosexual, is reset from America to London for this BBC production.
    • Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl!
      Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl!
      Season 22 - Episode 10
      An all-star cast pays tribute to composer Jerry Herman in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The legendary Tony and GRAMMY Award-winning composer/lyricist is best known for such Broadway hits as Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles.
    • Cats
      Season 27 - Episode 3
      A performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats includes cast members from the original London and Broadway productions.
    • Jesus Christ Superstar
      Jesus Christ Superstar
      Season 29 - Episode 11
      A film adaptation of the Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera.
    • Elton John at the Royal Opera House
      Elton John at the Royal Opera House
      Season 31 - Episode 16
      On the occasion of the creation of the Elton John Scholarship Fund at the Royal Academy of Music, Elton John performs some of his greatest hits with a 90-piece orchestra, a five-piece electric band, and a choir of Royal Academy students. The concert raised more than $1 million for the scholarship fund. Filmed at the Royal Operal House in December 2002.moreless
    • Guys and Dolls off the Record
      Guys and Dolls off the Record
      Season 21 - Episode 4
      A look at the recording session as the cast of the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls reunites to make the cast album.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Orfeo ed Euridice
      Orfeo ed Euridice (English translation: Orpheus and Eurydice) is the most famous opera by comoser Christoph Willibald von Gluck. It is the mythical tale of Orfeo, who enters Hades to retrieve his dead wife. This production is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    • Carnegie Hall 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
      Featuring selections ranging from the 1944 ballet Fancy Free through West Side Story (1957) to his final opera A Quiet Place (1983), this video offers a virtual sound portrait of Leonard Bernstein's life. This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Programs in 2009.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Opening Night Gala Starring Renée Fleming
      The opening gala of the Metropolitan Opera's 2008-2009 season features soprano Renee Fleming in three of her favorite roles. Taped in September, 2008, at the opening of the Met's 125th season. Presented are fully staged acts of the following operas:Act II of Verdi's La Traviata (with Ramon Vargas and Thomas Hampson; Conductor, James Levine) Act III of Massenet's Manon (with Ramon Vargas and Dwayne Croft; Conductor, Marco Armiliato) Final scene of Strauss' Capriccio (with Michael Devlin; Conductor, Patrick Summers)moreless
    • Great Performances at the Met: Lucia di Lammermoor
      Gaetano Donizetti's opera about love and politics, and a woman who is driven to madness. This production is set in the Victorian era. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    • Great Performances at the Met: La Damnation de Faust
      Hector Berlioz's opera about making a deal with the Devil gets an updated look thanks to technology in media. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and Italian tenor Marcello Giordani star as young lovers faced with the persuasive and wicked Méphistophélès, played by Canadian bass-baritone John Relyea. The production is sung in French, with English subtitles.moreless
    • The Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala Concert
      The Israel Philharmonic, founded in 1936 to save Jewish musicians from the eminent holocaust, celebrates it's anniversary with a concert in Tel Aviv. The orchestra is conducted by Zubin Mehta, who was given the title, "Musical Director for Life" in 1981. The program was recorded at the Frederic R. Mann Auditorium in December 2006.moreless
    • Domingo, Netrebko & Villazón: Three Stars in Vienna
      Three opera icons--tenors Plácido Domingo and Rolando Villazón, and soprano Anna Netrebko--perform selections from such favorite works as The Merry Widow, Land of Smiles and El Gato Montes. Recorded June 27, 2008 at the Imperial Park of Vienna's Schönbrunn Summer Palace.
    • Great Performances at the Met: "Peter Grimes"
      Benjamin Britton's opera about a man who proclaims his innocence under accusation.
    • Noel Coward's Present Laughter
      Noel Coward's Present Laughter
      Season 45 - Episode 1
      Noel Coward's backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis amidst fawning ingenues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists.
    • Robert Altman's Jazz '34
      Robert Altman's Jazz '34
      Season 25 - Episode 13
      Harry Belafonte narrates a jazz companion to Director Robert Altman's film Kansas City. Jazz musicians in 1934 period garb perform on the set of the film. Selections from the concert were ultimately used in the film.
    • Dance in America: Everybody Dance Now
      Today's music videos are celebrated, including clips from performances from the early days of rock and roll to modern music videos. Choreographers and stars are interviewed.
    • From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013

      Julie Andrews returns to host the annual New Year's celebration featuring the Vienna Philharmonic. Musical selections highlight the Strauss family and their contemporaries. First telecast in 1959, the annual concert reaches music lovers in 72 countries through radio and television.

    • Indecent
      Season 45 - Episode 3
      A performance of Paula Vogel's play about the passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult circumstances.
    • Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical
      A performance of Irving Berlin's classic musical about romance at a seasonal inn in Connecticut. Songs include Songs include "Easter Parade" and "White Christmas."
    • Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do
      A portrait of Broadway legend Chita Rivera, who starred in "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Chicago," among other iconic plays. The retrospective features remarks from Dick Van Dyke, John Kander, Carol Lawrence and Ben Vereen; archival performance footage; and newly filmed songs from Rivera's concert repertoire, including "A Boy Like That," "America," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," "All That Jazz," and "Nowadays."moreless
    • The Little Prince
      The Little Prince
      Season 33 - Episode 14
      The Houston Grand Opera performs an opera by Rachel Portman based on the de Saint-Exupéry book. A downed pilot (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) meets a boy (Joseph McManners) who lives alone on a very small planet. The productions young stars, McManners and Mairead Carlin (The Rose) were found via a talent search that included 25,000 children.moreless
    • Cyrano de Bergerac
      Cyrano de Bergerac
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      In a performance of Edmond Rostand’s classic tale Cyrano wins the heart of the beautiful Roxanne for his tongue-tied friend, Christian.
    • Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3
      Superstar Eric Clapton brings together a host of talented musical artists for his third Crossroads Guitar Festival. The broadcast features highlights of the 11-hour concert that took place at Chicago's Toyota Park in June 2010.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Armida
      Renee Fleming takes on one of Rossini's most demanding roles in his opera, Armida, which takes place during the Crusades.
    • Vienna Philharmonic's Summer Night Concert 2010
      The world-renown Vienna Philharmonic performs at Austria's beautiful Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The evening's theme is "Moon, Planets and Stars," with selections including John Williams' "Star Wars," and Gustav Holst's "The Planets."
    • Alice in Wonderland
      Alice in Wonderland
      Season 12 - Episode 2
      Lewis Carroll's beloved book, brought to the stage in a Broadway revival, is taped and edited for Great Performances.
    • Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg
      Soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform scenes from operas in St. Petersburg's most beautiful palaces. Between performances Fleming and Hvorostovsky visit the city's scenic wonders while boating through St. Petersburg's canals.
    • Spike & Co: Do It A Cappella
      Spike & Co: Do It A Cappella
      Season 17 - Episode 1
      Hosts Spike Lee and Debbie Allen welcome to the stage a variety of a capella singing groups. The concert was taped before an audience at the Majestic Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
    • Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas
      Internationally renown tenor Andrea Bocelli returns to Great Performances accompanied by producer and arranger David Foster. A variety of genres are represented in the selection of Christmas music, as Bocelli performs solos and with guest performers.
    • Dance In America: Variety and Virtuosity: American Ballet Theater Now
      Excerpts from eight pieces show the variety and beauty of today's world of ballet, from "Swan Lake" to Cruel World."
    • Dance in America: The Wrecker's Ball---Three Dances by Paul Taylor
      Paul Taylor's choreography is highlighted in three pieces set in a theater in New York City called Danceland in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Carmen
      Bizet's opera of the gypsy, Carmen, and her passionate relationships with men gets a fresh take with this new production at the Met. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the conductor; Renée Fleming hosts. Elīna Garanča - Carmen Roberto Alagna - José Barbara Frittoli - Micaëla Teddy Tahu Rhodes - Escamillo
    • Great Performances at the Met: Hamlet
      Ambroise Thomas's opera is performed. The original 1856 book changed Shakespeare's ending, making Hamlet King. When the opera was first performed in London Thomas rewrote the ending keeping more in line with Shakespeare's version. This production combines the two endings. Performed in French with English surtitles.
    • La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris
      Acclaimed filmmaker Frederick Wiseman documents the Paris Opera Ballet company.
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler's 7th
      When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Riccardo Muti fell ill, former conductor Pierre Boulez took the baton for this performance, taped on October 16 and 17, 2010.
    • Sondheim! The Birthday Concert
      Sondheim! The Birthday Concert
      Season 39 - Episode 5
      Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, an all-star cast perform Sondheim songs in honor of his 80th birthday. Taped at Lincoln Center March 15 and 16, 2010.
    • Great Performances at the Met: La Fanciulla del West
      The Metropolitan Opera company presents the Puccini's La Fanciulla del West on the 100th anniversary of the opera's debut at the Met in 1910. The opera, set in a mining camp during the California Gold Rush, is performed in Italian with English subtitles.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Don Carlo
      Verdi's grand opera, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera company. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles. Cast: Deborah Voigt - Hostess Roberto Alagna - Don Carlo Marina Poplavskaya - Elisabeth de Valois Anna Smirnova - Princess Eboli Ferruccio Furlanetto - Philip II Simon Keenlyside - Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa Eric Halfvarson - the Grand Inquisitormoreless
    • Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium
      Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium
      Season 39 - Episode 12
      The iconic Billy Joel and his superstar guests were chosen to perform the last concert at New York's Shea Stadium before its 2008 demolition. Calling the concert "Last Play at Shae," Joel electrified the crowd with his biggest hit songs, and his guests, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney, each perform.moreless
    • Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles
      Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles
      Season 40 - Episode 36

      The great tenor Placido Domingo looks back on his illustrious career in this compilation of performance clips.

