Great Performances - Season 41

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino

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

  • Great Performances at the Met: Otello

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

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

    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

    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.

  • Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby

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

  • 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.

  • Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies

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