GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra who has died at the age of 43 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor-scooter accident in Sicily. Licitra’s unexpected Met debut in 2002, when he subbed for the ailing Luciano Pavarotti, made headlines.
Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of the two-time Oscar-winning Hollywood legend and passionate AIDS research advocate Elizabeth Taylor. Her life and career were celebrated by GP in the 2001 profile, “Elizabeth Taylor: England’s Other Elizabeth.” The hour featured interviews with Shirley MacLaine, Rod Steiger, Angela Lansbury; and Taylor herself illustrated with extensive […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Doris Eaton Travis—the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl—who first lit up the 1918 edition of The Ziegfeld Follies with her All American Girl star power.
by Jennifer Melick. Originally published for WNET.org’s SundayArts Blog. When Gustavo Dudamel’s in town, you go. So on Saturday night, I caught the opening concert of the Israel Philharmonic’s U.S. tour with Dudamel at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, just prior to his two Carnegie Hall concerts on November 16 and 17. […]
by Jennifer Melick. Originally published for WNET.org’s SundayArts Blog. Pity the Rodolfo and Mimì pouring out their hearts this July in La Scala’s La Bohème. It’s possible that more people will be craning their necks to see 27-year-old Venezuelan conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel in the pit, than either the Mimì (Italian soprano Carmela Remigio) or […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Mary Travers (1936 – 2009) of the iconic, 1960s folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary. A steadfast supporter of public television, Mary Travers’ many PBS appearances include the 1996 GREAT PERFORMANCES’s special, “Lifelines,” featuring the trio in a nostalgic concert of their signature songs dating back to the […]
“Walter Cronkite loved music and dancing, which is why he jumped at the opportunity to return to Vienna in1984–where he had been stationed as a correspondent following World War II–to host the 1985 Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert. For nearly a quarter of a century, he created a tradition on PBS of ushering in […]
In memory of Anthony Minghella Directed by GARY HALVORSON Conductor PATRICK SUMMERS Production ANTHONY MINGHELLA Director and Choreographer CAROLYN CHOA Set Designer MICHAEL LEVINE Costume Designer HAN FENG Lighting Designer PETER MUMFORD Puppetry BLIND SUMMIT THEATRE MARK DOWN NICK BARNES Host RENÉE FLEMING Cast in order of vocal appearance Lt. B.F. Pinkerton MARCELLO GIORDANI Goro […]
GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of one of our greatest champions and patrons, Dorothy Cullman. From the very start of Thirteen/WNET in the 1960s, Dorothy and her husband Lewis have been major supporters of the station’s arts programming, and great believers in the role public television should play in American life. In addition to many […]