Great Performances

Great Performances brings the best in the performing arts from across America and around the world to a US television audience. It presents a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

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Major series funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Jody and John Arnhold, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, The Starr Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Ruth and Harold Newman, the Merle and Shirley Harris Fund, The Lewis "Sonny" Turner Fund for Dance, Lorraine A. Egan and Richard T. Egan, public television viewers and PBS.

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The Red Shoes


Experience this dark fairytale from Matthew Bourne with this acclaimed stage adaptation.

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Great Performances - Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11


The Met Opera presents a special performance of Verdi Requiem to commemorate 9/11.

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2021


Enjoy the VPO’s annual summer night concert under the direction of Daniel Harding.

Leonard Bernstein Mass


Enjoy Ravinia Festival’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s musical led by Paulo Szot.