The Pearl Fishers
For the first time in a century, the Met stages Bizet's lush, melodic romance. Diana Damrau leads the cast as Leila, with Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien as the two pearl fishers whose friendship is tested by their rivalry for her affections.
Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini's Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liu and Marco Berti as Calaf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular 1987 production.
American Voices with Renee Fleming
Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, American Voices is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia convened in November 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, bringing together vocal masters, industry titans and emerging artists to celebrate the artistry, technique and challenges of professional singing. During six master sessions, fledgling artists receive one-on-one mentoring from iconic singers in a variety of genres: Eric Owens in classical, Dianne Reeves in jazz, Alison Krauss with Dr. Thomas Cleveland in country, Ben Folds in pop, Sutton Foster in musical theater and Kim Burrell in gospel. Joining these acclaimed artists for the festival's genre-spanning centerpiece concert are Sara Bareilles, Kurt Elling, Josh Groban and Norm Lewis, with the National Symphony Orchestra and principal pops conductor Steven Reineke.
Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather , Scent of a Woman , Dr. Zhivago , Once Upon a Time in America , Breakfast at Tiffany's and many more.
Sunday, Jun 5 at 6pm TPT 2
Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate Joan Baez' birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon.
Sunday, Jun 12 at 7pm TPT 2
Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem
The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." On the occasion of the anthem's 200th birthday, John Lithgow hosts a celebration of that event live from Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. Co-hosted by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, the special also features performances by actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge; mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; country group Little Big Town; a cappella group Pentatonix; singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; singer Kenny Rogers; rock band Train; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop. The Baltimore harbor, replete with tall ships and naval vessels, serves as a stunning backdrop. The patriotic special will also include ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, historical highlights and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo.