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Il Postino from LA Opera
Based on the Academy Award-winning 1994 Italian film andthe 1985 novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta, Il Postino tells the story of a young postman who discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries the poet Pablo Neruda, played by Placido Domingo. Daniel Catan's Il Postino from LA Opera airs Friday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Premiered: 11/24/2011
S39 Ep1
Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk
An American favorite for his award-winning role in the hit TV series House, the versatile British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in an atmospheric personal odyssey filmed on location in New Orleans. Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk - A Celebration of New Orleans Blues airs on Great Performances Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 9/29/2011
S38 Ep25
Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles
The great Spanish tenor Placido Domingo looks back on his illustrious career - one which has been bountifully preserved on film and video. The celebrated tenor as he looks back and reflects with heartfelt candor on his choicest roles from opera houses around the world in this comprehensive performance documentary. The program airs Friday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 9/22/2011
S38 Ep22
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2011
Distinguished conductor Valery Gergiev leads the third annual Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night concert to be telecast on Great Performances, Friday, August 19, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This year's theme revolves around "Virtuoso Pictures," as exemplified by the works of Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, Modest Mussorgsky, and Johann Strauss.
Premiered: 8/18/2011
S38 Ep21
GP at the Met: Capriccio
Renee Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the elegant Countess in Richard Strauss's Capriccio, on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 14 at 12 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Andrew Davis, who led the Met premiere of the opera in 1998, returned to conduct its first revival.
Premiered: 8/14/2011
S38 Ep20
GP at the Met: Le Cornte Ory
A trio of bel canto stars--Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau, and Joyce DiDonato--headline the Met's first-ever production of Le Comte Ory, Rossini's final comic masterpiece. Bartlett Sher's hit production will air on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, July 24 at 12 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 7/24/2011
S38 Ep19
Rigoletto from Mantua
Rigoletto from Mantua film
Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto from Mantua stars Placido Domingo as Rigoletto; Julia Novikova as his daughter Gilda; Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke; and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile. Recorded in Mantua, Italy and broadcast live around the world on September 4 and 5, 2010, that broadcast airs Friday, July 15 at 9:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 7/14/2011
S38 Ep18
GP at the Met: Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor, with French soprano Natalie Dessay in one of her greatest roles as Donizetti's fragile heroine, will air on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, June 26 at 12 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). In New York, THIRTEEN will air the production on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
Premiered: 6/26/2011
S38 Ep17
Jackie Evancho Dream With Me In Concert
Jackie Evancho
Taped at Sarasota’s The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the program, co-hosted by David Foster, celebrates the release of her first full-length solo album. Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert, marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice. The Great Performances special will be telecast in June on PBS stations.
Premiered: 6/6/2011
S38 Ep16
Crossroads Guitar Festival 3
In June 2010, Eric Clapton gathered the world's most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival. All profits benefited The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility Clapton founded to help people suffering from chemical dependency. Two hours of highlights, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3, will air June 6 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).
Premiered: 6/6/2011
S38 Ep15
GP at the Met: Nixon in China
Nixon in China opera
The Metropolitan Opera's premiere production of John Adams' Nixon in China, conducted by the composer and staged by internationally acclaimed director Peter Sellars, will air in primetime on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Wednesday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 6/1/2011
S38 Ep13
GP at the Met: Iphigenie En Tauride
Gluck's rarely performed masterpiece, Iphigenie en Tauride, starring Susan Graham, Placido Domingo and Paul Groves, will air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 29 at 12 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Patrick Summers conducts the revival of the Metropolitan Opera's much-lauded production by Stephen Wadsworth.
Premiered: 5/29/2011
S38 Ep14
Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert
In remembrance and renewal, THIRTEEN'S Great Performances will broadcast A Concert for New York, performed by the New York Philharmonic on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center. The concert will air Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).
Premiered: 5/30/2011
S38 Ep12
GP at the Met: La Fanciulla Del West
The Metropolitan Opera's production of La Fanciulla del West, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opera's 1910 world premiere at the Met, will air April 24 at 12 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Deborah Voigt sings the role of Minnie, with Marcello Giordani as Dick Johnson (the disguised bandit Ramerrez) and Lucio Gallo as the villainous sheriff Jack Rance.
Premiered: 4/24/2011

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