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S45 Ep21
GP at the Met: Exterminating Angel
Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met continues on PBS on Sunday, March 25, with the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. The Exterminating Angel was inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name, and stars John Tomlinson and Alice Coote. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is the host.
Premiered: 3/25/2018
S45 Ep20
Movies for Grownups® Awards with AARP the Magazine
This year’s 17th annual Movies for Grownups® Awards with AARP the Magazine will be broadcast for the first time ever. Co-produced by Great Performances, the awards premiere Friday, February 23 at 9PM on PBS (check local listings), and PBS apps. Award-winning film and stage actor Alan Cumming hosted the star-studded evening at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills on February 5.
Premiered: 2/23/2018
S43 Ep12
GP at the Met: The Pearl Fishers
Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock, Bizet’s sweeping romance tells the story of a beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, and Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad.
Premiered: 2/14/2018
S43 Ep14
Great Performances at the Met: Manon Lescaut
Hear Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna as the ill-fated lovers in Puccini’s passionate adaptation of the classic novel about a free-spirited country girl. Sir Richard Eyre’s new production, conducted by Fabio Luisi, is set in the 1940s.
Premiered: 2/9/2018
S43 Ep15
Great Performances at the Met: Madama Butterfly
Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role to the series for the first time. Roberto Alagna sings Lieutenant Pinkerton, the callous officer who crushes Butterfly's dreams of love. Debuting conductor Karel Mark Chichon leads a cast that includes Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.
Premiered: 2/9/2018
S43 Ep5
Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
The international superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli lends his unique voice to a lush symphonic salute to the movies, celebrating some of the greatest celluloid songs and scores of all time written by Italian and Hollywood composers. Hollywood luminaries John Travolta, Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw, and Andy Garcia join Bocelli onstage to speak about the films from which the songs derive.
Premiered: 2/8/2018
S43 Ep8
GP at the Met: Otello
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed new Met Opera production is led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Aleksandrs Antonenko in his first Met performance as Otello, the tormented Moor of Venice, with Sonya Yoncheva in her role debut as his innocent wife, Desdemona. Željko Lu?i? is Otello’s sinister rival, Iago. Great Performances at the Met is now in its 10th season.
Premiered: 2/8/2018
S43 Ep3
Billy Elliot: The Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
The hit musical both on Broadway and in London’s West End was recorded for broadcast at the show's West End home, the Victoria Palace Theatre, where it is still playing. Billy Elliot the Musical Live features Liam Mower as Older Billy (he was the first boy ever to play Billy Elliot on stage in 2005). Also, 25 current and former Billy Elliots unite on stage for a number. With a score by Elton John.
Premiered: 2/8/2018
S43 Ep9
GP at the Met: Tannhäuser
Venus and Tannhauser in Tannhauser
Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser comes to Great Performances at the Met for the first time and is conducted by James Levine. The Otto Schenk production gets its first Met revival in more than a decade. Johan Botha makes his Met role debut in the titular role; Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth; Michelle DeYoung is the goddess Venus; Peter Mattei is Wolfram; and Günther Groissböck is the Landgraf.
Premiered: 2/8/2018
S43 Ep7
GP at the Met: Il Trovatore
Yonghoon Lee as Manrico and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in "Great Performances at the Met: Il Trovatore."
Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yonghoon Lee make their Met role debuts in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Netrebko sings Leonora, the tortured heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the Gypsy troubadour, Manrico, played by Yonghoon Lee. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, Dolora Zajick sings her signature role of the gypsy Azucena, and Štefan Kocán is Ferrando. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Premiered: 2/8/2018
S43 Ep10
GP at the Met: Lulu
GP at the Met: Lulu
Artist William Kentridge directs Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, starring German soprano Marlis Petersen as the irresistible femme fatale. One of the most important and notorious stage works of the 20th century, Lulu is the drama of a young woman who sexually and emotionally dominates a wide range of willing victims, both male and female. Welsh National Opera music director Lothar Koenigs conducts.
Premiered: 2/8/2018


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