Great Performances Kicks Off Summer with New Concerts Beginning June 4 on PBS

Air date: 06/04/2021

Featuring Andrea Bocelli, Anna Netrebko, Vienna Philharmonic, Joyce DiDonato, Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna, Mick Fleetwood and friends celebrating the legacy of Peter Green and more

This June, Great Performances showcases a new summer season of concerts from rock ’n’ roll legends to leading operatic voices from stages around the world. The lineup features Andrea Bocelli, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, an all-star tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and Great Performances at the Met concerts from Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna, and Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja.

 

Great Performances Summer 2021 Concert Calendar:

June on PBS (check local listings)

Great Performances at the Met: Aleksandra Kurzak & Roberto Alagna in Concert
Premieres beginning Friday, June 4
Premieres Sunday, June 13 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Performing on location from the south of France, the husband-and-wife duo perform favorite arias and duets including selections from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” and more.

 

Great Performances: Mick Fleetwood & Friends
Premieres beginning Saturday, June 5 and PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app
Premieres Thursday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Experience an all-star concert honoring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and founding member Peter Green at the London Palladium featuring artists Neil Finn, Noel Gallagher, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Zak Starkey, Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman. Legendary producer Glyn Johns is executive sound producer and the house band features Mick Fleetwood himself along with Dave Bronze, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, Ricky Peterson and Rick Vito.

 

Great Performances – Andrea Bocelli: Believe
Premieres beginning Saturday, June 5 on PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app
Premieres Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Enjoy the songs of the internationally beloved tenor’s 2020 album recorded on location in Malta. Selections performed include “Gratia Plena,” a duet with Cecilia Bartoli, and new interpretations of “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

 

Great Performances at the Met: Anna Netrebko in Concert
Premieres Friday, June 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Experience the opera megastar performing Russian songs by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky as well as selections by Debussy, Dvořák, Fauré and Strauss from Vienna’s Spanish Riding School accompanied by Pavel Nebolsin on piano.

 

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2020
Premieres Friday, June 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app

Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of selections by Strauss, Wagner, Offenbach, Puccini and more from the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens under the baton of conductor Valery Gergiev featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

 

 

July on PBS (check local listings)

Great Performances at the Met: Joyce DiDonato in Concert
Premieres beginning Friday, July 2 on PBS
Premieres Sunday, July 18 at 12:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Experience a new performance by the American mezzo-soprano from the art-nouveau Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany, featuring Baroque works by Handel as well as songs like “La vie en rose” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

 

August on PBS (check local listings)

Great Performances at the Met: Diana Damrau & Joseph Calleja
Premieres beginning Friday, August 6 on PBS
Premieres Sunday, August 8 at 12:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Enjoy the soprano-tenor duo performing works by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini and more from the Cappella Palatina of the Royal Palace of Caserta accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera on piano. Soprano Angel Blue hosts.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2021
Premieres Friday, August 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app

Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual summer night concert under the direction of guest conductor Daniel Harding with piano virtuoso Igor Levit at Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace.

 

Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. The series is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details). Great Performances is produced by The WNET Group.

A presentation of The WNET Group, Great Performances at the Met is a production of The Metropolitan Opera, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States. For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs each concert. Mia Bongiovanni is Supervising Producer, and Louisa Briccetti, Matt Dobkin, and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

Major 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, Rosalind P. Walter, The Starr Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, Lorraine A. Egan and the late Richard T. Egan, Ellen and James S. Marcus, public television viewers and PBS.

Exclusive corporate support for the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert is provided by Rolex.

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding is provided by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and Jody and John Arnhold.

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