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GP at the Met: Madama Butterfly

About the Opera

Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role to the series for the first time. Roberto Alagna sings Lieutenant Pinkerton, the callous officer who crushes Butterfly’s dreams of love. Debuting conductor Karel Mark Chichon leads a cast that includes Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.

GP at the Met: Roberto Devereux

About the Opera

The last opera in Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Elizabeth I and features Matthew Polenzani, Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecien. Maurizio Benini conducts.

GP at the Met: Manon Lescaut

About the Opera

Hear Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna as the ill-fated lovers in Puccini’s passionate adaptation of the classic novel about a free-spirited country girl. Sir Richard Eyre’s new production, conducted by Fabio Luisi, is set in the 1940s.

About the Miniseries

Following the huge international success of the four-part miniseries The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses will continue the epic saga with three more lavish film adaptations: Parts I and II of Henry VI and Richard III. Together, they tell the story of The Wars of the Roses, a medieval spectacle spanning rebellion in France, the rise and fall of Joan of Arc, the terror of England’s Civil War, and the deceitful dynastic murders culminating in the infamous reign of Richard III. As with The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses features a cast of today’s leading actors in a bravura collection of Shakespearean roles. Judi Dench plays Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. Sophie Okonedo portrays Queen Margaret in all three films. Hugh Bonneville plays Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Sally Hawkins is his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI Part I. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI, Part II and Richard III, and Tom Sturridge portrays Henry VI in both Parts I and II.

GP at the Met: Turandot

About the Opera

Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liù and Marco Berti as Calàf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular 1987 production.

Hamilton’s America

About the Documentary

Premieres Friday, October 21 at 9 – 10:30 p.m. on PBS Hamilton’s America, the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – winner of 11 Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize — explodes onto THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m. […]

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 […]

Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn

Concert Preview

The legendary Barbra Streisand gives a homecoming concert in Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival (check local listings). Streisand is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for two hours of hits, including nine songs […]

Great Performances 40th Anniversary Brochure

GREAT PERFORMANCES 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION In celebration of the series’ 40th anniversary, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosts an all-star homecoming on the stage of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Through performance and remembrance, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES means to them as America’s only ongoing primetime […]