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Much Ado About Nothing (Episode #4413H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 19, 2020 -- 1:00 PM

Recorded live at The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare's romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

Bel Canto The Opera (Episode #4106H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 5, 2020 -- 12:00 PM

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.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2020 (Episode #4501H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 1, 2020 -- 9:00 PM

Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein. Under the baton of guest conductor Andris Nelsons and featuring the Vienna City Ballet, the orchestra will play the waltzes of Strauss. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 -- 3:00 AM
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