Great Performances - Season 26

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Episode Guide

  • The Elixir of Love
    The Elixir of Love
    Episode 18
    8/12/98
    0.0
    Gaetano Donizetti's opera, The Elixir of Love, is performed in Italian with English subtitles.
  • Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself
    7/8/98
    6.5
    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.
  • Sam Shepard's True West
    7/8/98
    8.4
    A production of the play, "True West," written by Sam Shepard is performed.
  • Swan Lake
    Swan Lake
    Episode 15
    6/10/98
    0.0
    Choreographer Matthew Bourne's adaptation of Tchaikovsky's ballet, se in 1950s London.
  • 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."
  • The Art of Singing: Golden Voices, Silver Screen
    Film clips and commentaries highlight opera singers in cinema. Baritone Thomas Hampson hosts.
  • Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years
    3/6/98
    7.0
    Frank Sinatra sings his greatest hits in this compilation of songs from 13 TV specials aired from 1965 to 1982.
  • The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opening Night Gala
    A diverse range of musical artists perform for the opening of the new performing arts center in downtown Newark.
  • Porgy & Bess: An American Voice
    2/4/98
    0.0
    A look at Ira Gershwin's 1935 opera through interviews, photos and performance footage.
  • Creating Ragtime
    Creating Ragtime
    Episode 7
    1/21/98
    0.0
    A documentary showing how E.L. Doctorow's novel “Ragtime” became a Broadway musical. Includes interviews with the author and others involved in the show and portions of performances, both in rehearsal and on stage. The episode also includes a segment on the building of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which would become the home of "Ragtime."moreless
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1998
    Walter Cronkite hosts as the Vienna Philharmonic performs under the direction of Zubin Mehta. The Vienna Choir Boys performs.
  • The College of Comedy With Alan King
    12/31/97
    0.0
    Alan King hosts a symposium on comedy at Harvard University. A group of comedians join in discussion.
  • San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration
    12/5/97
    0.0
    Opera's finest perform at the San Francisco Opera House.
  • 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.
  • Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe
    11/5/97
    8.0
    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.
  • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1997
    10/15/97
    0.0
    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.