“Largo al factotum” is Figaro’s entrance aria in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The opening lines translate as, “Make way for the factotum (servant) of the city, Hurrying to his shop since dawn is already here. Ah, what a fine life, what fine pleasure for a barber of quality!” This is Christopher Maltman’s first Metropolitan […]
Annie Lennox performs a soulful and rich rendition of the American Songbook classic “Summertime,” which George Gershwin composed for his opera Porgy and Bess (1935). The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward (author of the novel Porgy, on which the opera was based) and Ira Gershwin. Billie Holiday recorded the song in 1936 and it quickly […]
Here are excerpts from Mark Morris’s signature, evening-length work, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, filmed at his group’s engagement at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain, in July 2014. The three sections are Populous Cities from Act II; The Hunt, a playful scene from Act I; and the joyful finale. The music is by […]
The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia — featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera — returns to Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m. (check local listings; In New York THIRTEEN will air the three-hour broadcast at 12:30 p.m.). […]
Annie Lennox performs “Georgia on My Mind” from her Nostalgia album, live in concert. The song was written by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics) in 1930. It was covered by many artists before the 1960 recording by Ray Charles made it a hit. Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert airs on PBS on […]
Bryan Adams performs “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” his Grammy Award-winning ballad from 1991. Co-written with Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the song was in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and was nominated for an Academy Award. The song is also on Adams’ album Waking Up the Neighbours. […]
Featuring Josh Groban, Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell, Great Performances partners with the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert for a concert of memorable movie themes with music from Amarcord, La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino, and more.
When he was 24, Bryan Adams co-wrote “It’s Only Love” with Jim Vallance as a duet with Tina Turner on his album Reckless (1984). The duet was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 1986 won an MTV award for Best Stage Performance. Here is an excerpt from his concert, performing the song with his […]
Mark Morris’s signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato comes to television for the first time, hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired George Frideric Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso […]
Bryan Adams in Concert includes the Canadian singer-songwriter performing “God Only Knows,” which he recorded for Tracks of My Tears (2014), his album of covers. The Beach Boys released “God Only Knows” on their album Pet Sounds (1966). Watch the full concert on PBS stations in March (check local listings).