Great Performances

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  • TV-G
  • 1972
  • 49 Seasons
  • 7.9  (774)

Great Performances is a television show that airs on PBS which showcases some of the best performances made on plays, shows, and all kinds of broadway shows. It has been in existence ever since the early 1970's showcasing some of the best performances on broadway and other plays. The point of the series is to be an anthology of musical performances, so you will learn a whole lot about different performances and what makes them just so unique and worth using. What makes Great Performances so unique is the fact that the stars are always very well respected. Julie Andrews was very often praised for her great amount of hard work added into this show. Great Performances has showcased the performances from operas, plays, broadway shows, ballets, and all kinds of concerts. If there was a singer in the past who performed perfectly all the time, then Great Performances would actually portray and showcase those exact performances. The show was meant to show people the hidden broadway performances that oftentimes wouldn't be seen. Those who will enjoy this show the most are those who love music, performing, and definitely enjoy seeing broadway plays come to life in a single show all at once. The show has produced a wonderful spin-off that involves mostly dancing and performances. It definitely is tough at times to find a show like this one, especially since there aren't that many shows like this. Musical shows are always very interesting, and it is worth the time in the long run to consider watching Great Performances if you enjoy music. What most people enjoy so much about this show is the unique learning experiences and knowledge that is explained during the performances which they show on the series. Having created dozens of episodes, you will find this great show to be interesting, fun, and definitely worth experiencing. There are tons of shows that do not go deep into different musical performances. Great Performances is definitely one of the best available and can be perfect to watch with your family whenever it airs. The show is simple and easy to follow, and you can also gain a glimpse just a few of the best performances that ever took place. Watch Great Performances if you love music and performing.

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Don Carlos
32. Don Carlos
August 7, 2022
Summary is not available.
Ariadne Auf Naxos
31. Ariadne Auf Naxos
July 3, 2022
Soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’ masterpiece.
Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto
30. Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto
June 17, 2022
Baritone Quinn Kelsey portrays the title role at the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua. Maestro Daniele Rustioni leads Verdi’s timeless tragedy reset in 1920s Europe by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher. Varduhi Abrahamyan plays Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni plays Sparafucile.
Keeping Company with Sondheim
29. Keeping Company with Sondheim
May 27, 2022
Great Performances presents the New York Philharmonic’s concert staging of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, “Company,” with an all-star cast. The groundbreaking musical premiered in 1970 and had Broadway revivals in 1995 and 2006. “Company” centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor, celebrating his 35th birthday with his ten closest friends, who happen to be five couples.
Merry Wives
28. Merry Wives
May 20, 2022
Experience Shakespeare's comedic masterpiece set in South Harlem, telling the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a celebration of Black joy, laughter and vitality.
Great Performances: Anything Goes
27. Great Performances: Anything Goes
May 13, 2022
Enjoy this London production of Cole Porter’s classic musical led by Sutton Foster who reprises her Tony-winning role as Reno Sweeney directed by Kathleen Marshall with favorite songs like “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.”
Great Performances at the Met: Cinderella
26. Great Performances at the Met: Cinderella
May 8, 2022
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars as the rags-to-riches princess in Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” Featuring an all-new English translation by Kelley Rourke and conducted by Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, the cast also includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and more.
Now Hear This
25. Now Hear This "New American Voices"
April 29, 2022
Scott Yoo discovers how American composers are inspired by their immigrant roots today through two composers: Brazilian-born Sergio Assad and Indian American Reena Esmail.
Now Hear This
24. Now Hear This "Aaron Copland: Dean of American Music"
April 22, 2022
Scott Yoo explores the life and work of Aaron Copland, and how he created the American sound.
Now Hear This
23. Now Hear This "Florence Price and the American Migration"
April 15, 2022
From Little Rock to Chicago, host Scott Yoo follows the trail of the great African American composer Florence Price.
Now Hear This
22. Now Hear This "Amy Beach: American Romantic"
June 8, 2022
Host Scott Yoo and his wife, flutist Alice Dade, perform the work of Romantic era classical composer Amy Beach at Festival Mosaic and uncover Beach’s many musical influences. Featuring performances of Beach’s works, the duo visits places Beach took inspiration from throughout her life, including an artist residency at MacDowell in New Hampshire.
Great Performances at the Met: Fire Shut Up In My Bones
21. Great Performances at the Met: Fire Shut Up In My Bones
April 1, 2022
Experience Grammy-winning composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmon’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s memoir. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown co-direct with Brown also choreographing. Baritone Will Liverman stars with soprano Angel Blue.
The Conductor
20. The Conductor
March 25, 2022
Summary is not available.
Movies for Grownups® Awards 2022 with AARP The Magazine
19. Movies for Grownups® Awards 2022 with AARP The Magazine
March 18, 2022
First broadcast on PBS in 2018, Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine returns for a fifth year to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie-lovers with a grownup state of mind
Great Performances at the Met: Eurydice
18. Great Performances at the Met: Eurydice
March 6, 2022
The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the Underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view.
GP at the Met: Boris Godunov
17. GP at the Met: Boris Godunov
February 6, 2022
Bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between ambition and paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky’s Russian masterwork in its original 1869 version. Stephen Wadsworth’s production captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself. Met Opera soprano Angel Blue hosts.
Reopening: The Broadway Revival
16. Reopening: The Broadway Revival
January 18, 2022
Summary is not available.
From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2022
15. From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2022
January 1, 2022
Great Performances continues its tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the world-famous Musikverein. Under the baton of Grammy-winning and third-time guest conductor Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Philharmonic performs a selection of favorite Strauss Family waltzes. The concert also features dancers from the Vienna State Ballet performing on location at Schönbrunn Palace and its park grounds and a performance by the world-famous Lipizzaner horses from The Spanish Riding School. Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) hosts the New Year's Concert for a fifth consecutive year.
GP at the Met: New Year's Eve Gala
14. GP at the Met: New Year's Eve Gala
December 31, 2021
The Met rings in the new year with a gala performance featuring stars Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani. Performing from the Parktheater in Kurhaus Göggingen in Augsburg, Germany, the program features arias, duets and ensembles from Donizetti to Puccini, as well as arrangements of operetta and Neapolitan songs.
GP at the Met: Bryn Terfel & Friends in Concert
13. GP at the Met: Bryn Terfel & Friends in Concert
December 3, 2021
Recorded December 2020, the legendary bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel performs a holiday program accompanied by Jeff Howard on piano and the Welsh traditional folk group Calan from Brecon Cathedral in the singer’s native Wales.
Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole
12. Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole
November 27, 2021
Enjoy this special encore of Natalie Cole’s Emmy-winning concert of her GRAMMY-winning album in Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole. Featuring classics such as “Mona Lisa,” “The Very Thought of You” and “For Sentimental Reasons,” the concert also features a special performance of Nat King Cole’s signature song “Unforgettable” sung as a duet by Natalie Cole and her father.
Coppelia!
10. Coppelia!
November 26, 2021
Enjoy this contemporary reboot of the 1870 classical ballet favorite Featuring a blend of live action ballet with CGI, the film features ballet stars Michaela DePrince and Daniel Camargo.
San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night
9. San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night
November 19, 2021
Celebrate opening night of San Francisco Symphony's 110th season as it welcomes its new GRAMMY-winning music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring music by John Adams, Esperanza Spalding & Wayne Shorter and performances by Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
John Williams at Tanglewood
8. John Williams at Tanglewood
November 12, 2021
Experience a concert of works by legendary composer John Williams from Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home at Tanglewood including Williams' new violin concerto performed by virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter and other works conducted by Andris Nelsons.
Great Performances at the Met: Wagnerians in Concert
7. Great Performances at the Met: Wagnerians in Concert
November 5, 2021
Recorded in May, a quartet of some of opera’s most powerful and dramatic singers comes together at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany. Sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager, and baritone Michael Volle perform a program of selections by Wagner and Strauss.
Now Hear This: Beethoven's Ghost
6. Now Hear This: Beethoven's Ghost
October 29, 2021
Go inside the mind of a genius as host Scott Yoo and fellow musicians undertake a recording of Beethoven's most personal music at a historic Berkshires manor to explore the composer's brilliant career where they are visited by some unexpected guests.
GP at the Met: Three Divas at Versailles
5. GP at the Met: Three Divas at Versailles
October 8, 2021
Three-time GRAMMY winner Isabel Leonard joins Nadine Sierra and Ailyn Pérez to perform timeless selections by Mozart, Offenbach and Bizet including “Voi che sapete” and “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” along with beloved songs like “Bésame Mucho” and “Cielito Lindo.” The concert was recorded in May at the Royal Opera of Versailles in France and Met Opera soprano Christine Goerke hosts.
GP at the Met: Sondra Radvanovsky & Piotr Beczala in Concert
4. GP at the Met: Sondra Radvanovsky & Piotr Beczala in Concert
October 1, 2021
From the historic Stadthalle in Wuppertal, Germany, recorded in January, this world-famous soprano-tenor pair perform arias and duets from some of their many performances at the Met including Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier,” Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” “Luisa Miller” and Dvořák’s “Rusalka," accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera on piano.
The Red Shoes
3. The Red Shoes
September 17, 2021
Featuring the stage adaptaion of "The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Andersen.
Verdi's Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11
2. Verdi's Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11
September 11, 2021
The Metropolitan Opera presents a special performance of the Verdi Requiem to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Hosted by Misty Copeland, music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the performance featuring the Met orchestra and chorus with soloists Ailyn Pérez, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani and Eric Owens.
Yannick - An Artist's Journey
1. Yannick - An Artist's Journey
September 3, 2021
Experience the music director of the Metropolitan Opera's meteoric rise to become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after music directors of his generation in this documentary from cinema verite filmmaker Susan Froemke.
Description

