The broadcast is led by noted French conductor Bertrand de Billy, directing the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tenors Plácido Domingo and Rolando Villazón join soprano Anna Netrebko in the evening of highlights from such favorite works as The Merry Widow, Land of Smiles and El Gato Montes.
Presented by Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic celebrating the 90th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth and 50th anniversary of his appointment as New York Philharmonic Music Director.Premiered January 13, 2009
One of Donizetti’s most cherished — and perhaps one of the most vocally challenging — operas stars Natalie Dessay (Marie), Felicity Palmer (Marquise of Berkenfield), Juan Diego Flórez (Tonio), Alessandro Corbelli (Sulpice), Marian Seldes (Duchess of Krakenthorp). Directed by Laurent Pelly, conducted by Marco Armiliato.
Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico in a production by Jack O’Brien, conducted by James Levine.
Exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by Angela Gheorghiu, who sings Mimì at the Met for the first time in twelve years, opposite tenor Ramón Vargas as her lover, Rodolfo, in Puccini’s La Bohème.
Bartlett Sher directs the Rossini opera production featuring Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva), Peter Mattei (Figaro), John Del Carlo (Dr. Bartolo), John Relyea (Don Basilio), Claudia Waite (Berta), Mark Schowalter (Sergeant), Brian Davis (Fiorello) and Rob Besserer (Ambrogio).
Russian dynamo Valery Gergiev — world-famous conductor and tireless promoter of his nation’s rich musical heritage — sits for his GREAT PERFORMANCES portrait. For a man conducting a performance nearly every day of the year, Gergiev remains the calm center of the frenzied world of musicians, singers, administrators, politicians, and managers swirling around him.
Robert Carsen and Valery Gergiev bring Tchaikovsky’s opera based on Alexander Pushkin’s poem to the stage. Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars in his signature role of Onegin, opposite Renée Fleming and Ramón Vargas.
Acclaimed tenor Anthony Dean Griffey tackles the title role in Benjamin Britten’s haunting Peter Grimes. Acclaimed tenor Anthony Dean Griffey tackles the title role in Benjamin Britten’s haunting Peter Grimes. Under investigation for unthinkable transgressions, Grimes proclaims his innocence in the face of the unrelenting accusations of his fellow townspeople.
Tan Dun conducts his opera based on an epic about Imperial China. Visionary director Zhang Yimou was also architect of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.