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Bel Canto The Opera (#4106#) Duration: 2:56:46 SRND51 TVPG-VL
In December 2015, the Lyric Opera of Chicago premiered an opera adaptation of the novel Bel Canto, based on the best-seller by Ann Patchett. Commissioned as part of the Lyric's Renee Fleming Initiative, Bel Canto: The Opera tells a gripping contemporary story inspired by the 126-day hostage crisis at the Japanese ambassador's house in Lima, Peru, over the course of 1996-97. Central to the story is the fictional soprano Roxanne Coss, portrayed by Australian-born American soprano Danielle de Niese. Like the novel, the opera explores the tensions and unexpected alliances between terrorists and their hostages. Featuring a score is by gifted young Peruvian composer Jimmy Lopez, the libretto is by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. The production is conducted by Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Kevin Newbury.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Barrymore (#3904H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TV14-LD
In "Barrymore," 83-year-old stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film from an earlier age, the illustrious -- and notorious -- John Barrymore. This film adaptation of William Luce's 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore's life. On the stage of a Broadway theater, the famously combative star struggles to recreate his performance in Shakepeare's Richard III, recalling the highs and lows of his remarkable life and career in the process.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me
New York City Ballet In Paris (#4107H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG
New York City Ballet makes a triumphant return to Paris in an all-Balanchine program of dazzling ballet masterpieces. Set to music by Charles Gounod, Walpurgisnacht Ballet embodies a neoclassical choreography, ending with a surging climax that sends its 24 ballerinas soaring across the stage "like dancing out a fever" (The New York Times). The evening culminates with La Valse, with music of Maurice Ravel. In it a young woman is simultaneously horrified and fascinated by her own vanity, and finds herself strangely drawn to a figure of Death.
New York City Ballet Symphony In C (#4108H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG
New York City Ballet makes a triumphant return to Paris with a grand classical showpiece by George Balanchine, Georges Bizet's Symphony in C, which sparkles with over 50 dancers covered in Swarovski crystals. Next, the polished simplicity and emotional interplay of the rarely-seen Sonatine to the music of Maurice Ravel evokes the elegance of the original French NYCB dancers for whom Balanchine originally created the work.