GP at the Met: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly in Historical Context

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924). Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, Puccini’s librettists for Madama Butterfly, had also collaborated with the composer on his previous two operas, Tosca and La Bohème. The opera is based in part on the 1898 short story “Madame Butterfly” by John Luther Long, which had its […]

Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert

Jackie Evancho sings “Nessun Dorma”

Watch Jackie Evancho perform the aria “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot for the GREAT PERFORMANCES Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert. The concert is telecast throughout June, 2011 on PBS stations (check local listings).

About the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opera’s 1910 world premiere at the Met, will air April 24 at 12 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Deborah Voigt sings the role of Minnie, with Marcello Giordani as Dick Johnson (the disguised bandit Ramerrez) and Lucio Gallo as the villainous sheriff Jack Rance.

Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends

Jackie Evancho performs “O Mio Babbino Caro”

In a clip from Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends, Jackie Evancho, the 10 year old opera singer who first appeared on America’s Got Talent, performs Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the opera Gianni Schicchi. Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends airs throughout March 2011 on PBS (check local listings).

Preview the Opera

Franco Zeffirelli’s glittering production of Puccini’s Turandot, with Maria Guleghina in the title role and Marcello Giordani as Calàf,  makes its debut on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met. Marina Poplavskaya sings Liù, Samuel Ramey is Timur, and conductor Andris Nelsons makes his Great Performances at the Met debut. With its grand, dazzling sets, the […]

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 […]

Cast and Credits

In memory of Anthony Minghella Directed by GARY HALVORSON Conductor PATRICK SUMMERS Production ANTHONY MINGHELLA Director and Choreographer CAROLYN CHOA Set Designer MICHAEL LEVINE Costume Designer HAN FENG Lighting Designer PETER MUMFORD Puppetry BLIND SUMMIT THEATRE MARK DOWN NICK BARNES Host RENÉE FLEMING Cast in order of vocal appearance Lt. B.F. Pinkerton MARCELLO GIORDANI Goro […]

Preview of Madama Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s sumptuous production of Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of love and betrayal, offers viewers a rare visual treat Saturday, June 20 at Noon (ET) on Great Performances at the Met on PBS HD (check local listings). Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG – one […]

Preview of La Rondine

Opera’s golden couple, Angela Gheorghiu and husband Roberto Alagna, offer viewers a rare chance to experience Giacomo Puccini’s attempt to meld Italianate opera with the bittersweet Viennese operetta formula Saturday, April 25 at noon (ET) on Great Performances at the Met on PBS HD (check local listings). Last seen at the Met in 1936, La […]

GP at The Met: La Bohème


Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Production: Franco Zeffirelli Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Performers: Angela Gheorghiu (Mimì), Ramón Vargas (Rodolfo), Ainhoa Arteta (Musetta), Ludovic Tézier (Marcello), Quinn Kelsey (Schaunard), Oren Gradus (Colline), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro) Synopsis: Franco Zeffirelli’s timeless interpretation of the Puccini favorite has been delighting audiences at the […]