Composed in 1924 by Ottorino Respighi, “Pines of Rome” is the second orchestral work in Respighi’s “Roman trilogy.” “Fountains of Rome” (1917) is the first and “Roman Festivals” (1926) is the third. The four movements of “Pines of Rome” depict the city’s trees in different locations at different times of the day.
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais join Andris Nelsons at his inaugural concert as as Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director to perform “O Soave Fanciulla,” the Act I Finale from Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Andris Nelsons was born in 1978 in Riga, Latvia into a family of musicians. He began his career as a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]