Great Performances - Season 38

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AIRED ON 10/5/2018

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Episode Guide

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Hamlet
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • La Boheme
    La Boheme
    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.
  • 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.
  • Sting: A Winter's Night
    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
  • 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.
  • 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