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GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn Duet

Renée Fleming (Hanna) and Nathan Gunn (Danilo) perform an excerpt of their Act II duet “Hello, Here’s a Soldier Bold” from Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Costumes are by William Ivey Long and the new production in English is directed by Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Susan Stroman.

GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

The Men of The Merry Widow

Nathan Gunn, Sir Thomas Allen, and the male ensemble perform an excerpt from Act II of Lehár’s The Merry Widow — “Who Can Tell What the Hell Women Are?” The Merry Widow is the Met debut of Broadway director Susan Stroman. Soprano Renée Fleming is Hanna, the rich widow. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the cast […]

GP at the Met: Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle

About the Operas

Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, starring soprano Anna Netrebko, shares a double bill with Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliński makes his highly anticipated Met debut with the Metropolitan Opera’s new production, inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s, bringing together two rarely performed one-acts: Tchaikovsky’s lyrical fairy […]

Driving Miss Daisy

About the Play

Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively.  Actor Boyd Gaines (a four-time Tony Award winner) reprises […]

Twilight: Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Elaine Young, a real estate agent to Hollywood stars, and Henry “Keith” Watson, a co-assailant of Reginald Denny, are two of the real people depicted in Anna Deveare Smith’s one-woman show Twilight: Los Angeles, about the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. See Smith transform from one person to the next, using Young’s […]

GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

Behind the Scenes

THIRTEEN’s NYC-ARTS program featured a behind the scenes look at Susan Stroman’s new staging of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, which premiered on December 31, 2014 at The Metropolitan Opera. The segment includes footage of rehearsals and interviews at the Metropolitan Opera with director and choreographer Susan Stroman, soprano Renée Fleming, baritone Nathan Gunn, costume designer William […]

GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

About the Production

The lavish new staging of Lehár’s effervescent operetta The Merry Widow is the Met debut of Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers. Star soprano Renée Fleming adds a beguiling new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed Pontevedrian […]

Twilight: Los Angeles

The Death of Latasha Harlins

In 1991, Soon Ja Du, a Korean store owner, received a light sentence in the shooting death of Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African-American. Anna Deveare Smith portrays African-American community activist Gina Rae (aka Queen Malkah), who repudiates Du’s defense attorney Charles Lloyd, an African-American, and draws a parallel between the cases of Latasha Harlins and Rodney […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Full Episode

Last September’s gala event celebrating the start of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons’ tenure with the orchestra features two of the conductor’s close colleagues: his wife, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, and the outstanding German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, each singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires. The concert opens fittingly with Wagner’s […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Respighi’s “Pines of Rome”

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.