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American Voices with Renée Fleming

Kate Davis Gets A Big Break

The star of young bassist and vocalist Kate Davis is on the rise. In 2013, she got the unexpected chance to perform at the American Voices weekend festival and concert hosted by Renée Fleming. The Kennedy Center audience was expecting Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, but since he was ill with laryngitis, Davis was asked […]

GP at the Met: Le Nozze di Figaro

Preview the Opera

Mozart’s elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season nine premiere of Great Performances at the Met on Friday, January 16 at 9 pm on PBS. Eyre’s staging of the opera, in which the romantic bonds of two couples […]

American Voices with Renée Fleming

Sutton Foster Sings “Anything Goes”

Sutton Foster has won Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical in 2002 for the role of Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and in 2011 for her performance as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. See Foster talk about her belated voice training, perform Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” and coach other aspiring musical theater […]

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

Full Episode

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the sixth time to host the festive annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, from Vienna’s Musikverein. From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015, featuring the infectious melodies of the Strauss Family and their contemporaries, marks the 77-year-old maestro’s fifth […]

American Voices with Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming Sings “Danny Boy”

Acclaimed opera soprano Renée Fleming sings “Danny Boy,” a song dear to Irish Americans, at the American Voices Concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The performance was part of the weekend-long American Voices festival that Fleming produced and led. The folk ballad “Danny Boy” was written in 1910 by English lawyer Frederic Weatherly. […]

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

Julie Andrews Visits a Coffee House

Julie Andrews takes a coffee break from hosting From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015 in Café Griensteidl, right beside Vienna’s Imperial Palace. The original Café Griensteidl opened in 1847 and closed in 1897 to make way for new construction. This incarnation opened in 1990 with classic Viennese design and furnishings. The centuries-old tradition of […]

American Voices with Renée Fleming

Preview the Documentary

This star-studded 90-minute performance documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center’s weekend-long American Voices festival, which was created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November of 2013. The special will air on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings.) In American Voices with Renée Fleming, camera crews follow […]

Encores! Great Performances at the Met

Patricia Racette in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Patricia Racette performed the role of Cio-Cio-San in the 2009 Met production of Puccini’s tragic love story opera, Madama Butterfly. Racette sings the heartbreaking aria of hope, “Un bel dì vedremo,” in this excerpt. Deborah Voigt hosts Encores! Great Performances at the Met, featuring 19 arias and duets, airing in December 2014 on PBS stations […]

Encores! Great Performances at the Met

Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna in Final Scene of Carmen

The deadly rage and passion of Don José, played by Roberto Alagna, is unleashed upon his former lover, Carmen, played by Elīna Garanča, in this final scene of Bizet’s Carmen. Deborah Voigt hosts Encores! Great Performances at the Met, featuring 19 unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of broadcasts, airing in […]

Encores! Great Performances at the Met

Deborah Voigt in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

No recent Met Opera collection of highlights would be complete without soprano, Deborah Voigt. The host of Encores! Great Performances at the Met, Voigt is, of course, included as one of the highlights of past Metropolitan Opera productions. Known around the world for her excellence and mastery of the Wagnerian repertoire, Voigt returned to the role of Isolde […]