The LA Philharmonic’s gala celebration of John Williams’ peerless achievements reunites him with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features Williams’ noted compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List and Star Wars.
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.
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.
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.
This special features 19 unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of GREAT PERFORMANCES at The Met broadcasts, performed by today’s greatest opera stars and talents.
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.