About Great Performances


Now entering its 43rd season on PBS, GREAT PERFORMANCES is America’s preeminent performing arts television series, showcasing a diverse range of performing arts specials from around the world.

Since its premiere in 1972, GREAT PERFORMANCES has presented an international roster of renowned artists and performing art companies of all genres. From new productions of timeless classics to innovative performances by emerging artists, GREAT PERFORMANCES is proud to carry on its legacy of bringing the best of the performing arts to an American public television audience. To date, the series has been awarded 67 Emmy Awards and four George Foster Peabody Awards.

GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET New York Public Media. Under the GREAT PERFORMANCES banner, THIRTEEN also presents GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, currently preparing its tenth season.

Major funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Abra Prentice Foundation, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, Jody and John Arnhold and PBS.