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Il Postino From LA Opera

About the Opera

THIRTEEN’s Great Performances presents the world premiere performance of Daniel Catan’s opera Il Postino from LA Opera starring Placido Domingo on Friday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1994 Italian film that became a surprise hit with audiences around the world, and […]

Rigoletto from Mantua

Full Episode

Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Rigoletto from Mantua stars Placido Domingo in the baritone title role of Rigoletto; Julia Novikova as his innocent daughter Gilda; Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke; and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile. The film is recorded in in the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and hours […]

GP at the Met: Nixon in China

About the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s premiere production of John Adams’ Nixon in China, conducted by the composer and staged by internationally acclaimed director Peter Sellars, will air in primetime on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at the Met Wednesday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

Hamlet

Interview with Sir Patrick Stewart

Great Performances interviewed the recently-knighted Sir Patrick Stewart about playing the roles of Claudius and the Ghost in the upcoming GP special Hamlet to air on PBS stations nationwide on April 28th at 8 p.m. (check local listings). While in California in January promoting the broadcast, Stewart talked about the process of creating a modern […]

Hamlet

About the Film

Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet. The production will be presented on PBS […]

Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

Improvisations, Movement #3

Set in a school gymnasium, the ensemble of Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz performs the third movement of the ballet, “Improvisations, Movement #3.”

About the Film

In 1958, Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz, became a smash hit when it was broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured around the world. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince and abstract urban backdrops by Ben Shahn, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through […]

Preview the Rock Musical

The show universally applauded for its originality, deep emotional resonance, and powerful, high-octane score, makes its broadcast debut on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances on PBS. Passing Strange, the Spike Lee-directed film featuring the award-winning Broadway rock musical of the same title, will air in primetime on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9 p.m. EST (check local […]

Interview with Anna Netrebko

Great Performances had a chance to sit-down with opera diva Anna Netrebko, star of Robert Dornhelm’s film-for-television adaption of Puccini’s La Boheme, premiering on PBS on December 23rd at 9pm (check local listings). Senior Publicist Jitin Hingorani chatted with Netrebko about her experience shooting the film, her recent pregnancy, and her ideas on how opera […]