    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2011

      Distinguished conductor Valery Gergiev leads the third annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night concert in the Schoenbrunn Palace's magnificent baroque gardens.

    • A Concert for New York
      A Concert for New York
      Season 40 - Episode 38

      In remembrance and renewal, Great Performances presents A Concert for New York , performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 , led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center. The program is hosted by NBC News special correspondent and author Tom Brokaw.

    • Sondheim! The Birthday Concert
      Sondheim! The Birthday Concert
      Season 39 - Episode 5
      Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, an all-star cast perform Sondheim songs in honor of his 80th birthday. Taped at Lincoln Center March 15 and 16, 2010.
    • Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert
      An eclectic group of musicians perform some of the works that have made Carnegie Hall a major musical venue since its foundation in 1891. The New York Philharmonic is conducted by Alan Gilbert.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Capriccio

      Renée Fleming stars in Richard Strauss's opera about a widow who is pursued by two suitors.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Le Comte Ory

      For the first time in its history The Metropolitan Opera performsRossini's final comic masterpiece, Le Comte Ory.Renée Fleming hosts.Juan Diego Flórez stars as the title character.

    • Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz
      Jerome Robbins' urban ballet, set to a jazz score by Robert Prince, was originally performed in 1958. This film adaptation was shot in locations around New York City. Included is a 10-minute documentary about the origin and history of the work.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Iphigénie en Tauride
      Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera, widely considered his best, is based on a Greek myth of a woman dealing with her family's violent past. Performed in French with English subtitles.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Turandot
      Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's last, unfinished opera. Zeffirelli also designed the dazzling sets. This production premiered at the Met in 1987, and has been an audience favorite ever since. Andris Nelsons is the conductor. The production is sung in Italian with English surtitles.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
      Jacques Offenbach's French opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffman) is performed by the New York Metropolitan Opera. The production is sung in French with English subtitles.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Lucia di Lammermoor (2011)

      French sopranoNatalie Dessay returns in one of her greatest roles, last seen on Great Performances in a">2007 production.Gaetano Donizetti's opera is the story of a woman driven to madness at being forced to marry a man she does not love.

      Also starsJoseph Callejaas Edgardo. RenéeFleming serves as hostess.

    • The Gospel at Colonus
      The Gospel at Colonus
      Season 14 - Episode 2
      Adapted from Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, this production is set in an African American Pentecostal church. Much of the music is performed by Gospel music groups the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the J. D. Steele Singers, and J. J. Farley and the Original Soul Stirrers.
    • Rigoletto from Mantua
      Rigoletto from Mantua
      Season 39 - Episode 19

      Giuseppe Verdi's famous opera was recorded in Mantua, Italy, in sites, and even times of day, specified in the opera's libretto. The ambitious production was aired live worldwide in September 2010, and this film is the result.

    • Celebracion! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil with Juan Diego Florez
      The Los Angeles Philharmonic opens their season with a concert featuring Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez. Music Director Gustavo Dudamel chose Latin classical selections for this performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes is the hostess for the evening.
    • Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends
      Music producer David Foster follows his previous Great Performances concert, 2008's Hitman: David Foster and Friends with this concert, filmed in Las Vegas in October 2010.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Don Pasquale
      New York's Metropolitan Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, Don Pasquale. Renown Russian soprano Anna Netrebko shines as Norina, the clever romantic heroine. Matthew Polenzani portrays the lovelorn Ernesto, Mariusz Kwiecien is Dr. Malatesta, and John Del Carlo plays the title character, Don Pasquale. Austrian director Otto Schenk directs the stage production.moreless
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2011
      The Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year's program is the largest world-wide event in classical music reaching over a billion people in 72 countries through radio and television. Franz Welser-Möst is guest conductor. Welser-Möst is Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, and General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera. Once again the orchestra plays the much-loved waltzes of the Strauss family, highlighted by visual scenes from Vienna landmarks.moreless
    • Celebración! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil with Juan Diego Flórez
      The Los Angeles Philharmonic opens their season with a concert featuring Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez. Music Director Gustavo Dudamel chose Latin classical selections for this performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes is the hostess for the evening.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Boris Godunov
      Mussorgsky's Russian masterpiece was adapted from a play by Alexander Pushkin about the 16th-century tsar, Boris Godunov. This performance is based on the 1875 version of the opera, but has reinstated some songs from the original 1869 version. Valery Gergiev conducts the orchestra.
    • Harry Connick Jr., In Concert on Broadway
      Harry Connick Jr. performs in his trademark New Orleans style at New York's Neil Simon Theater. Connick is accompanied by his full band and a 12-piece string section. This performance was taped live in July 2010.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Aida
      Opera star Renée Fleming hosts this new production of Verdi's Aida. Set in Egypt, this production was choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, artist-in-residence with American Ballet Theatre and former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet.
    • Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
      Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
      Season 42 - Episode 9
      Highlights from the career of tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), including "Nessun dorma"; arias from "La Bohème," "Rigoletto" and "Aida"; "Mamma"; "O Sole Mio"; and duets with Bono, Eric Clapton, Sting and Vanessa Williams.
    • Barbra Steisand: Back to Brooklyn
      Barbra Steisand: Back to Brooklyn
      Season 42 - Episode 8
      Barbra Streisand performs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where she's backed by a 60-piece orchestra and joined by Il Volo, Chris Botti and son Jason Gould. Selections include "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "The Way We Were-Through the Eyes of Love," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Evergreen," "People," "Somewhere," "Some Other Time" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," as well as "Make Our Garden Grow" with Il Vote, Botti, Gould and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.moreless
    • The Hollow Crown: Henry V
      The Hollow Crown: Henry V
      Season 42 - Episode 4
      The "Hollow Crown" chronicle concludes with Shakespeare's "Henry V," in which the young monarch (Tom Hiddleston) sets out to conquer France. The cast includes Anton Lesser as Exerter; Paterson Joseph as York; and John Hurt as the Chorus.
    • The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2
      The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2
      Season 42 - Episode 3
      Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 2" chronicles the rise of Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), who at the start of the history play is again on the outs with his father, the increasingly frail Henry IV (Jeremy Irons). In other events, the Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts to separate the licentious Falstaff from the prince; and Henry IV faces yet another rebellion. Michelle Dockery appears as Lady Percy.moreless
    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013
      Under the baton of Lorin Maazel, the Vienna Philharmonic perform its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. The gala celebrates what would have been the 200th birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner; and features tenor Michael Schade. Also: performances of Johann Strauss' "Wiener Blut" waltz and "Long Live the Magyar!" quick polka.moreless
    • Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell
      Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, perform in Riverside, Cal. Included: "Katie Mae"; "Jubilation Day"; "Get Along Stray Dog"; "Yes She Did"; "Love Has Come for You"; "The Crow"; "Fighter"; "Hunger"; "Atheists Don't Have No Songs"; "The Great Remember"; "Sun's Gonna Shine"; "When You Get to Asheville"; "Pretty Little One"; "Auden's Train"; "The Dance at the Wedding"; "Remember Me This Way"; "Another Round-So Long Now"; and "Daddy Played the Banjo."moreless
    • Madama Butterfly
      Madama Butterfly
      Season 42 - Episode 17
      A cinematic adaptation of Puccini's 1904 opera "Madama Butterfly,". The work tells the story of a Nagasaki geisha (Mirella Freni) who is abandoned by the U.S. Navy officer (Placido Domingo) she loves. Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. Suzuki: Christa Ludwig. Sharpless: Robert Kerns. Goro: Michel Senechal. Yamadori: Giorgio Stendoro.moreless
    • Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl
      Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Verdi's "Requiem Mass" at the Hollywood Bowl. The performance features soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.
    • Cats
      Season 42 - Episode 6
      Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," starring Elaine Paige as faded "glamor cat" Grizabella; John Mills as Gus, the Theatre Cat, and Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy. The performance includes Paige's showstopping turn on the ballad "Memory." Filmed and staged for TV at London's Adelphi Theatre in August 1997.
    • Star-Spangled Spectacular: The Bicentennial of Our National Anthem
      Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Marin Alsop, perform at this salute to "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion. Also on tap: Little Big Town; Pentatonix; STOMP; and Train. The program includes ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine; and a fireworks display. John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks host.moreless
    • Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman
      Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman
      Season 42 - Episode 3
      Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot perform liturgical and traditional works with the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Rejoice Chamber Orchestra, including "Yism'Khu," "A Dudele," "A Yidishe Mame" and "Sheyibone Beys Hamikdosh." Other selections include "Rumenische Doyne," "Shoyfer Shel Moshiakh" and "Adir Hu-Moyshe Emes." Also: reminiscences from Joel Grey, Neil Sedaka and Elie Wiesel.moreless
    • Die Fledermaus
      Die Fledermaus
      Season 42 - Episode 3
      Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus," performed by the Vienna State Opera in German with English subtitles. Maestro Karl Bohm conducts. Gundula Janowitz, Eberhard Wachter. Adele: Renate Holm. Alfred: Waldemar Kmentt.
    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014
      Conductor Christoph Eschenbach leads the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, which features pianist Lang Lang on Richard Strauss' "Burleske" and Mozart's "Turkish March." Other selections include "Mazeppa" by Franz Liszt; the "Benvenuto Cellini" overture by Hector Berlioz; "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" by Richard Strauss; and the "Wiener Blut" waltz and "Furioso-Polka" by Johann Strauss II.moreless
    • Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still
      The story of Jacob's Pillow, a dance-education center in Beckett, Mass., is mixed with goings-on at its annual festival, including performances by such troupes as Chunky Move and Stockholm 59° North. Included: archival footage from the 1930s and '40s; and remarks from choreographers and dancers Merce Cunningham, Suzanne Farrell, Frederic Franklin, Bill Irwin, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris and Paul Taylor.moreless
    • Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
      Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
      Season 42 - Episode 18
      Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" ballet, about a young woman (Hannah Vassallo) who endures a decades-long slumber, is given a Gothic spin by choreographer Matthew Bourne, who also starts the story in 1890 and has it span the 20th century.
    • Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

      Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers, and Boz Scaggs join forces super group The Dukes of September for this concert, taped at Lincoln Center in New York City. The performers pay tribute to the R&B style that inspired them as some of their greatest hits.

    • 40th Anniversary Celebration
      40th Anniversary Celebration
      Season 42 - Episode 5

      Great Performances celebrates 40 years on public television with this eclectic concert. A stellar line-up of artists who have been featured through the years return to perform and reminisce about this program that gives viewers a front-row seat to the performing arts. Recorded in November 2012 at Lincoln Center.

    • Henry V
      Henry V
      Season 42 - Episode 4

      Ascending to the throne left by his father, Henry IV, the former Prince Hal, now King Henry V, must battle the French as well as his inner demons. This is the fourth and final film in the series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays.

    • Henry IV, Part 2
      Henry IV, Part 2
      Season 42 - Episode 3

      The third film in the series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays, Henry IV, Part 2 continues the story of King Henry IV, his son, Prince Hal, and the Prince's companion Falstaff.

    • The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1
      The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1
      Season 42 - Episode 2

      The second in the film series, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays, Henry IV, Part 1 tells the story of King Henry and his rebellious son, Prince Hal.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Giulio Cesare

      Handel's most famous opera is presented with David Daniels and Natalie Dessay in starring roles. Soprano Renée Fleming hosts.

    • Moby Dick From San Francisco Opera
      Moby Dick From San Francisco Opera
      Season 42 - Episode 6

      Herman Melville’s novel is brought to musical fulfillment with this multi-media opera from composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.

    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014

      The Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert returns for its 30th broadcast on PBS. As always, musical selections are from the Strauss family and their contemporaries. A performance by the Vienna State Ballet is featured, set in the recently renovated City Palace. Hostess Julie Andrews gives viewers a tour of a few of Vienna's famous sites, including the Wiener Musikverein Concert Hall, the Porcelain Museum and The Sigmund Freud Museum.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Eugene Onegin (2014)

      The Metropolitan Opera opened their 2013-2014 season in September, 2013 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the story of a love triangle set in 1800s Russia. Performers include Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin, Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, the woman who loves him, and Piotr Beczala as Onegin's friend turned rival.

    • Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

      The program features highlights from the 1992 concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's debut album. A variety of performers sing Dylan's songs, culminating with a performance by Dylan himself. Includes scenes from backstage as well as clips of Dylan from the last 30 years and interviews with the night's performers.

    • Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

      Multi-talented performer Steve Martin presents an evening of Blue Grass and American Roots music along with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Featured songs are from Martin and Brickell’s album “Love Has Come For You" (the title song won a 2014 Grammy in the American Roots song category), his album with the Steep Canyon Rangers "Rare Bird Alert," and Martin's solo album "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo."

    • Sting: The Last Ship
      Sting: The Last Ship
      Season 42 - Episode 13

      Singer Sting sings songs from his latest album, The Last Ship, introducing a musical play of the same name that will open on Broadway later this year. The songs tell a narrative of Sting's boyhood home, the shipbuilding community of Wallsend, outside Newcastle in Northeast England.

    • National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage
      National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage
      Season 42 - Episode 12

      A look back at ten of the most celebrated shows in the fifty-year history of Great Britain's National Theatre. Segments of each production are restaged for this event. Performances include Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Rosengrantz and Gildenstern are Dead and Dame Judi Dench singing "Send in the Clowns" in an exerpt from A Little Night Music.

    • Barrymore
      Season 42 - Episode 11

      Christopher Plummer recreates the role he originated on the Broadway stage in this film adaptation. Set in 1942, during the final months of his life, the great actor John Barrymore is trying to find backers for a Broadway comeback. But times and tastes have changed, and his excesses have taken their toll on him through the years.

