Great Performances(TV show/series, 1971-)

| 2h per episode | Genres: Comedy, Documentary, Drama

Scripted Reality in 49 seasons with 625 episodes

Great PerformancesRating: 2.6/5 (with 7 votes) 421
Great Performances is a television anthology series dedicated to the performing arts; the banner has been used to televise plays, musicals, opera, ballet, concerts, as well as occasional documentaries. It is produced by the PBS member station WNET in New York City (originally in conjunction with KQED/San Francisco, WTTW/Chicago, Maryland Public Television, South Carolina ETV and KERA-TV/Dallas/Fort Worth). The series is the longest-running performing arts anthology on television and has won 29 Primetime Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and an Image Award, with nods from the Directors Guild of America and the Cinema Audio Society. ()
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Awards & Nominations for Great Performances

2x Peabody Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series 2x British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie 4x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series 2x NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety – Series or Special Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music 4x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

About Great Performances

The best in the performing arts from across America and around the world including a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

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Great Performances Seasons and Episodes

09/10/2023Season 51 - 8 episodes
#1 | 09/10/2023Great Performances at the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy includes soprano Lise Davidsen as the aging Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as her lover Octavian and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Bass Günther Groissböck returns as the churlish Baron Ochs, and Markus Brück is Sophie’s wealthy father, Faninal. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s staging. Deborah Voigt hosts.
#2 | 10/01/2023Great Performances at the Met: Don Giovanni
Tony Award–winning director Ivo van Hove makes his Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann also makes her Met debut, conducting the cast led by baritone Peter Mattei in the title role alongside bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as Leporello. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez and Ying Fang portray Giovanni’s conquests—Donna Anna, Donna Elvira and Zerlina—and tenor Ben Bliss is Don Ottavio. Erin Morley hosts.
#3 | 10/27/2023New York City Ballet in Madrid
Captured in peak performance at Madrid’s Teatro Real, New York City Ballet performs two masterpieces choreographed by NYCB co-founder and original Artistic Director George Balanchine, “Serenade” and “Square Dance" as well as a piece by current resident choreographer Justin Peck.
#4 | 11/03/2023Message In A Bottle
Experience five-time Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince’s dance and theater show set to the songs of 17-time Grammy winner Sting. Telling the story of a migrant family, the show from London’s Sadler's Wells Theatre features a mix of dance styles.
#5 | 11/05/2023Great Performances at the Met: Champion
Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard returns to the Met with an opera based on the true story of boxer Emile Griffith, who rose from obscurity to become a world champion despite being a closeted bisexual. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green stars as the young boxer, with bass-baritone Eric Owens as Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore also stars as Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe plays the gay bar owner, Kathy Hagen. The production reunites the creative team from last season’s Great Performances at the Met: Fire Shut Up in My Bones, including conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, director James Robinson, and choreographer Camille A. Brown. Lawrence Brownlee hosts.
#6 | 11/17/2023Making Shakespeare: The First Folio
Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, which saved 18 plays from being lost. Tracing the First Folio’s story, the film also spotlights how New York City’s Public Theater presents Shakespeare’s work for today’s audiences.
#7 | 12/10/2023Great Performances at the Met: Die Zauberflöte
Experience director Simon McBurney’s Met debut with a new production of this Mozart favorite. Nathalie Stutzmann conducts with Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, Erin Morley as Pamina, Thomas Oliemans as Papageno and Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night.
#8 | 01/01/2024From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2024
Celebrate the New Year with waltzes by Strauss and more performed from Vienna’s Musikverein by the famed orchestra led by guest conductor Christian Thielemann. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns to host.
09/16/2022Season 50 - 24 episodes
09/03/2021Season 49 - 33 episodes
09/11/2020Season 48 - 31 episodes
09/20/2019Season 47 - 30 episodes
10/05/2018Season 46 - 29 episodes
10/06/2017Season 45 - 28 episodes
10/14/2016Season 44 - 27 episodes
10/23/2015Season 43 - 16 episodes
09/13/2014Season 42 - 23 episodes
09/20/2013Season 41 - 32 episodes
09/07/2012Season 40 - 18 episodes
09/30/2011Season 39 - 24 episodes
10/27/2010Season 38 - 22 episodes
10/21/2009Season 37 - 14 episodes
09/10/2008Season 36 - 12 episodes
01/01/2004Season 35 - 15 episodes
10/05/2005Season 34 - 12 episodes
01/01/2002Season 33 - 9 episodes
01/01/2001Season 32 - 14 episodes
01/01/2000Season 31 - 6 episodes
01/01/1999Season 30 - 12 episodes
01/01/1998Season 29 - 13 episodes
01/01/1997Season 28 - 10 episodes
01/01/1996Season 27 - 5 episodes
01/01/1995Season 26 - 11 episodes
01/01/1994Season 25 - 9 episodes
01/06/1993Season 23 - 15 episodes
01/01/1992Season 21 - 9 episodes
01/25/1991Season 20 - 7 episodes
01/01/1990Season 19 - 6 episodes
01/01/1989Season 18 - 9 episodes
01/01/1988Season 17 - 6 episodes
01/01/1987Season 16 - 11 episodes
02/07/1986Season 15 - 5 episodes
03/22/1985Season 14 - 7 episodes
01/01/1984Season 13 - 3 episodes
03/07/1983Season 12 - 9 episodes
12/06/1982Season 11 - 1 episode
01/05/1981Season 10 - 6 episodes
01/01/1980Season 9 - 3 episodes
06/20/1979Season 8 - 1 episode
01/25/1978Season 7 - 4 episodes
01/12/1977Season 6 - 4 episodes
01/01/1976Season 5 - 8 episodes
01/05/1975Season 4 - 7 episodes
01/23/1974Season 3 - 10 episodes
11/04/1972Season 2 - 3 episodes
01/28/1971Season 1 - 4 episodes
01/20/2017Specials - 1 episode

Additional Information

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Production country: United States of America (USA)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 5 languages: German (DE), English (EN), Hebrew (HE), Italian (IT), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Returning series
First episode released on: 01/28/1971
Latest episode released on: 01/01/2024
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
Keywords: filmed theater

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