Great Performances

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Le Nozze di Figaro

 

Met music director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering countess and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy, Cherubino.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
American Voices with Renée Fleming

 

Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renée Fleming, this groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia brings together vocal masters, industry titans and emerging artists to celebrate the artistry, technique and challenges of professional singing. Fledgling artists receive one-on-one mentoring from iconic singers in a variety of genres: Eric Owens in classical, Dianne Reeves in jazz, Alison Krauss with Dr. Thomas Cleveland in country, Ben Folds in pop, Sutton Foster in musical theater and Kim Burrell in gospel. Joining these acclaimed artists for the festival’s genre-spanning centerpiece concert are Sara Bareilles, Kurt Elling, Josh Groban and Norm Lewis, with the National Symphony Orchestra and principal pops conductor Steven Reineke.

 

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

 

PBS continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of guest conductor Zubin Mehta, and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Cats

 

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Werther

 

Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance, starring Jonas Kaufmann and French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

 

Inspired by their sensational duet in Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have teamed up to record Cheek to Cheek, a brand new album of standards from the Great American Songbook. Reuniting for this very special and intimate concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, the duo performs swinging selections from the album, including “Anything Goes” and “Nature Boy.”