    • Encore! Great Performances at the Met
      Memorable arias and duets from the first eight seasons of "Great Performances at the Met" are spotlighted, including performances by Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann and Deborah Voigt, who also hosts. Other performers include Piotr Beczala, Diana Damrau, Mariusz Kwiecien, Peter Mattei, Anna Netrebko, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky and Bryn Terfel.moreless
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2015
      The Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, and the Vienna State Ballet celebrate the New Year at Vienna's Musikverein with a concert that features selections by the Strauss family. Julie Andrews hosts.
    • American Voices With Renée Fleming
      An overview of the Renée Fleming-hosted American Voices festival, which took place in November 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and featured Eric Owens, Dianne Reeves, Alison Krauss, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Sutton Foster and Kim Burrell imparting tips to beginners in one-on-one mentoring sessions. The artists also took part in a concert that also featured Kurt Elling, Josh Groban, Norm Lewis and the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Steven Reineke.moreless
    • Bel Canto the Opera
      Bel Canto the Opera
      Season 44 - Episode 6
      An American opera diva is among the hostages taken when terrorists storm a diplomatic gathering in Lima, Peru; and, during the months-long crisis, unexpected alliances form between the captors and captives. Adapted from Ann Patchett's novel "Bel Canto," the opera features a score is by Jimmy López and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz.moreless
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2017
      The Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel, celebrate the New Year at Vienna's Musikverein with a concert that features Strauss family favorites. Julie Andrews hosts.
    • The Hollow Crown: Richard III
      The Hollow Crown: Richard III
      Season 44 - Episode 4
      William Shakespeare's "Richard III" chronicles the royal's bloody rise to the throne and short reign.
    • The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II
      William Shakespeare's "Henry VI, Part II" finds a feeble King Henry overshadowed by Queen Margaret; and Edward IV ascending to the throne while his youngest brother, Richard, has designs on the crown.
    • New York City Ballet in Paris
      New York City Ballet in Paris
      Season 44 - Episode 9
      An all-Balanchine program of ballet masterpieces includes the "Walpurgisnacht Ballet" and "La Valse.
    • New York City Ballet Symphony in C
      New York City Ballet Symphony in C
      Season 44 - Episode 10
      Two Balanchine ballets are performed by the New York City Ballet: "Symphony in C," set to the Bizet piece; and "Sonatine," set to the music of Ravel. From Paris.
    • Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars with the LA Phil
      Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic are joined at the Hollywood Bowl by guitarist Angel Romero, bandoneon player Seth Asarnow and dancers from Tango Buenos Aires for performances of works by Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera and Lalo Schifrin. Selections include Schifrin's "Concierto de la Amistad (Concerto of Friendship)"; Ginastera's "Estancia" ballet; and Piazzolla's "Tangazo."moreless
    • She Loves Me
      She Loves Me
      Season 44 - Episode 17
      Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who don't realize they're romantic pen pals.
    • Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017
      Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017
      Season 44 - Episode 15
      A celebration of the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards honorees for 2017, including Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground. Performers include Caesar and Pride; the Velvet Underground's John Cale and Maureen "Moe" Tucker; Kirk Franklin; Le'Andria Johnson; Randy Newman; Vernon Reid; Catherine Russell; Valerie Simpson; Russell Thompkins Jr.; Neal McCoy; Dionne Warwick; Charlie Wilson; and Dwight Yoakam.moreless
    • Havana Time Machine
      Havana Time Machine
      Season 44 - Episode 14
      An intoxicating musical journey to today's Cuba where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration. This performance-documentary also features evocative performance segments hosted by the Grammy-winning Raul Malo of The Mavericks.
    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017
      Conductor Christoph Eschenbach leads the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. The soloist is Renée Fleming, who sings two arias from Antonin Dvorák operas and three songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Also on tap are selections from Tchaïkovsky, Humperdinck, John Williams, Stravinsky and Johann Strauss II.moreless
    • Young Men
      Young Men
      Season 44 - Episode 12
      The World War I experience is set to dance in this Balletboyz production shot on location in Northern France. The story follows a young soldier and his squadron from basic training to combat and their ultimate fates. Following the film is "The Making of Young Men," which features interviews with creators Michael Nunn and William Trevitt; choreographer Iván Pérez; and singer-songwriter Keaton Henson, who composed the score.moreless
    • The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I
      The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I
      Season 44 - Episode 2
      Shakespeare's "Henry VI, Part I" finds England in crisis: war rages; and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Adding to the tension: young Henry VI's marriage to Margaret of Anjou.
    • Hamilton's America
      Hamilton's America
      Season 44 - Episode 2
      A look at the creation of "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton. Included: excerpts from the New York production with its original cast; and trips to Mount Vernon and Valley Forge with Miranda and other cast members.
    • Grammy Salute to Music Legends
      Grammy Salute to Music Legends
      Season 44 - Episode 1
      A celebration of the Recording Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients Linda Ronstadt, Fred Foster, John Cage, Ruth Brown, Jefferson Airplane, Celia Cruz, Run-DMC, Chris Strachwitz, Herbie Hancock, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Performers include J.D. Souther; Lila Downs and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano; Martina McBride; Kris Kristofferson; Shelby Lynne; Patti Austin; Jefferson Airplane; Andy Garcia; Naughty By Nature; Herbie Hancock; and Earth, Wind & Fire. From the Dolby Theatre in L.A.moreless
    • Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons Inaugural Concert
      Conductor Andris Nelsons' first concert leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The program features soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who each perform selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires. Recorded September 27, 2014.
    • Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert
      Annie Lennox performs songs from her 2014 "Nostalgia" album in this concert from L.A., including "Memphis in June," "Georgia on My Mind," "I Put a Spell on You," "Summertime" and "Mood Indigo," in addition to "Here Comes the Rain Again" and "Why." Also on tap: "I Cover the Waterfront"; "Strange Fruit"; "God Bless the Child"; "September in the Rain"; and "The Nearness of You."moreless
    • Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato
      A performance of choreographer Mark Morris' acclaimed "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato," set to Handel's Baroque masterpiece of the same name, at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Mikhail Baryshnikov hosts.
    • Bryan Adams in Concert
      Bryan Adams in Concert
      Season 42 - Episode 11
      Bryan Adams performs his greatest hits and selections from his 2014 "Tracks of My Years" album, including the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody." Also: "Run to You"; "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"; "Cuts Like a Knife"; "Summer of '69"; "Heaven"; "It's Only Love"; "Straight From the Heart"; and "All for Love."moreless
    • La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema
      Memorable themes from Italian cinema written by such composers as Luis Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota are performed by the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Alan Gilbert, with Josh Groban, Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell. The concert includes selections from "Amarcord" (Rota); "The Anonymous Venetian" (Cipriani); "Cinema Paradiso" (Morricone); "City of Women" (Bacalov); "Profumo di Donna" (Armando Trovajoli); and "Mondo Cane" (Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero).moreless
    • Driving Miss Daisy
      Driving Miss Daisy
      Season 42 - Episode 15
      A production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Driving Miss Daisy," about a 72-year-old woman in mid-20th century Atlanta who, after her son takes away her car keys, forges a bond with her black chauffeur. Filmed in Melbourne, Australia.
    • Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration With the LA Phil
      Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic celebrate composer John Williams. The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets help perform "Olympic Fanfare and Theme," from the 1984 Olympics; and violinist Itzhak Perlman joins for three selections from "Schindler's List." Interspersed throughout the performance: a conversation between Williams and Dudamel; and archival interview footage. Also: pieces from "Catch Me if You Can," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Star Wars." Natalie Portman hosts.moreless
    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015
      Conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. Pianist Rudolf Buckbinder is featured on Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor and Alfred Grünfeld's "Soirée de Vienne," which was inspired by the waltzes of Johann Strauss. Other selections include Richard Strauss' "Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare"; Christian Sinding's "Rustle of Spring"; and Johann Strauss II's "Wiener Blut" waltz.moreless
    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016
      Conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the Vienna Philharmonic in its traditional open-air concert at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens; the soloists are French piano duo (and sisters) Katia and Marielle Labèque. Selections include "Farandole" from George Bizet's "L'Arlésienne"; Francis Poulenc's 1932 Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D Minor; Ravel's "Bolero"; Offenbach's "Infernal Galop"; and Johann Strauss II's "Wiener Blut" waltz.moreless
    • Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration
      Joan Baez celebrates her 75th birthday with help from David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson in this concert from New York's Beacon Theater. Included: "Blackbird"; "She Moved Through the Fair"; "Catch the Wind"; "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"; "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"; "Before the Deluge"; "Diamonds & Rust"; "The Boxer"; and "Forever Young."moreless
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016
      The Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Mariss Jansons, Vienna Boys Choir and Vienna State Ballet celebrate the New Year at Vienna's Musikverein with a concert that features Strauss family favorites. Julie Andrews hosts.
    • Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
      Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
      Season 43 - Episode 3
      From the Dolby Theatre in L.A., Andrea Bocelli performs songs from such films as "Doctor Zhivago," "Love Story" and "The Godfather." He duets, via digital wizardry, with Ariana Grande on "E più ti penso" from "Once Upon a Time in America"; and, in person, Nicole Scherzinger on "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from "Evita." John Travolta, Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw and Andy Garcia also join him on stage to discuss the movies the songs are from.moreless
    • Billy Elliot the Musical Live
      Billy Elliot the Musical Live
      Season 43 - Episode 1
      A West End production of the Elton John-Lee Hall musical about an English lad who skips boxing lessons in favor of ballet class. Liam Mower, the first to play Elliot on stage in the 2005, returns as Older Billy; and the finale features 25 current and former Billy Elliots.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Francesca da Rimini

      This production of Riccardo Zandonai’s masterpiece sets the star-crossed lovers in Renaissance Italy. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and Italian tenor Marcello Giordani as Francesca and Paolo, and American Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky hosts the broadcast.

    • Monsignor Quixote
      Monsignor Quixote
      Season 15 - Episode 1

      Sir Alec Guiness stars as Father Quixote, a simple man and parish priest of sleepy El Toboso. The Ancestor of the legendary Don Quixote, the father leads an uneventful life far removed from the exploits of his distant relative - until a chance encounter with a traveling bishop promotes him to the rank of Monsignor. To prepare for his new responsibilities, Quixote sets off on a road trip with his best friend Sancho Zancas (Leo McKern), ex-town mayor and diehard Communist.

      What begins as a casual vacation soon turns into an adventure of discovery for the naive priest. From a wayward kidnapper to a secluded bordello, from a lewd film house to the ever-present, ever-watchful militia, Quixote encounters a host of hilarious oddities with Sancho as his earthy guide. But when the quiet Quixote come face-to-face with the rediculous antics of one small village, he can remain passive no longer. He assumes the courage and fury of his demented naesake to "tilt at the windmills" and do battle with evil.

    • James Taylor: One Man Band
      James Taylor: One Man Band
      Season 36 - Episode 9
      James Taylor performs his 2007-2008 tour, One Man Band. Taylor's greatest hit songs are interspersed with personal anecdotes and home movies.
    • Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk
      Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk
      Season 40 - Episode 4

      Actor and musician Hugh Laurie performs a variety of tunes, accompanying himself, along with a group of New Orleans' best musicians, while recounting his history with the music of the region. The program includes scenes of Laurie touring the historic city.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Il Trovatore

      This production of Verdi's famous operafeaturing Marcelo Álvarez,Sondra Radvanovsky,Dolora ZajickandDmitri Hvorostovskyearned rave reviews during it's run at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

    • Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp

      The critically acclaimed Miami City Ballet company performs three signature pieces:Balanchine's "Square Dance" and "Western Symphony" and Tharp's "The Golden Section."

    • Il Postino from LA Opera
      Il Postino from LA Opera
      Season 40 - Episode 6

      Placido Domingo is featured in this world premier of Daniel Catan'sopera based on the 1994 Academy Award winning film of the same name. The opera, sung in Spanish, was performed in October 2010 at theDorothy Chandler Pavilion.

    • Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park

      Tenor Andrea Bocelli's "gift to New York" was a free concert in Central Park on a rainy, cold, yet magical evening. The concert is considered to be acareer milestone for Bocelli, as thousands faced the weather to hear their favorite performer, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic.

    • Great Performances at the Met: L’Elisir d’Amore

      Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Matthew Polenzani are featured in Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love).

    • Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey
      Paul Simon's Graceland Journey
      Season 41 - Episode 10

      Cameras follow singer Paul Simon as he returns to South Africa and the roots of his groundbreaking album, Graceland. The documentary recalls the making of the album and its impact on music and culture.

    • Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
      Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
      Season 41 - Episode 9

      This documentary by Michael Kantor explores the tremendous impact Jewish Americans have had on the Broadway musical. Clips from 50 years of stage musicals are included.

    • Magical Mystery Tour Revisited
      Magical Mystery Tour Revisited
      Season 41 - Episode 7

      The story behind the Beatles surreal, imaginative 1967 film is told in interviews, outtakes, and clips of the film itself. Interviewees include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the late John Lennon and George Harrison in previous interviews.

    • The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour
      The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour
      Season 41 - Episode 6

      This surreal film made by the Beatles has rarely been seen since it's poorly received original broadcast on BBC One in 1967. The film has been fully restored, giving it's well-known songs such as "The Fool on the Hill" and "I Am the Walrus" the setting that was intended.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Otello

      Verdi's operatic version of Shakespeare's tragedy is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera company.

    • Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino
      Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino
      Season 41 - Episode 13

      Andrea Bocelli returns to Great Performances, performing internationally favorite love songs in the romantic setting of Portofino, Italy.

    • Great Performances at the Met: The Tempest

      Contemporary British composer Thomas Adès conducts as the Met performs a new production of his English language opera, The Tempest, based on Shakespeare's play.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Les Troyens

      The Met performs a rare revival of Berlioz's Les Troyens. Based on Virgil's Aeneid, the opera tells of the adventures of a Trojan war hero.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Aida
      Great Performances at the Met: Aida
      Season 41 - Episode 19

      Verdi's Aida is performed in epic style by over 200 members of the Met's company.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

      Verdi's classic opera of political intrigue and unattainable love is performed.

    • Great Performances at the Met: La Clemenza di Tito

      The company performs a rare revival of Mozart's opera set in ancient Rome. Includes backstage interviews with the cast.

    • Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris
      Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris
      Season 41 - Episode 15

      Legend of modern dance, Paul Taylor, takes his famed dance company to Paris, marking the 50th anniversary of the company's first appearance there. Pieces include many of Taylor's masterpieces from the last 50 years.

    • Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby
      Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby
      Season 41 - Episode 5

      Rod Stewart performs a collection of holiday songs from his album, Merry Christmas, Baby.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Wagner’s Ring Cycle

      This acclaimed new production of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen airs on four consecutive nights, September 11-14, 2012. This is only the third time the complete work has aired on PBS. It is accompanied by a documentary, airing before the first installment.

    • Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses
      Paul McCartney's Live Kisses
      Season 41 - Episode 3

      Paul McCartney performs selections from his new album, Kisses On The Bottom at a concert in Los Angeles.

    • Let Me Down Easy
      Let Me Down Easy
      Season 40 - Episode 13

      Actress and producerAnna Deavere Smith takes on the personas of 19 different characters in this unique one-woman play. The monologues come from interviews conducted by Smith with both famous andnon-famouspeople. These portraits, which weave together and build on each other, deal for the most part with sickness, health care, and the frailty of the human body.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Anna Bolena

      The Metropolitan Opera company performsDonizetti'sAnna Bolena, which tells the story of the last days of Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII.

    • Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin

      Gustavo Dudamel, Musical Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Herbie Hancock,Creative Chair for Jazz, join together to perform George Gershwin. Gershwin's pieces are known for combining classical and jazz music. Selections include Rhapsody in Blue and An American In Paris.

    • From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2012

      Julie Andrews returns to host the grand celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic featuring the music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries, including Tschaikowsky.

    • The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet

      Acclaimed choreographerJohn Neumeierbrought together dance, storytelling and spectacle to create this unique telling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic. Performed in May 2011 at theSan Francisco War Memorial Opera House and filmed with eight cameras in high definition.

    • The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

      This adaptation of the stage production is a tribute toYiddish theater pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony. Music from the Yiddish theater is performed, interwoven with anecdotes from Boris and Bessie's memoirs.

    • San Francisco Symphony at 100
      San Francisco Symphony at 100
      Season 40 - Episode 15

      This performance marks the opening night gala of the San Francisco Symphony's centennial season. Hosted by Bay Area resident Amy Tan, the evening includes performances by violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Lang Lang as well as pieces performed by the symphony, including works by San Francisco artists. The history of the orchestra is also explored.

    • Memphis
      Season 40 - Episode 15

      The Tony award winning Broadway musical is performed by the original principal cast.

    • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2012

      This outdoor concert in the gardens of Vienna's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace revolves around the theme of "Dances and Waves." The Vienna Ballet danced along with some of the selections.

    • Great Performances at the Met: The Enchanted Island

      This new production of an original work features characters from several of Shakespeare's plays.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Faust
      Great Performances at the Met: Faust
      Season 40 - Episode 19

      A new production of Gounod's Faust is performed by the Metropolitan Opera's company and three of the opera world's biggest stars, Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya and René Pape.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Rodelinda

      A revival of Handel's Rodelinda is performed, featuring opera superstar Renée Fleming.

    • Great Performances at the Met: Don Giovanni

      A new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera.

    • Great Performances at the Met: The Audition
      Award-winning film maker Susan Froemke's documentary of the week leading up to the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. The final group of talented and hopeful singers prepare and perform for the tough group of judges.
    • Passing Strange
      Passing Strange
      Season 38 - Episode 7
      Spike Lee directed this film version of the award-winning Broadway rock musical. Writer and narrator, Stew, tells a semi-autobiographical story of a young black man who leaves his middle class home in the 1970s to travel to Europe to find himself.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2010
      Julie Andrews returns for her second year hosting the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's celebration. The orchestra continues its tradition of performing Strauss waltzes, marches and polkas. Taped sequences are included showcasing beautiful European locations.
    • The Queen's Jubilee Gala: Live from Buckingham Palace
      Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee begins with this concert celebration. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and others perform classical favorites from the grounds of Her Majesty's London residence, Buckingham Palace. Performers include clarinetist Julian Bliss, Pianist Ashley Wass, and dancers from the Royal Ballet.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2002
      Host Walter Cronkite returns as the Vienna Philharmonic performs of Strauss family waltzes and polkas. Performances include the Lipizzaner horses in several equestrian ballets.
    • `The Nutcracker' from the Royal Ballet
      Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet tells the story of a young girl's holiday fantasy, involving a nutcracker, fairies, toy soldiers and an army of mice. The performace takes place in London's Covent Garden Opera House.
    • The Art of Violin
      The Art of Violin
      Season 30 - Episode 5
      The greatest violinists of the 20th century are featured in archival footage and contemporary performances.
    • Shaolin: Wheel of Life
      Shaolin: Wheel of Life
      Season 30 - Episode 3
      Shaolin Monks tell the history of their Temple using martial arts, music and lighting.
    • Romeo and Juliet
      Romeo and Juliet
      Season 30 - Episode 11
      A film version of Charles François Gounod's opera, Romeo and Juliet is featured. The movie was filmed entirely on location in the Czech Republic and in the Czech language. The Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anton Guadagno, accompanies. The cast includes: Tito Beltrán: Tybalt Pavel Novák: Mercutio Jan Sváb: Lord Capulet Daniel Lipnik: Friar Lawrence Marcel Acquarone: Paris Vratislav Kríz: Voice of Mercutio Ales Hendrych: Voice of Lord Capulet Frantisek Zahradíèek: Voice of Friar Lawrence Zdenìk Harvánek: Voice of Parismoreless
    • Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Istanbul
      In one of a series of Great Performances' International Concerts, the Berlin Philharmonic performs in the historic Byzantine Church of the Holy Peace, on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Soloist Emmanuel Pahud is featured.
    • `The Merry Widow' from the San Francisco Opera
      Franz Lehár's opera with new dialogue from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein bring us a story of elegant ladies and courtly gentlemen in turn-of-the-century Paris.

