This season, Great Performances features an eclectic mix of shows, ranging from a “live film” interpretation of Verdi’s Rigoletto to a guitar festival featuring Eric Clapton. Check out a lineup of what’s coming up:
May 26 at 8 p.m. – Iphigenie En Tauride: Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo star in Gluck’s take on the primal Greek myth, conducted by Patrick Summers.
May 31 at 8 p.m. – Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: Carnegie Hall commemorates its 120th anniversary with a gala concert featuring Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, with special guests Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and Audra McDonald.
June 1 at 9 p.m. – Nixon in China: John Adams conducts his opera about Nixon’s 1972 encounter with Mao, directed by Peter Sellars in his Met debut and starring James Maddelena as Nixon.
June 5 at 9 p.m. – Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert: 10-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho makes her solo concert debut, performing interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” and Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.”
June 6 at 9:30 p.m. – Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3: In June 2010, Eric Clapton gathered the world’s most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival. All profits benefited The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility Clapton founded to help people suffering from chemical dependency.
July 7 at 8 p.m. - Don Carlo: British theater director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with Verdi’s historic epic starring Roberto Alagna and Simon Keenlyside.
July 15 at 9:30 p.m. – Rigoletto from Mantua: Plácido Domingo stars in Andrea Andermann’s cinematic interpretation of the Verdi opera, recorded live last September in Mantua, Italy.
July 21 at 8 p.m. – Le Comte Ory: Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato star in Rossini’s French comic opera, directed by Bartlett Sher.