Great Performances is a television show that airs on PBS which showcases some of the best performances made on plays, shows, and all kinds of broadway shows. It has been in existence ever since the early 1970's showcasing some of the best performances on broadway and other plays. The point of the series is to be an anthology of musical performances, so you will learn a whole lot about different performances and what makes them just so unique and worth using. What makes Great Performances so unique is the fact that the stars are always very well respected. Julie Andrews was very often praised for her great amount of hard work added into this show.

Great Performances has showcased the performances from operas, plays, broadway shows, ballets, and all kinds of concerts. If there was a singer in the past who performed perfectly all the time, then Great Performances would actually portray and showcase those exact performances. The show was meant to show people the hidden broadway performances that oftentimes wouldn't be seen. Those who will enjoy this show the most are those who love music, performing, and definitely enjoy seeing broadway plays come to life in a single show all at once.

The show has produced a wonderful spin-off that involves mostly dancing and performances. It definitely is tough at times to find a show like this one, especially since there aren't that many shows like this. Musical shows are always very interesting, and it is worth the time in the long run to consider watching Great Performances if you enjoy music. What most people enjoy so much about this show is the unique learning experiences and knowledge that is explained during the performances which they show on the series. Having created dozens of episodes, you will find this great show to be interesting, fun, and definitely worth experiencing.

There are tons of shows that do not go deep into different musical performances. Great Performances is definitely one of the best available and can be perfect to watch with your family whenever it airs. The show is simple and easy to follow, and you can also gain a glimpse just a few of the best performances that ever took place. Watch Great Performances if you love music and performing.

Great Performances is a series that is currently running and has 49 seasons (242 episodes). The series first aired on November 4, 1972.

Where to Watch Great Performances

Great Performances is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Great Performances on demand at Vudu and PBS.

  • Premiere Date
    November 4, 1972
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (774)