      Principle players include Yvonne Kenny as Anna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Bo Skovhus as Count Danilo Danilovitch, Angelika Kirchschlager as Valencienne, and Gregory Turay as Camille de Rosillon.moreless
    • Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows
      Natalie Cole performs songs from her album, "Ask a Woman Who Knows." Taped in London.
    • Josh Groban in Concert
      Josh Groban in Concert
      Season 31 - Episode 4
      Singing sensation Josh Groban performs at the Pasadena Civic Center. William Ross conducts the orchestra. Zachary Provost is Musical Director.
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2002
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2002
      Season 31 - Episode 3
      Peter Jennings hosts as the Chicago Symphany Orchestra performs music inspired by Spain. Features the works of Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel.
    • Making `The Misfits'
      Making `The Misfits'
      Season 31 - Episode 2
      Stunning behind-the-scenes photographs take the viewer inside the 1961 film, The Misfits, which would be the last film for it's stars, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Commentators include author Arthur Miller and surviving members of the cast and crew.
    • Dance in America: Holo Mai Pele
      Dance in America: Holo Mai Pele
      Season 30 - Episode 1
      The Halau O Kekuhi dance company reenacts the Hawaiian legend of Pele and her rivalry with her sister Hi'iaka with traditional Hawaiian dance and chants. Narrated by Luana Busby-Neff.
    • One Night with Rod Stewart
      One Night with Rod Stewart
      Season 33 - Episode 12
      Rod Steward performs songs from his third "Great American Songbook" album entitled, Stardust at London's Royal Albert Hall.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2005
      The Vienna Philharmonic performs Strauss waltzes and polkas in Great Performances' 21st New Year's Day visit to Vienna. Includes a performance by the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Featured soloists are Vladimir Malakhov, Polina Semionova, and Giuseppe Picone. Walter Cronkite returns as host.
    • Bill Irwin: Clown Prince
      Bill Irwin: Clown Prince
      Season 33 - Episode 8
      This documentary explores how Bill Irwin, actor, playwright, director, choreographer and clown, creates his unique brand of performance theater. Features highlights of performances and interviews with Irwin and some of his costars.
    • Hayley Westenra: Live from New Zealand
      Seventeen-year-old New Zealand vocal sensation Hayley Westenra performs live from Wellington. Haley is joined by baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Sophie Westenra, the Elim Gospel Choir, the Musical Island Boys, The Wellington Cathedral Choir and the Te Korowai Dance Group.
    • Josh Groban: Live at the Greek
      Josh Groban: Live at the Greek
      Season 33 - Episode 5
      Josh Groban performs selections from his second album, "Closer," live from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
    • Cook, Dixon & Young in Concert
      Cook, Dixon & Young in Concert
      Season 33 - Episode 17
      Tenors Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon and Thomas Young perform a variety of musical genres, including opera, gospel, traditional spirituals, jazz and Broadway show tunes.
    • From the Acropolis: A Salute to the Games with the Berlin Philharmonic
      The Berlin Philharmonic concert opening the Hellenic Cultural Festival, coinciding with and honoring the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
    • John Lennon's Jukebox
      John Lennon's Jukebox
      Season 33 - Episode 1
      This retrospective explores John Lennon's musical influences by revealing the music in his record collection. Featured songs are those found on a jukebox Lennon owned in the 1960s.
    • Andrea Bocelli: Tribute on Ice
      Andrea Bocelli: Tribute on Ice
      Season 33 - Episode 11
      Bocelli and guests sing while champion skaters take to the ice.
    • Great Performances at the Met: "Eugene Onegin"
      Tchaikovsky's opera based on Alexander Pushkin's poem is performed under the direction of conductor Valery Gergiev.
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1999
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1999
      Season 28 - Episode 1
      The music of Richard Strauss is featured. Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Parsifal: The Search for the Grail
      Parsifal: The Search for the Grail
      Season 27 - Episode 17
      Wagner's opera, Parsifal, is celebrated. Portions of the Kirov Opera production are featured, starring Placido Domingo.
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004
      Season 33 - Episode 2
      The Philadelphia Orchestra performs at the opening concert of the season at Carnegie Hall. Special guests are Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration (2003)
      Great Performances continues the tradition of presenting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in its New Years Day concert. Strauss waltzes are featured, including "By the Beautiful Blue Danube" and "Radetzky March." The Vienna State Opera Ballet also performs.
    • Dance in America: Born to Be Wild
      Dance in America: Born to Be Wild
      Season 31 - Episode 8
      This performance documentary follows four male ballet dancers, each from a different country, as they rehearse a work choreographed especially for them. They perform the piece at the end of the program.
    • Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, A Life in Animation
      A celebration of legendary animator Chuck Jones with clips of many of his classic Warner Bros. cartoons and interviews with famous fans.
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2000
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2000
      Season 29 - Episode 1
      The Cleveland Orchestra featuring pianist Maurizio Pollini perform music by Schumann and Brahms. Taped at New York's Carnegie Hall on October 3, 2000.
    • Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Krakow
      The Berlin Philharmonic performs works by Mozart, Chopin and Schumann. Taped in Krakow, Poland at St. Mary's Church.
    • `La Traviata' from Paris
      `La Traviata' from Paris
      Season 28 - Episode 17
      Verdi's 1853 masterpiece taped in June 2000 in various Paris locations.
    • Can't Stop Now
      Can't Stop Now
      Season 28 - Episode 16
      Members of Netherland's Dance Theater 3 in The Hague, all of whom are over 40, are seen in rehearsal, performance and in interviews.
    • Paul Simon: You're the One---In Concert from Paris
      Paul Simon performs at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. Featured songs include selections from his new album, You're the One along with classic favorites.
    • From Mao to Mozart: Then and Now
      From Mao to Mozart: Then and Now
      Season 29 - Episode 4
      The documentary, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, winner of 1980's Academy Award for Best Documentary, is shown.
    • We Love Ella: A Tribute to the First Lady of Song
      April 25, 2007, would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 90th birthday. To celebrate, Great Performances has created an all-star tribute to the great jazz singer.
    • Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote
      Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote
      Season 29 - Episode 12
      Rudolf Nureyev's masterpiece of filmaking made its premiere in Sydney, Australia, where it was filmed, in 1973. Now the film has been digitally remastered, and restored to its original glory. Nureyev is the star, choreographar and co-director.
    • Don Giovanni Unmasked
      Don Giovanni Unmasked
      Season 29 - Episode 10
      This innovative adaptation of Mozart's masterpiece is set in both 17th century Spain and 1930s Hollywood, as Don Giovanni's servant, Leporello, hosts a movie telling the secret of his master's identity.
    • The College of Comedy with Alan King III
      Alan King returns for “The College of Comedy III,” another of his seminars on the subject of “what's funny?” Guests include comedy writers and stand up comedians. Topics discussed include getting started in the business, political correctness and profanity. Taped at the California Institute of Technology.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2001
      The Vienna Philharmonic treats us once again with their annual tribute to Johann Strauss. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts.
    • La Forza del Destino
      La Forza del Destino
      Season 28 - Episode 15
      The original version of Verdi's dark opera, taped in 1998 at the Merlinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, where is was first performed in 1862. Verdi wrote a happier ending in 1869, which is considered the difinitive version.
    • Play On!
      Play On!
      Season 28 - Episode 14
      An adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night set in 1940s Harlem and including music by Duke Ellington.
    • Dance in America: Lar Lubovitch's `Othello'
      The San Francisco Ballet Company performs a new ballet interpretation of Shakespeare's classic tale of love, ambition and betrayal. Created by modern dance master Lar Lubovitch.
    • Duetto: The Concert at the Roman Colosseum
      Young up-and-coming operatic tenors, Marcelo Álvarez, from Córdoba, Argentina, and Salvatore Licitra, from Sicily, Italy, perform an outdoor concert in front of the Roman Coliseum accompanied by the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Kohn.
    • 30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song
      Nathan Lane hosts a look back at the great musical moments in Great Performances 30-year history. Other performers appear in clips from past episodes.
    • Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel: Music Under the Stars
      American soprano Renee Fleming and Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel perform the best of Broadway show tunes at the Faenol Festival in north Wales. The annual three-day festival, founded by Bryn Terfel, presents works from a different musical genre each evening -- opera, musical theater, and contemporary Welsh music.
    • The Great American Songbook
      The Great American Songbook
      Season 31 - Episode 11
      Classic song clips from movies tell the story of popular music in the first 50 years of cinema. Includes performances on film by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and many more. Hosted by Michael Feinstein.
    • Great Performances at the Met: "The Barber of Seville"
      Rossini's opera performed by the Metropolitan Opera.
    • Dance in America: Le Corsaire with American Ballet Theatre
      This 19th century tale is a showcase for the men of ballet, featuring betrayal, murder and pirates.
    • The Art of Piano
      The Art of Piano
      Season 28 - Episode 13
      The greatest pianists of the 20th century are featured in this performance documentary
    • Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: Ode to Joy 2000
      The Berlin Philharmonic perform Beethoven's greatest works in a concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Taped May 1, 2000 at Berlin's Philharmonic Hall, the program also includes a tour of Berlin.
    • College of Comedy with Alan King, Part II
      Following his comedy symposium at Harvard in 1997, comedian Alan King is back, this time at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
    • Central Park
      Central Park
      Season 28 - Episode 8
      Three one-act operas set in New York's Central Park. Stories are written by playwrights Wendy Wasserstein, A.R. Gurney and Terrence McNally.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration (2000)
      The Vienna Philharmonic returns for their annual New Years peformance of Straus waltzes and more.
    • Cream Reunion Concert
      Cream Reunion Concert
      Season 34 - Episode 2
      The seminal rock group Cream (Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton) perform a reunion concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
    • Great Performances at the Met: "The First Emperor"
      Composer Tan Dun's opera "The First Emporer" is performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera House conducted by the composer. Performers include Plácido Domingo (Emperor Qin), Wu Hsing-Kuo (Ying-Yang Master) and Michelle DeYoung (Shaman).
    • Samuel Beckett's Happy Days
      Samuel Beckett's Happy Days
      Season 8 - Episode 15
      Samuel Beckett's play is about Winnie, an optimist who--deep down--senses she has little to feel happy about. Nevertheless she goes on, convinced that each day will turn out to be a happy day.
    • The Five Forty-Eight
      The Five Forty-Eight
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      Playwright Terrence McNally's adaption of a short story by John Cheever. A philandering executive (Laurence Luckinbill) is stalked by a former secretary (Mary Beth Hurt) whom he seduced and then fired.
    • Secret Service
      Secret Service
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      Set in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War, this is the story of a Union spy trying to take control of a Confederate telegraph office.
    • Dance in America: Martha Graham Dance Company
      The Martha Graham Dance Company performs.
    • Hogan's Goat
      Hogan's Goat
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Broadway production of William Alfred's play set in an Irish-American neighborhood in the 1890s.
    • The Girls in their Summer Dresses and Other Stories
      Three stories by Irwin Shaw involving relationships with emotional and philisophical differences.
    • Dance in America: Baryshnikov by Tharp
      Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre perform three ballets choreographed by Twyla Tharp: "The Little Ballet," "Sinatra Suite," and "Push Comes to Shove."
    • Unforgettable, with Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole
      Natalie Cole sings many of the hits of her late father, Nat King Cole.
    • Harry Connick, Jr. & His Orchestra: Swinging Out with Harry
      Harry Connick, Jr. and his 16-piece orchestra perform their blend of classic jazz and swing in concert. Other performers include bassist Ben Wolfe, guitarist Russell Malone, and Shannon Powell.
    • Linda Ronstadt: Canciones de Me Padre
      Linda Ronstadt performs a concert based on her series of albums featuring Spanish songs.
    • Maria Callas: An Operatic Biography
      A documentary of the life and career of opera singer Maria Callas. Photographs, archival film and home movies are featured, much of which not been seen in public before. Highlights include excerpts of Callas in performance, sometimes in a full-dress opera, more often in recital.
    • Judy Garland: The Concert Years
      Judy Garland: The Concert Years
      Season 13 - Episode 10
      A retrospective of Garland's years performing live, after her movie career had ended. Included many clips and a number of complete performances of her best loved songs. Also includes comments from family and colleagues.
    • The Good Doctor
      The Good Doctor
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      Neil Simon's work features comic vignettes adapted from short stories written by Anton Chekhov.
    • Renée Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols
      American soprano Renée Fleming performs sacred Christmas music. Recorded at Mainz Cathedral in Germany. Fleming is accompanied by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Trevor Pinnock.
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2006
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2006
      Season 35 - Episode 5
      Carnegie Hall's opening night of the season features The Cleveland Orchestra performing an evening of Viennese favorites.
    • Andrea Bocelli: Amore Under the Desert Sky
      Andrea Bocelli's concert includes songs from his CD, "Amore." Heather Headley joins Andrea in "The Prayer."
    • Beverly Sills: Made in America
      Beverly Sills: Made in America
      Season 35 - Episode 8
      A tribute to Beverly Sills with performances by Sills and others, and clips from past performances
    • Great Performances at the Met: La Sonnambula
      Vincenzo Bellini’s opera about a sleepwalking woman forced to prove her undying love for her betrothed. "La Sonnambula" is Latin for "The Somnambulist." The original opera is set in the Swiss Alps. This production depicts modern-day actors staging a production of La Sonnambula in a rehearsal hall. Performed in Italian with English subtitles.moreless
    • Celebrating Gershwin
      Celebrating Gershwin
      Season 16 - Episode 5
      Various artists perform songs by George and Ira Gershwin.
    • Theater in America: A Touch of the Poet
      A production of Eugene O'Neill's play. Set in a run-down tavern outside Boston in 1828, the story highlights proud Irishman Cornelius Melody, who can't forget his family's better days in Ireland.
    • "A Streetcar Named Desire" from the San Francisco Opera.
      The San Francisco Opera performs the Tennessee Williams play with Andre Previn's and Philip Littell's operatic reconception.
    • Beverly! Her Farewell Performance
      Beverly! Her Farewell Performance
      Season 9 - Episode 10
      The last of several national farewell appearances given by opera singer Beverly Sills. Friends and colleagues from the concert stage, opera, ballet, theater and television are featured.
    • The Ceremony of Innocence
      The Ceremony of Innocence
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      This adaptation of Ronald Ribman's play depicts an indecisive King Ethelred in 11th century England.
    • Arthur Rubinstein at 90
      Arthur Rubinstein at 90
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      Journalist Robert MacNeil interviews legendary classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
    • Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival
      A gathering of great musicians taped during the 3-day Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas in the summer of 2004.
    • The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd
      The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      D.H. Lawrence's play set in pre-World War I England centers on a coal miner and his family.
    • Tosca From Rome
      Tosca From Rome
      Season 21 - Episode 7
      Puccini's opera is performed in Rome, taped in the actual settings and even the actual times of day described in the opera.
    • La Bohéme
      La Bohéme
      Season 22 - Episode 15
      Puccini's heart-rending love story tells of poor young bohemians who draw strength from each other, and the poet Rodolfo's love for the young seamstress, Mimì.
    • Burn the Floor: A Great Performances Special
      Forty-four of the world's champion ballroom and latin dancers perform at the first annual "Burn the Floor" dance sensation.
    • All-Star Piano Extravaganza: The Verbier Festival Concert
      The world's greatest pianists gather to play arrangements of classical favorites for four to 16 hands in honor of the 10th anniversary of Switzerland's Verbier Festival. The concert was recorded on July 22, 2003.
    • Swingin' with Duke: The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
      Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform the music of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Film clips of some of Duke Ellington's performances dating to 1929 are featured, along with Marsalis's commentary on Ellington's accomplishments.
    • Dance in America: Beyond the Steps---Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

