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GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Act III Finale

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona), Željko Lučić (Iago), and ensemble perform the Act III finale from Verdi’s Otello, in the Bartlett Sher production at the Met. In a rage over being recalled to Venice, Otello loses control and hurls insults at Desdemona in front of the assembled crowd. This is acclaimed costume designer Catherine […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Otello in Historical Context

Otello is the penultimate creation of its composer, who needed prodding to begin the project.  The great Giuseppe Verdi (October 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) had gone into retirement after the success of his opera Aida, which premiered December 24, 1871. His publisher tried to persuade him for years to write another opera. Verdi finally agreed to Otello, based on the Shakespeare […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

About the Opera

Verdi’s late masterpiece based on Otello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama of jealousy and deceit, airs on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, February 21 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local schedule; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed new production is led by dynamic […]

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky Duet

Anna Netrebko (Leonora) and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna) perform the Act IV duet at the final dress rehearsal for Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Leonora offers herself to the count in return for her lover’s life.

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Il Trovatore in Historical Context

Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) was the third opera presented at the Metropolitan Opera House on October 26 in 1883, the year the New York City opera house was founded. Il Trovatore had originally premiered in Rome thirty years earlier on January 19, 1853. Verdi based the opera on the most successful play of Spanish playwright Antonio […]

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Anna Netrebko’s Aria

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings Leonora’s aria from Act IV — “D’amor sull’ali rosee” — in Verdi’s opera, Il Trovatore. It is Netrebko’s highly anticipated Met role debut as Leonora, the tortured heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of Manrico, the Gypsy troubadour.

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016

See Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic performs in Salzburg, Austria, every summer. In this very special all-music and scenic feature, members of the orchestra and others play at historic sites and concert settings in Salzburg, the beautiful city and birthplace of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791). In 2016, Salzburg celebrates its 200th year as part of […]

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016

Full Episode

Julie Andrews hosts the annual program with the Vienna Philharmonic, this year conducted by Mariss Jansons, and with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and Vienna State Ballet soloists. The New Year’s day celebration is presented by THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) with an encore performance that […]

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016

Julie Andrews in Vienna

As part of From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016, host Julie Andrews visits the Lusthaus cafe in Vienna’s Prater park and explains the history of one of Vienna’s most popular attractions. The Prater grounds were once the hunting grounds of the Habsburg royalty before Emperor Joseph II opened it to the public in 1766. […]

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

About the Opera

Anna Netrebko leads a starry cast in Verdi’s Il Trovatore on the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS, and repeated Sunday, January 24 at 12 p.m. (check local listings). Soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her highly anticipated Met role debut as Leonora, the tortured heroine […]