Now in its 49th 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 The WNET Group. Under the GREAT PERFORMANCES banner, THIRTEEN also presents GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, which recently completed its fifteenth season.
Major series funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Jody and John Arnhold, the Abra Prentice Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, the Jack Lawrence Charitable Remainder Trust Worchell Lawrence, and Ellen and James S. Marcus.