Scheduling has been revealed for Great Performances at the Met broadcasts on PBS through the end of 2023, including the debut of The Hours, starring Tony winner Kelli O'Hara, Tony nominee Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato. The work, which was broadcast to movie theatres live in December of last year, will kick off the PBS broadcasts March 17 at 9 PM (check local listings). The opera will also stream via the PBS Video app.
Based on the novel by Michael Cunningham, the opera by Pulitzer-winning composer Kevin Puts, with a libretto by Greg Pierce, follows three women: Virginia Woolf in 1929, in the process of writing Mrs. Dalloway; Laura Brown in 1949, who is reading it; and Clarissa Vaughan toward the end of the 20th century, who is seemingly living it. The roles are played respectively by DiDonato, O'Hara, and Fleming.
Also in the cast are Kathleen Kim, Sylvia D'Eramo, Denyce Graves, John Holiday, William Burden, Sean Panikkar, Kyle Ketelsen, and Brandon Cedel.
The production is directed by Phelim McDermott, with scenic and costume design by Tom Pye, lighting design by Bruno Poet, projection design by Finn Ross, and choreography by Annie-B Parson. The Hours made its Metropolitan Opera premiere in November 2022.
Also coming to PBS are live filmings of La Traviata, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and starring Nadine Sierra and Stephen Costello April 2; Fedora with Sonya Yoncheva in the title role May 7; Medea starring Sondra Radvanovsky June 16; Lohengrin led by Piotr Beczała July 9; Michael Volle as Falstaff August 6; Der Rosenkavalier starring Lise Davidsen September 10; Don Giovanni with Tony winner Ivo van Hove making his Met debut at the helm October 1; Champion with Camille A. Brown choreographing November 5; and a new staging of Die Zauberflöte by Simon McBurney December 10.
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