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S50 Ep11

Great Performances at the Met: The Hours

Premiere: 3/17/2023 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Renée Fleming makes her return to the Met with Kelli O'Hara and Joyce DiDonato in this new opera from a Pulitzer Prize–winning composer inspired by Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.”

About the Episode

Premieres on Friday, March 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Great Performances at the Met opens season 17 with Great Performances at The Met: The Hours, a new opera from composer Kevin Puts, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel and the 2002 Academy Award-winning film by librettist Greg Pierce, and inspired by Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” Renée Fleming makes her return to the Met after nearly five years to star in this production alongside Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and opera star Joyce DiDonatoPhelim McDermott directs the production with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Christine Baranski hosts.

Great Performances at The Met: The Hours 
takes place in a single day as it follows the stories of three women over three time periods and cities: Clarissa Vaughan in New York City in 1999; Virginia Woolf in Richmond, England, in 1923; and Laura Brown in Los Angeles in 1949. Over the course of the opera, Woolf (DiDonato) is writing the novel, Brown (O’Hara) is reading it in the 1950s, and Vaughan (Fleming) is seemingly living through its plot in late-20th century Manhattan. Grappling with loss, isolation, and their roles in society, the three women find that they are not alone as they make shared connections that transcend time and geography. The opera uses Woolf’s and Cunningham’s magisterial prose as a departure point from which to explore ambiguities and fluidities that are heightened further by musical expression.



Renée Fleming – Clarissa Vaughan

Joyce DiDonato – Virginia Woolf

Kelli O’Hara – Laura Brown

Denyce Graves – Sally

Kathleen Kim – Barbara/Mrs. Latch

Kyle Ketelsen – Richard

Sean Panikkar – Leonard Woolf

Brandon Cedel – Dan Brown

Kai Edgar – Richie

Sylvia D’Eramo – Kitty/Vanessa

William Burden – Louis

John Holiday – Man Under Arch/Hotel Clerk

Tony Stevenson – Walter

Atticus Ware – Julian

Lena Josephine Marano – Angelica

Patrick Scott McDermott – Quentin

Eve Gigliotti – Nelly



Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Conductor

Phelim McDermott – Production

Kevin Puts – Music

Greg Pierce – Libretto

Tom Pye – Set and Costume Designer

Bruno Poet – Lighting Designer

Finn Ross – Projection Designer

Annie-B Parson – Choreographer

Paul Cremo – Dramaturg

Christine Baranski – Host


Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni is Supervising Producer and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is the Executive Producer. For Great Performances: Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.


Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and Jody and John Arnhold.


We've read 'The Hours,' the book.

We've seen 'The Hours,' the movie.

Now experience 'The Hours,' the opera and its acclaimed world premiere production from The Met.

The phenomenal Rene e Fleming Joyce DiDonato and Kelli O'Hara play women from different time periods facing their lives.

Look for the Kevin Puts and Greg Pierce opera 'The Hours' on Great Performances at the Met.


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