Richie Havens (1941-2013)

Folk legend Richie Havens passed away yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 72. Havens inadvertently played himself into history when he opened the music festival at Woodstock in 1969 when the bands scheduled to open were late to the venue. It was at Woodstock where he improvised his now famous song “Freedom,” […]

Maria Tallchief (1925-2013)

Great Performances mourns the passing of Maria Tallchief, a Native American who grew up on an Indian reservation and later became a world famous prima ballerina. She died in Chicago at the age of 88. She had studied with Ernest Belcher (father of dancer Marge Champion) and with Bronislava Nijinska, formerly of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. […]

Jonathan Winters (1925-2013)

Jonathan Winters, one of the great comedians of our time, has passed away at the age of 87. Known for his comic irreverence and multitude of characters, Winters appeared in films including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Loved One” as well as the hit television show, “Mork and Mindy,” where he […]

Il Postino From LA Opera

Il Postino from LA Opera wins Imagen Award for Best Variety Show!

On Friday, August 10th at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards in the International Ball Room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, GREAT PERFORMANCES: Il Postino from LA Opera received the Imagen Award for Best Variety or Reality show. Based on the Oscar award-winning movie of the same name, the World Premiere performance of Il Postino was […]

GREAT PERFORMANCES Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmy Awards!

GREAT PERFORMANCES is proud to announce that we received five Primetime Emmy award nominations. Congratulations to all our nominees for this well-deserved recognition!       Outstanding Variety Special Tony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances) • PBS • A Production of RPM TV Productions, Inc.   Outstanding Special Class Programs Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And […]

Remembering Celeste Holm (1917-2012)

GREAT PEROFRMANCES mourns the passing of Celeste Holm who died last Sunday at the age of 95. In 1995, Ms. Holm co-starred in the GP production of “Talking With,” along with Kathy Bates (who also directed), Beverly D’Angelo, Marcia Gay Harden, Frances McDormand, and Mary Kay Place. The piece was adapted from playwright Jane Martin’s […]

Remembering Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925 – 2012)

We mourn the passing of the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who passed away Friday, May 18th at the age of 86. GREAT PERFORMANCES was honored to showcase Fischer-Dieskau in two productions as he memorably played Count Almaviva in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s film version of The Marriage of Figaro which aired in 1977. The production was […]

Remembering Donna Summer (1948 – 2012)

The original “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer — winner of five Grammy Awards — died yesterday at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. Summer appeared on stage in a European production of Hair when she was only 18. Later, she would put the stamp of that phenomenal voice on a long list […]