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GP at the Met: Werther

About the Opera

Eli Wallach appeared in Great Performances’ Paradise Lost in 1974 as well as a 2002 documentary about the making of the famous Clark Gable western The Misfits, aptly titled Making The Misfits.

GP at the Met: La Bohème (2014)

About the Opera

Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the fragile seamstress Mimì, airs on Great Performances at the Met on Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m. Opolais made headlines and history when she agreed to make her company role debut as Mimì […]

GP at the Met: Werther

Photos: The Look of Unrequited Love in Werther

Jules Massenet’s opera Werther is a tragic romance based on Goethe’s autobiographical novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, the epitome of the Sturm und Drang Romantic movement in German literature. These fine photos of the new Met production Werther show tenor Jonas Kaufmann (Werther) and mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch (Charlotte) expressing the throes of unrequited love. […]

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GP at the Met: Prince Igor

The Polovtsian Dances

This excerpt features the Polovtsian Dances section of Borodin’s Prince Igor, which will air in Great Performances at the Met this Sunday at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). The Polovtsian Dances is one of the most popular pieces of Russian classical music and in this Prince Igor, designed and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, […]

GP at the Met: Prince Igor

Trio from Act 3

Watch an excerpt from Act 3 of Borodin’s Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera, a trio with Anita Rachvelishvili as Konchakovna, Sergey Semishkur as Vladimir Igorevich, and Ildar Abdrazakov as the title character. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production opened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on February 6, 2014 and airs June 22, 2014 […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

The Hollow Crown Nominated for Critics’ Choice Television Award

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The Hollow Crown, nominated for “Best Mini-Series,” is made up of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays — Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II and Henry V — and aired on Great Performances […]

GP at the Met: Prince Igor

About the Opera

Borodin’s operatic masterpiece Prince Igor, which had its first Met performances since 1917 earlier this year, will be broadcast on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) The acclaimed new production by director Dmitri […]

GP at the Met: Rusalka

Renée Fleming Sings “Song to the Moon”

The American soprano Renée Fleming won the Met’s National Council Auditions 25 years ago singing the forlorn mermaid’s famous aria “Song to the Moon” and has sung the role of Rusalka more than any other artist in the Metropolitan Opera’s history. Dvořák’s Rusalka airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 18, 2014,  at […]

GP at the Met: Rusalka

About the Opera

Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic Rusalka, on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 18, 2014,  at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera Friday, May 30, 2014,  at 9 p.m.) The story of the opera, which […]