Behind the Scenes of Porgy and Bess

Behind the Scenes of Porgy and Bess

By Jasmine Wilson Great Performances at the Met premieres Gershwin’s famous folk opera, Porgy and Bess on July 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). For the first time in nearly 30 years, the production returns to the Met stage starring the stunning Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles. Audience […]

After Ann: From Holland Taylor

After Ann: From Holland Taylor

By Holland Taylor A couple years along with my play about Governor Richards, it wasn’t lost on me that my adventure shared elements of a big ol’ political campaign- but one where I was the candidate, campaign manager, volunteer staff, and major donor, too! The magical element of being a sort of hologram of a […]

Summer Streaming Lineup

Anna Deveare Smith

Enjoy our summer programming as we continue to practice social distancing with Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, Ann, Gloria: A Life and more. In these unprecedented times, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. All of us at Great Performances are dedicated to carrying on our legacy of bringing the […]

Are You An “Ann” or a “Gloria”?

Are You An “Ann” or a “Gloria”?

By Elisa Lichtenbaum This month, Great Performances shines a spotlight on two trailblazing American women – the witty and flamboyant former Texas Governor Ann Richards and Ms. magazine Co-Founder and feminist icon Gloria Steinem –with the premieres of Ann (Friday, June 19, 9 p.m.) and Gloria: A Life (Friday, June 26, 9 p.m.), starring Holland […]

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The Top 5 Can’t-Miss Operas of Great Performances at the Met Season 14

The Top 5 Can’t-Miss Operas of Great Performances at the Met Season 14

By Jasmine Wilson Returning for its fourteenth season on PBS, Great Performances at The Met brings the very best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera and classical music fans across the country. Lovers of music, drama, and glamor will delight in a fantastic season filled with audience favorites and modern classics.  Great […]

5 of Our Favorite Female Composers

5 of Our Favorite Female Composers

As we celebrate female trailblazers this month with Great Performances: Ann and Great Performances – Gloria: A Life, we’re highlighting five female composers who helped pave a musical pathway into the future. Who are your favorite female classical composers? Let us know in the comments and listen to the music of these five women here. […]

Agrippina: The Opera vs The History

Agrippina: The Opera vs The History

By Katelin Levy Julia Agrippina or Agrippina the Younger was born November 6th in the year 15 C.E. Among classists, she was considered the most powerful and ruthless women of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, and yet many are more likely to recall the rule of her son, Nero. In George Frideric Handel’s opera, Great Performances at the […]

Summer Shows Streaming Now

Summer Shows Streaming Now

Enjoy our summer social distancing programming featuring Rupert Goold’s Macbeth, Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles and more. In these unprecedented times, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. All of us at Great Performances are dedicated to carrying on our legacy of bringing the best of the performing arts […]

Sheltering with ANN: From Holland Taylor

Sheltering with ANN: From Holland Taylor

By Holland Taylor During this time of “sheltering at home” I was actually meant to be in rehearsal for the west coast premiere and run of ANN at the splendid Pasadena Playhouse – now of course postponed until theatres may safely re-open. Should this run I’ve longed for even happen, it will likely be the […]