      A documentary following the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during a pivotal time in its history. Includes a performance in Russia and a move into new studios in New York City.

    • Vittorio: Dreams of Rome
      Vittorio: Dreams of Rome
      Season 34 - Episode 17
      Young Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo performs a concert featuring songs from his debut album, "Vittorio," among the ruins of Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli.
    • My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies
      A live concert at Carnegie Hall filmed in September 1998. A gathering of Broadway's best leading ladies past and present.
    • Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias
      Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias
      Season 28 - Episode 5
      At a Christmas concert filmed in Rome, Bocelli sings classical pieces and Christmas standards accompanied by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor.
    • Barenboim on Beethoven
      Barenboim on Beethoven
      Season 35 - Episode 18
      Legendary pianist Daniel Barenboim performs five Beethoven sonatas.
    • Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing, Live
      Jerry Lee Lewis performs selections from his current album, "Last Man Standing." This album, released 50 years after his first album debuted, features new duet versions of his hit songs performed with a variety of singers.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2006
      Great Performances 22nd annual New Year's Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic and host Walter Cronkite. Filmed at Vienna's Musikverein hall, the Vienna Philharmonic performs classical music, including Strauss waltzes and a tribute to Mozart's 250th birthday.
    • Garrison Keillor’s Independence Day Special: A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood
      Garrison Keillor takes his Prairie Home Companion to the small screen in this televised broadcast of his Independence Day weekend radio broadcast at Tanglewood, in western Massachusetts.
    • Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions Live
      Bruce Springsteen performs a concert of songs from his new album, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," a collection of songs popularized by the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. Recorded live at St. Luke's in London's East End.
    • Dance in America: `Jewels' from the Paris Opera Ballet
      Choreographer George Balanchine's only plotless ballet in three acts. The acts are named for jewels: "Emeralds," "Rubies," "Diamonds."
    • Vienna State Opera 50th Anniversary Reopening Gala
      The Vienna State Opera House reopened on November 5, 1955, after being bombed during World War II. This concert, performed on November 5, 2005, in celebration of the reopening's 50th anniversary, broght together some of the world's leading opera stars and premier conductors to perform selections from the 1955 opera season.moreless
    • Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve Special
      Garrison Keillor hosts a live New Year's Eve broadcast from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera
      A documentary telling the story of African American opera singers from Paul Robeson to Marian Anderson to Jesse Norman. Interviews, archival clips and new musical sequences are included.
    • The Three Pickers: Legends of American Music
      Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs perform blue grass music at a sold-out concert held at the R.J. Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1997
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1997
      Season 26 - Episode 1
      The first concert of the 1997-1998 season at New York's Carnegie Hall features cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II
      A tribute to Oscar Hammerstein II on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, through performances of songs he wrote with composers Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers.
    • Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite from Central Park
      Grammy award winning voilinist Joshua Bell and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Williams Eddins, perform pieces from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, Candide and On the Town before an audience at Central Park.
    • Alessandro Safina in Concert: Only You
      Italian singer Alessandro Safina performs in Taormina, Sicely, with Mount Etna and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea providing a breathtaking backdrop. Featuring The Symphony Orchestra of Messina, conducted by Steven Mercurio.
    • Great Performances at the Met: I Puritani
      Vincenzo Bellini's opera set during the English Civil War, in the 1640s.
    • Great Performances at the Met: The Magic Flute
      Mozart's "The Magic Flute" performed by the New York Metropolitan Opera.
    • La clemenza di Tito
      La clemenza di Tito
      Season 10 - Episode 4
      Mozart's opera about a conspiracy to overthrow the Roman Emperor Titus. Performed in Italian with English subtitles.
    • The Los Angeles Philharmonic Inaugurates the Walt Disney Concert Hall
      Highlights from three performances held to honor the grand opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2007
      Great Performances 23rd annual New Year's Day celebration includes Vienna Philharmonic direted by Zubin Mehta, and host Walter Cronkite.
    • Dance in America: Free to Dance
      Dance in America: Free to Dance
      Season 29 - Episode 13
      Free to Dance tells the story of African influence on modern American dance. Presented in three one-hour segments.
    • Three Mo' Tenors in Concert
      Three Mo' Tenors in Concert
      Season 29 - Episode 14
      Tenors Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon and Thomas Young perform in concert. Song selections range from opera to blues to gospel.
    • Recording `The Producers': A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks
      A behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the cast album for the hit Broadway musical, The Producers.
    • Jose Carreras, Diana Ross and Placido Domingo: Christmas in Vienna
      Legendary singers Diana Ross, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing the music of Christmas.
    • Black and Blue
      Black and Blue
      Season 21 - Episode 9
      The Broadway musical revue, Black and Blue is brought to television, featuring legendary African American singers and dancers recalling the golden age of blues and jazz music. Songs include "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Body and Soul," "St. Louis Blues," "After You've Gone," and "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues."moreless
    • Nureyev
      Season 21 - Episode 13
      This 1991 documentary proviles Rudolf Nureyev includes performance footage and interviews with Nureyev and others.
    • Oedipus Rex
      Oedipus Rex
      Season 21 - Episode 13
      Igor Stravinsky's oratorio Oedipus Rex is performed. Jessye Norman stars, and Julie Taymor directs the production.
    • The Real McTeague: A Synthesis of Forms
      Director Robert Altman tells the story of The Real McTeague, combining passages of Frank Norris's novel, McTeague, read by Studs Turkel, scenes from the 1924 film, Greed, based on the novel, and the 1992 opera based on the same story.
    • Placido Domingo: The Concert for Planet Earth
      Placido Domingo and others perform Rio de Janeiro during the 1992 Earth Summit.
    • Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway
      A behind the scenes look at the Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam, including a tribute to jazz musician and composer Jelly Roll Morton. Gregory Hines and George C. Wolfe, who wrote the book for Jelly's Last Jam, are interviewed. Includes scenes from the show.
    • Callas: An International Celebration
      Four renowned opera companies remember Maria Callas on what would have been her 60th birthday. La Scala of Milan, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera in London and the Lyric Opera of Chicago each perform. Film clips of Callas's performances are also included.
    • Natalie Cole's Untraditional Traditional Christmas
      Natalie Cole sings traditional holiday songs, along with some new selections. Guests include the New York Restoration Choir and Elmo, the Muppet from Sesame Street.
    • Miles Davis: A Tribute
      Miles Davis: A Tribute
      Season 21 - Episode 10
      The jazz great is remembered with a reairing of a 1986 documentary about his life, called, "Miles Ahead," followed by concert footage of Davis's performance at Montreux, taped just months before his death in 1991.
    • The Hard Nut
      The Hard Nut
      Season 21 - Episode 6
      An unorthodox version of "The Nutcracker" by Mark Morris, set in the 1960s. This performance was taped in 1991 at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
    • Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor
      Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor
      Season 20 - Episode 7
      Luciano Pavarotti examines the tradition of the Italian tenor, including those who inspired and mentored him.
    • In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway
      A look at Tony Kushner's Tony-winning play, Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches. Includes scenes from the play and discussion of the issues it broaches.
    • The Maestros of Philadelphia
      The Maestros of Philadelphia
      Season 22 - Episode 2
      The last four musical directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra are highlighted.
    • Quartet
      Season 22 - Episode 12
      The quartet is explored in various genres, including Rock, Gospel, Jazz and a Barbershop Quartet.
    • The Songs of Six Families
      The Songs of Six Families
      Season 22 - Episode 13
      From mariachi performers in Arizona to Eskimo Wolf Dancers in Alaska, "The Songs of Six Families" highlights six diverse cultures found in the USA.
    • Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters
      Jazz performers of today pay tribute to those who have gone before them in this concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1994
      Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1994
      Season 23 - Episode 1
      The orchestra of London's The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields perform works by Mozart and Rossini for the opening night of Carnegie Hall's 1994 season.
    • The Dangerous Liaisons
      The Dangerous Liaisons
      Season 23 - Episode 2
      The San Francisco Opera performs Conrad Susa's version of the French Novel.
    • Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence
      Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence
      Season 22 - Episode 11
      A profile of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, including performance clips, commentary by his wife, and home movies.
    • Turandot
      Season 22 - Episode 9
      The San Francisco Opera presents Puccini's Turandot. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    • The Sorceress
      The Sorceress
      Season 22 - Episode 4
      The tale of The Sorceress is told using selections from Handel and ballet.
    • Passing the Baton
      Passing the Baton
      Season 22 - Episode 5
      Documentary of the Chicago Symphony as it changes directors from Georg Solti to Daniel Barenboim. Narrated by Eugenia Zukerman.
    • Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict
      Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict
      Season 22 - Episode 6
      Pete Townshend and his band perform music from his musical play, PsychoDerelict, about an aging rock star in the 1960s. Performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
    • On the Town in Concert
      On the Town in Concert
      Season 22 - Episode 7
      A concert version of the 1944 musical by Leonard Bernstein.
    • Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music
      Composer Leonard Bernstein's life is celebrated through performance clips from film and television.
    • The Magic Flute (1984)
      The Magic Flute (1984)
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      Mozart's fairy-tale opera is performed, accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by American conductor James Levinein. This performance was taped at the 1982 Salzburg Festival.
    • La Cenerentola
      La Cenerentola
      Season 12 - Episode 11
      Rossini's comic opera, an Italian version of Cinderella, directed and designed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Includes a look at Milan's La Scala Opera House.
    • Stevie Wonder: Live at Last
      Stevie Wonder: Live at Last
      Season 37 - Episode 18
      To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, Stevie Wonder performs his first concert recorded for television. Taped in October 2008 at London's 02 Arena, the concert features Wonder's hits from the last 40 years, when he was billed as "Little Stevie Wonder."
    • Great Performances at the Met: La Rondine
      Giacomo Puccini's opera is performed by real-life couple, Angela Gheorghiu and husband Roberto Alagna. Gheorghiu plays an unhappy kept woman who has a fling with an idealistic young man (Alagna) who makes her question her decisions.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Salome
      This 1905 opera by German composer, Richard Straus, is based on Oscar Wilde's play telling of the Biblical Salome, who danced for Herod in exchange for the head of John the Baptist. Modern dress is used for this production. Sung in German with English subtitles.
    • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009
      Julie Andrews hosts as the Vienna Philharmonic performs Strauss favorites and a tribute to Franz Joseph Haydn, as 2009 is the 200th anniversary of his death. Daniel Barenboim conducts.
    • Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev
      Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev
      Season 36 - Episode 19
      Oscar nominated documentarian Allen Miller presents a portrait of Valery Gergiev, artistic director and general director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater. Gergiev is also principal conductor of the London Symphony and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and has appeared as principle guest conductor at New York's Metropolital Opera.
    • Julie Andrews in Concert
      Julie Andrews in Concert
      Season 18 - Episode 10
      A concert featuring Broadway and film star Julie Andrews.
    • Harlem in Montmartre
      Harlem in Montmartre
      Season 37 - Episode 24
      Many African Americans who found themselves in Europe at the end of WWI stayed there because there was less racism than in the United States. Over the next twenty years, until the violence of WWII, they created an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs, in Paris' Montmartre neighborhood. This documentary tells the story of this neglected portion of African American cultural history. Inspired by the book Harlem in Montmartre: a Paris Jazz Story by William A. Shack. Narrated by S. Epatha Merkerson.moreless
    • Great Performances at the Met: Tosca
      Acclaimed director Luc Bondy brings a new production of Puccini's Tosca to New York's Metropolitan Opera House. The performance is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Karita Mattila sings the title role of Tosca opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze plays Scarpia and Paul Plishka is the Sacristan.
    • La Boheme
      La Boheme
      Season 38 - Episode 5
      Austrian director Robert Dornhelm brings Puccini's beloved opera to the big screen in this film adaptation released to theaters in October 2009. The piece is a showcase for opera greats Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón.
    • Sting: A Winter's Night
      Sting: A Winter's Night
      Season 38 - Episode 3
      Sting sings a variety of songs, carols and lullabies, old and new, evoking the winter season. Recorded at Durham Cathedral near Sting's hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England. Musicians include local Newcastle artists Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes and fiddle), Peter Tickell (fiddle) and Julian Sutton (Melodeon). Other performers include Dominic Miller (guitar), Vincent Ségal (cello), Scottish harpist Mary MacMaster, Ira Coleman (bass), Chris Gecker (trumpet), David Mansfield (violin and mandolin), Cyro Baptista, Bashiri Johnson and Rhani Krija (percussion), and vocalists Laila Biali, Lisa Fischer, Jo Lawry and Steven Santoro. Also includes an additional ensemble of 35 musicians.moreless
    • Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert
      The Los Angeles Philharmonic opens the 2009 season with the debut of its 28-year-old music director, Gustavo Dudame. The concert was taped at the Disney Concert Hall on October 8, 2009. The LA Phil's new Creative Chairman, Pulitzer Prize-winning music composer John Adams, debuts his new work, City Noir, which evokes the Film Noir movies of the late 1940s and early 1950s.moreless
    • Karajan, Or Beauty as I See It
      Karajan, Or Beauty as I See It
      Season 37 - Episode 24
      Documentation of the life and career of Herbert von Karajan, one of the most respected conductors of the 20th centry. Karajan was director of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, and conducted orchestras across Europe. Many performances are featured, including rehearsals, concerts and rare archived footage.
    • Great Performances at the Met: "Manon Lescaut"
      Giacomo Puccini's opera based on a French novel by Antoine François Prévost (the Abbé Prévost) telling the story of a pair of young lovers.
    • Great Performances at the Met: Macbeth
      Giuseppe Verdi's opera based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company.
    • Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
      The L.A. Opera presents Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht. Considered by many to be one of the greatest operas of the 20th century, the piece, a lyrical satire, blends traditional opera and music hall songs. Set in the fictional "anything goes" city of Mahogonny, the original performance in 1930 Germany was disrupted by a band of Nazi Brown Shirts.moreless