Shakespeare’s Richard III is one of the most infamous villains of all time, and one of the most relished. This episode explains how Shakespeare created both a loathsome and brilliant manipulator, as well as a real man who speaks to every age.
Julie Andrews hosts a traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The program features Strauss Family waltzes and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks.
Enjoy a new production of Rossini’s opera, based on the work by Sir Walter Scott. Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of Elena, the lady of the lake, with Juan Diego Flórez in the role of Giacomo, the benevolent king of Scotland. The opera also features Daniela Barcellona, John Osborn and Oren Gradus.
Enjoy an operatic double bill: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta features Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle features Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang joins Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for the launch of its 2015-16 season and the dedication of the newly named David Geffen Hall. Musical highlights include Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
The Vienna Philharmonic performs their annual open-air summer concert from the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.
The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber of Seville. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid score, which features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in opera.
Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to television, with performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African American chauffeur. The twosome’s unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.
The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller tells the story of the barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the pie maker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world.
Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Franz Lehár’s effervescent operetta. Soprano Renée Fleming adds a new character to her Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed millionairess.
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