Tony Bennett talks about collaborating with Lady Gaga, Queen Latifah, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, Amy Winehouse, and others to create the show Tony Bennett: Duets II and what it’s like to be creating new work at 85 years old. Tony Bennett: Duets II airs Friday, January 27, 2012, at 9 p.m. on PBS […]
Hugh Laurie talks about his love of the blues and New Orleans in this behind-the-scenes interview for his upcoming program for Great Performances, Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk.
In an interview with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, Sir Patrick Stewart discusses what attracted him to the role of Macbeth, the innovative creative process of working with director Rupert Goold, his co-star Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, his character’s descent into darkness, and some performance advice he received from another famous Macbeth, Sir Ian McKellan.
In this interview, the film’s creators Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi explain their film adaptation of Jerome Robbins famous, but seldom performed, 1958 ballet about being young in New York City. The interview was conducted for the NY Export: Opus Jazz premiere at SXSW 2010 on Saturday, March 13. The film airs nationally for GREAT […]
Grammy-winning singing sensation Michael Bublé comes to Great Performances this week (Thursday, 10pm) for an unforgettable Madison Square Garden concert. Bublé sat down with WNET.ORG’s SundayArts host Christina Ha to discuss his music and the importance of Public Television. In the first clip, Bublé talks about his recent Grammy win, his long, but solid path […]
Spike Lee interviews Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the collaborating creators of Passing Strange, offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the innovative musical that rocked Broadway. The two discuss the show’s magical closing night on Broadway, the earlier incarnation of the production at The Public Theater, the importance of documenting theater, and their […]
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 […]
In this short video, Sting explains his creative process in choosing songs for “A Winter’s Night…,” the process of recording one of his quietest albums with the largest band he’s ever worked with, and the experience of performing live in the Durham Cathedral. In between the conversation with Sting, also see excerpts from the concert […]
John Adams is one of America’s most admired and respected composers today. He’s also a conductor eagerly sought after by America’s major orchestras, a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, a chamber conductor, and a Pulitzer prize and multi-Grammy-winning composer of enormous range and technical command. Adams’ work stands out among contemporary […]
Sir Ian McKellen discusses how Trevor Nunn’s set design seeks to preserve the original intention of Shakespeare, performing Shakespeare for the camera, the task of performing King Lear’s transformation from King into madman, the significance of Lear’s relationship with the gods, and how playing Lear, the “Everest” of Shakespeare, often is considered the summation of […]