Anna Netrebko, in the title role, sings Fedra’s Monologue from Act III. Premieres nationwide Sunday, May 12 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Watch Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s masterpiece starring Clémentine Margaine reprising her role as opera’s ultimate seductress alongside Roberto Alagna as her impassioned lover Don José. Louis Langrée conducts.
Watch Cilea’s classic opera starring Anna Netrebko in the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion, with Piotr Beczała as her lover, Maurizio.
Set in a women’s prison, Great Performances: Julius Caesar offers a powerful dramatization of the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of power beyond constitutional confines through an all-female lens. In this acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production directed Phyllida Lloyd (“The Iron Lady,” “Mamma Mia!”), Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty and tragic idealism is […]
by Elisa Lichtenbaum Friends, Romans, countrymen (and countrywomen), lend us your ears! Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of power, loyalty and ambition gone awry, is coming to Great Performances this month in a groundbreaking all-female production from London’s Donmar Warehouse starring Harriet Walter as Brutus and Jackie Clune as Julius Caesar. To whet your appetite […]
Joining a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month, Great Performances – Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own is a performance-documentary celebrating the life and career of the era-defining Swedish dramatic soprano. With her unforgettable voice, Birgit Nilsson became the face of opera in the 1950s through the 1970s. She was best known for her groundbreaking turns in Wagner, […]
Watch this lively excerpt of “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici,” one of the best-known melodies in opera, sung by Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez.
Brutus confronts Cassius about bribery and the potential of descending into corruption and bids him to remember the Ides of March. Great Performances: Julius Caesar premieres nationwide Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and streams the following day on pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps.
Diana Damrau sings an excerpt of “Sempre Libera” from Act 1 of La Traviata.
Nilsson performed “Tosca” numerous times in her career. See rare footage of her with her 1968 co-star, Italian lyric tenor Gianni Raimondi, and hear Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo describe performing a matinee with her in 1969. Premieres Friday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Streams beginning March 23 pbs.org/gperf and PBS […]