Opera

Verdi’s Il Trovatore kicks off Great Performances at the Met, Season 10, followed in February by another Verdi opera, Otello.

GP at the Met: Prince Igor

GP at the Met: Prince Igor

Borodin’s historic Russian epic Prince Igor, performed by the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years, comes to Great Performances at the Met on June 22, 2014. The acclaimed new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov, in his Met debut, stars Ildar Abdrazakov as the heroic title character, a 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces.

Premiered June 22, 2014
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GP at the Met: Rusalka

GP at the Met: Rusalka

Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic Rusalka. The story of the opera is drawn from folktale sources including Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a cast that also includes Piotr Beczala as the handsome Prince.

Premiered May 18, 2014
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GP at The Met: Falstaff

GP at The Met: Falstaff

Verdi’s final masterpiece in its first new Met production in 50 years — and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years. Ambrogio Maestri sings the basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Premiered April 13, 2014
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GP at the Met: Tosca (2014)

GP at the Met: Tosca (2014)

Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars in one of opera’s greatest roles as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy‘s production of Puccini’s classic drama. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia.

Premiered March 9, 2014
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GP at The Met: The Nose

GP at The Met: The Nose

William Kentridge‘s dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera stars Tony Award winner (South Pacific) Paulo Szot as Kovalyov, a hapless Russian bureaucrat who awakes one morning to discover that his nose has run away.

Premiered February 23, 2014
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GP at the Met: L’Elisir D’Amore

GP at the Met: L’Elisir D’Amore

Star soprano Anna Netrebko takes center stage as Adina, the irresistible heroine of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love). Although L’Elisir d’Amore is one of the most popular comic operas in the repertory, this production marks the first time it has been performed on a Met’s opening night.

Premiered January 18, 2013
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GP at the Met: Eugene Onegin (2014)

GP at the Met: Eugene Onegin (2014)

In the fall of 2013, Anna Netrebko opened her third consecutive Met season — which will mark her ninth Great Performances at the Met broadcast — in her company role debut as Tatiana, the naïve heroine from Pushkin’s classic novel, in Eugene Onegin.

Premiered January 17, 2014
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Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

Composed in two acts and sung in English, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaptation brings a thrilling new musical dimension to one of the towering classics of American literature, Herman Melville’s celebrated novel Moby Dick. San Francisco Opera’s critically acclaimed premiere ran for eight performances in the fall of 2012 at the historic War Memorial Opera House.

Premiered November 1, 2013
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40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary Celebration

Great Performances has provided viewers an unparalleled showcase of the best of the performing arts. On the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them, with performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé.

Premiered October 18, 2013
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