Total Episodes: 565
Status: Returning Series
First Air Date: Jan 28, 1971
Recent Air Date: Mar 25, 2022
Run Time: m
In Production: Yes
Original Language: English
Age Rating: NR
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23 October 2015 - 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.
06 November 2015 - Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do
A retrospective of Broadway legend Chita Rivera. Luminaries Dick Van Dyke, John Kander, Carol Lawrence, Ben Vereen, and others pay tribute to the dynamic singer, dancer, and actress. Anita in “West Side Story,” Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie,” Velma in “Chicago,” — these are just some of the iconic roles created by Rivera. Also see newly filmed songs from Rivera’s concert repertoire.
27 November 2015 - 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.
01 January 2016 - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016
Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year’s Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic from Vienna’s Musikverein, a beloved annual tradition. Maestro Mariss Jansons will conduct the popular concert of melodies by the Strauss Family and their contemporaries. The the Vienna Boys’ Choir and soloists of the Vienna State Ballet also perform.
22 January 2016 - 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.
21 February 2016 - Great Performances 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 Lučić is Otello’s sinister rival, Iago. Great Performances at the Met is now in its 10th season.
13 March 2016 - Great Performances at the Met: Tannhäuser
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.
10 April 2016 - Great Performances 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.
28 April 2016 - Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration
A concert with folk music legend Joan Baez and others, celebrating her birthday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Baez is joined on stage by stars including David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, and Richard Thompson.
21 May 2016 - Great Performances 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.
12 June 2016 - Great Performances at the Met: Turandot
Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liù and Marco Berti as Calàf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular 1987 production.
13 August 2016 - 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.
19 August 2016 - 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.
28 August 2016 - Great Performances at the Met: Roberto Devereux
The last opera in Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Elizabeth I and features Matthew Polenzani, Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecien. Maurizio Benini conducts.
18 September 2016 - Great Performances at the Met: Elektra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed staging of Elektra, with Nina Stemme in the title role on Great Performances at the Met
30 September 2016 - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016
Led by guest conductor Semyon Bychkov for the very first time, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 13th open-air concert, with a program of French orchestral classics, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace.