This year, the series pushed boundaries of innovation and ran the gamut of interesting musical performances (Doubt from MN Opera), iconic performers (Birgit Nilsson), and not-to-be-missed Broadway productions (An American in Paris The Musical). Set in a women’s prison, Julius Caesar offered a powerful dramatization of the classic Shakespeare play through an all-female lens. 2019 was momentous for the Cleveland Orchestra, which celebrated 100 years of its founding. Also celebrating a centennial was Leonard Bernstein, iconic composer, conductor and humanitarian. The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed a tribute concert in Bernstein’s honor at Tanglewood, featuring the world’s leading performers from the classical stage, opera and musical theater, including Audra McDonald, John Williams, Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Yazbeck and more.
Michael Bublé, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall, The Chris Botti Band and k.d. lang gave us front-row experiences to their memorable concerts. And Great Performances helped Joni Mitchell and Andrea Bocelli celebrate milestone birthdays.
Great Performances at the Met brought the best of the Metropolitan Opera to classical music fans nationwide this season, traveling from the streets of Seville (Carmen) to 19th century California (La Fanciulla del West) and Ancient Babylon (Semiramide). Vocal powerhouses Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili stunned as rivals in both Aida and Adriana Lecouvreur. And Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara took on Mozart’s comedy of the sexes in Così fan tutte.
“This performance was absolutely brilliant. I love Shakespeare’s work, but it’s rare for a performance of it to leave me as utterly electrified as this one did.” — Anonymous Viewer on Julius Caesar
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