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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 […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Full Episode

Sleeping Beauty is the latest re-imagining of a ballet classic by choreographer Matthew Bourne.  The award-winning production aired on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, after a triumphant premiere in London in 2012 and a U.S. tour in the fall of 2013. (Check local listings). With Sleeping Beauty the British choreographer has returned […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Curse is Broken in Sleeping Beauty

Leo’s kiss of true love breaks the curse that has held Princess Aurora (Hannah Vassallo) under its spell. After 100 years of sleep, Aurora discovers Leo (Dominic North) has been transformed in order to have eternal life and reunite with her. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Interview: Matthew Bourne on Storytelling in Ballet

Dance history and storytelling is important to choreographer Matthew Bourne, creator of a Swan Lake with an all-male corps of Swans, and an Edward Scissorhands ballet, among other innovative productions. Known for his bold re-interpretations of classic ballets like Sleeping Beauty, he is conscious of the original versions and even “reverential about them,” he says […]