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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.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais: La Bohème Act I Finale

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais join Andris Nelsons at his inaugural concert as as Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director to perform “O Soave Fanciulla,” the Act I Finale from Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Andris Nelsons was born in 1978 in Riga, Latvia into a family of musicians. He began his career as a […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais: “Tu, tu, amore?”

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais — both frequent collaborators with conductor Andris Nelsons, Opolais’ husband — join Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform the duet “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut. The performance includes a passionate kiss between the singers and afterwards, Opolais playfully mouths “sorry” to her […]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Cavalleria rusticana Intermezzo

Cavalleria rusticana is a one-act opera by Pietro Mascagni, which received its U.S. premiere in 1891 in Philadelphia. The tragic love story is set in a Sicilian village. Its symphonic Intermezzo has been heard outside opera houses in film soundtracks including Raging Bull and The Godfather Part III. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra […]

GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Vittorio Grigolo and Christine Rice

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s opera. Here he sings a duet with English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who plays the Venetian courtesan Giulietta. GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann premieres Sunday, May 10 at noon on PBS (check local listings).

Twilight: Los Angeles

Full Episode

On the 23rd anniversary of the LA riots, Great Performances presents a special encore of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, a riveting theatrical account of the 1992 riots from multiple points of view, which continues to reverberate powerfully within the context of today’s current events. It originally aired on PBS in 2001 and is […]