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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais: “Tu, tu, amore?”

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais — both frequent collaborators with conductor Andris Nelsons, Opolais’ husband — join Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform the duet “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut. The performance includes a passionate kiss between the singers and afterwards, Opolais playfully mouths “sorry” to her […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Cavalleria rusticana Intermezzo

Cavalleria rusticana is a one-act opera by Pietro Mascagni, which received its U.S. premiere in 1891 in Philadelphia. The tragic love story is set in a Sicilian village. Its symphonic Intermezzo has been heard outside opera houses in film soundtracks including Raging Bull and The Godfather Part III. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra […]

GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Vittorio Grigolo and Christine Rice

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s opera. Here he sings a duet with English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who plays the Venetian courtesan Giulietta. GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann premieres Sunday, May 10 at noon on PBS (check local listings).

Twilight: Los Angeles

Full Episode

On the 23rd anniversary of the LA riots, Great Performances presents a special encore of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, a riveting theatrical account of the 1992 riots from multiple points of view, which continues to reverberate powerfully within the context of today’s current events. It originally aired on PBS in 2001 and is […]

GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

The Doll Song

In her role debut, American soprano Erin Morley plays the mechanical doll Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera. Morley’s vivid ballerina outfit and all costumes were designed by Catherine Zuber. Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met airs Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Preview

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert featuring the conductor’s first concert as BSO Music Director airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join Nelsons for an eclectic program of operatic and orchestral masterworks. Last September’s gala event celebrating the […]

GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Preview the Opera

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings; In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.). The production is by Broadway director Bartlett Sher. Soprano Deborah […]

GP at the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Fast Facts, Long Opera

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (“The Master-Singer of Nuremberg”) receives its first Great Performances at the Met broadcast, Sunday, April 12 at 11 am on PBS (check local listings; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 pm). Fast facts about Richard Wagner’s longest opera   Die Meistersinger is not just Wagner’s longest opera; it’s […]

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

Full Episode

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, featuring Great American Songbook classics from her Grammy-nominated album Nostalgia, aired on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on April 3, at 10 p.m. on PBS, and is still available online and via PBS apps. Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop […]

GP at the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Preview the Opera

Met Music Director James Levine leads Wagner’s grand comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (“The Master-Singer of Nuremberg”) in its first Great Performances at the Met broadcast, Sunday, April 12 at 11 am on PBS (check local listings; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 pm). Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast. See […]