Ren e Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvo k's Rusalka, an opera about a water spirit's tragic romance with a prince. The story is drawn partly from Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid.' Conductor Yannick N zet-S guin leads a cast that includes Piotr Beczala; Dolora Zajick; Emily Magee; and John Relyea as Rusalka's father, the Water Sprite.
Boz Scaggs sings his Grammy-winning R&B song, 'Lowdown' on Great Performances' The Dukes of September, airing in March 2014 on PBS. He's accompanied by Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald in this live concert.
Hugh Jackman (Curly) sings 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'' in a scene with Maureen Lipman (Aunt Eller) in Rodgers & Hammerstein s 'Oklahoma!' produced by the Royal National Theatre.
Watch 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch play Rosencrantz and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith play Guildenstern in a scene from 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' by Tom Stoppard. The play was first performed at The National Theatre in 1967. Part of 'National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage' airing 2/14/14.
International pop star Josh Groban sings Not While I m Around from the musical Sweeney Todd for the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration, held at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's song 'Love Has Come For You' won a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. Watch them perform it live with the Steep Canyon Rangers in this excerpt from 'Great Performances: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert,' airing in March on PBS (check local listings).
Steely Dan combined rock, jazz and funk in 'Kid Charlemagne,' a single off the band's 1976 album, The Royal Scam. Written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the song is performed by Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald in a live performance during a Dukes of September concert for Great Performances. Airing in March on PBS. Check local listings.
Dance history and storytelling is important to choreographer Matthew Bourne, creator of a 'Swan Lake' with an all-male corp of Swans, and an 'Edward Scissorhands' ballet, among other productions. Even in his re-interpretation of 'Sleeping Beauty,' he remains 'reverential' about the original, he says in this interview. 'Matthew Bourne s Sleeping Beauty' airs on Great Performances, April 25 at 9 pm.
Mariusz Kwiecien (Onegin) performs the aria ('Kogda bi zhizn') in Act I of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin,' a production of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 'Eugene Onegin' is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met on Friday, January 17 at 9 pm.
This one-hour program airing in late November and December is dedicated to the great tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. It includes his performances of Nessun Dorma and other beloved arias from La Boheme, Rigoletto and Aida. See Pavarotti in some of his finest performances and in duet with Sting, Bono, Eric Clapton, and The Three Tenors.
Patrick Summer is the conductor of San Francisco Opera's 'Moby-Dick.' He describes presenting new work as 'one of the most vital things we do in the performing arts' and discusses how a living composer provides additional details beyond what's written in the score.
Sting and his band and Jimmy Nail perform 'Shipyard' from his album and upcoming musical, 'The Last Ship,' live at the Public Theater in New York City. The song introduces various characters in a shipbuilding community.
Actor Tom Hiddleston previews The Hollow Crown, coming to PBS beginning Sept. 20, 2013. This ambitious four-part miniseries assembles four of Shakespeare's history plays Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V into a single chronological narrative.
Michael McDonald sings his hit, 'I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)' on Great Performances' The Dukes of September, airing in March 2014. The five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter is joined on stage by Boz Scaggs and Donald Fagan. The song was released on McDonald's debut album in 1982, after the band The Doobie Brothers broke up.
The freshly roasted turkey is hot, and so is the passion and comedy in this lovers' kitchen scene with Sir John Falstaff (Ambrogio Maestri) and Alice Ford (Angela Mead). Robert Carsen gives Verdi's last opera a 1950s sitcom setting. Airing Sunday, April 13, 2014, at noon on PBS (check local listings; airs April 10 at 9 pm on Thirteen).
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