Now in its 48th season on PBS, GREAT PERFORMANCES is America’s preeminent performing arts television series, showcasing a diverse range of performing arts specials from around the world.
Since its premiere in 1972, GREAT PERFORMANCES has presented an international roster of renowned artists and performing art companies of all genres. From new productions of timeless classics to innovative performances by emerging artists, GREAT PERFORMANCES is proud to carry on its legacy of bringing the best of the performing arts to an American public television audience. To date, the series has been awarded 67 Emmy Awards and six George Foster Peabody Awards.
GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET New York Public Media. Under the GREAT PERFORMANCES banner, THIRTEEN also presents GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, which recently completed its thirteenth season.
Major series funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Jody and John Arnhold, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, The Starr Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Ruth and Harold Newman, the Merle and Shirley Harris Fund, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, Lorraine A. Egan and Richard T. Egan, public television viewers and PBS.