About the Opera
About the Opera

Rossini’s Armida concludes the 2009-2010 season of THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at The Met on PBS Soprano Renée Fleming triumphs as the vengeful sorceress in the title role of Gioachino Rossini’s Armida, premiering in primetime on THIRTEEN on Thursday, August 19 at 8 pm. The Great Performances at The Met presentation ...

 About the Opera
About the Opera

Baritone Simon Keenlyside, whose performance as Hamlet received rave reviews when this production by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser was introduced at the Metropolitan Opera, commands the stage in the opera’s premiere on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at the Met, in primetime on Thursday, July 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN ...

 About the Opera
About the Opera

For the first time at the Metropolitan Opera, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo sings a baritone role, the title character in Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, airing on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at The Met in primetime on Thursday, June 17 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN and on Sunday, June 20 at 12 ...

 Excerpt from the Film: Rehearsing <em>Paquita</em>
Excerpt from the Film: Rehearsing Paquita

Watch multiple rehearsals including the male corps de ballet, dancer Mathilde Froustey from corps de ballet, 4 female dancers, and dancers Melanie Hurel and Muriel Zusperreguy all rehearsing Paquita choreographed by Pierre Lacotte (from Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa).

 Excerpt from the Film: Rehearsing with Wayne McGregor
Excerpt from the Film: Rehearsing with Wayne McGregor

In this clip from La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris, watch a rehearsal of Genus by Wayne McGregor. Choreographer Wayne McGregor and an assistant ballet master watch dancers Marie-Agnes Gillot and Benjamin Pech, with McGregor giving his notes on their performance.

 Excerpt from the Film: A Meeting of Creative Minds
Excerpt from the Film: A Meeting of Creative Minds

In an excerpt from La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris, witness a meeting between Director of Dance, Brigitte Lefevre, and choreographer Emanuel Gat. Lefevre explains the process of creating new work with the Paris Opera Ballet and offers examples of how they handled casting for a piece by ...

 Production Credits
Production Credits

Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris


Director: Frederick Wiseman

Photography: John Davey

Sound: Frederick Wiseman

Editors: Frederick Wiseman, Valérie Pico

Sound Editors: Hervé Guyader

Mix: Emmanuel Croset

Second Camera, Paquita: Dick Pope

Camera Assistants: James Bishop, Mark Puffett, Mathias Sabourdin, Frédérique Saj

Assistant Editor: Nathalie Vigneres

Producers: Françoise Gazio, Pierre-Olivier Bardet— Idéale Audience

Frederick Wiseman—   Zipporah Films

In Co-Production with: L’Opera ...

Wiseman Film Paris Opera Ballet
Preview the Film

Frederick Wiseman's performance-documentary, La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris, provides an inside look at the French ballet company known for perfection and precision, The Paris Opera Ballet. The film airs for GREAT PERFORMANCES June 16, 2010 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

 The Making of Hamlet


The Making of Hamlet

Join GREAT PERFORMANCES to go behind the scenes of the Royal Shakespeare Company's exciting new production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and director Gregory Doran discuss the creative process of transferring the production from the original RSC stage production to the on-location television film adaptation.

 Production Credits


Production Credits

Gregory Doran

John Wyver
Sebastian Grant

David Tennant

Claudius and The Ghost
Patrick Stewart

Penny Downie

Oliver Ford Davies

Mariah Gale

Edward Bennett

Peter De Jersey

Rosencrantz and Second Gravedigger
Sam Alexander

Tom Davey

Mark Hadfield

Player King
John Woodvine

Osric And Player Queen
Ryan Gage

Dumbshow King
Samuel Dutton

Dumbshow Queen and Priest
Jim Hooper

Reynaldo and Dumbshow Poisoner
David Ajala

Keith Osborn

Ewen Cummins

Francisco and Fortinbras
Robert Curtis

Roderick Smith

Andrea Harris

Ricky Champ

Riann Steele
Zoe Thorne

Sam Jones Cdg

Original ...