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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.moreless
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.
Twelve-year-old singing prodigy Jackie Evancho performs songs from several movies at the Los Angels Orpheum Theatre.
This new production of Verdi's Rigoletto is set in Las Vegas in the 1960s.
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.
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.
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.
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.moreless
Renée Fleming stars in Richard Strauss's opera about a widow who is pursued by two suitors.
The great tenor Placido Domingo looks back on his illustrious career in this compilation of performance clips.
Distinguished conductor Valery Gergiev leads the third annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night concert in the Schoenbrunn Palace's magnificent baroque gardens.
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.
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.
French sopranoNatalie Dessay returns in one of her greatest roles, last seen on Great Performances in a http://www.tv.com/shows/great-performances/great-performances-at-the-met-lucia-di-lammermoor-1288788/">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.
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.
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 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.
Handel's most famous opera is presented with David Daniels and Natalie Dessay in starring roles. Soprano Renée Fleming hosts.
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.
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.
Herman Melville’s novel is brought to musical fulfillment with this multi-media opera from composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.
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.moreless
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."moreless
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.
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.moreless
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.moreless
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.
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.moreless
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Matthew Polenzani are featured in Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love).
Verdi's operatic version of Shakespeare's tragedy is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera company.
Andrea Bocelli returns to Great Performances, performing internationally favorite love songs in the romantic setting of Portofino, Italy.
Verdi's Aida is performed in epic style by over 200 members of the Met's company.
Verdi's classic opera of political intrigue and unattainable love is performed.
The company performs a rare revival of Mozart's opera set in ancient Rome. Includes backstage interviews with the cast.
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.
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.
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.moreless
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.
Rod Stewart performs a collection of holiday songs from his album, Merry Christmas, Baby.
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.
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.
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.moreless
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.
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.
Julie Andrews returns to host the grand celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic featuring the music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries, including Tschaikowsky.
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.moreless
The Tony award winning Broadway musical is performed by the original principal cast.
A new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni is performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Paul McCartney performs selections from his new album, Kisses On The Bottom at a concert in Los Angeles.
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.
This new production of an original work features characters from several of Shakespeare's plays.
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.
A revival of Handel's Rodelinda is performed, featuring opera superstar Renée Fleming.
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.
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.
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.
The critically acclaimed Miami City Ballet company performs three signature pieces:Balanchine's "Square Dance" and "Western Symphony" and Tharp's "The Golden Section."
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.
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.
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.