British choreographer Matthew Bourne has created a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that drips with candle wax and vampire blood and opens its eyes to modern times. Learn more about his bold re-imagining of the Tchaikovsky ballet and enjoy this photo gallery that captures the drama of the production, premiering Friday, April 25 at 9 pm […]
Opera director Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff is a special one you won’t want to miss, with vivid costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel and a setting in 1950s England that winks at the eras of Shakespeare and Verdi. Colors pop in the Formica kitchen, pomp reigns in chandelier-lighted and oak-paneled rooms and mystery envelops dreamlike scenes […]
Sting talks to Paula Zahn of NYC-ARTS about his creative process for The Last Ship, which took place after a near decade-long hiatus from songwriting. His Broadway-bound musical is based on the shipbuilding history of his home town. Watch Sting Interview
By DANIEL ROSENTHAL Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, the definitive new history of the National Theatre of Great Britain, looks back at the original productions of ten of its most celebrated shows, as featured in Great Performances: 50 Years on Stage, airing Friday, February 14 at 9 pm. Enter to win a […]
Christopher Plummer talks to Paula Zahn, co-host of NYC-ARTS, about his remarkable performance as the fabled but faded star John Barrymore in his twilight days. Great Performances airs Barrymore on January 31, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, introduced millions of Americans to Austria’s Alpine landscape and the charming streets, palaces and convent in Salzburg. More recently, Andrews has helped spotlight landmarks of Vienna, Austria’s capital and largest city, in the New Year’s Day broadcast, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration. This year marks Andrews’ fifth […]
Using Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 as your map, follow the history of rebellion in turn of the 15th century England and the successive stories of three kings: Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Richard II (Click on the image to enlarge) Henry IV, Part 1 (Click […]
Paul Cremo of the Metropolitan Opera tells us what it’s like to be a dramaturg and the specific challenges and rewards of modernizing the titles for Michael Mayer’s new production of Rigoletto, set in 1960s Las Vegas, which some audience members are calling the “Rat Pack Rigoletto.” What is a dramaturg? Most US opera houses […]
Synopses of the four epic operas that make up Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.