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Scott Yoo in Seville, Spain, in Now Hear This

A New Series Exploring the Cultural Connections That Make Music

Daniel Hautzinger

A new Great Performances series explores the broader culture classical music fits into, from the architecture it was played in to the dance, fashion, landscape, and food that help explain it. Learn more about the globetrotting Now Hear This
Martina Laird (Cassius) and Harriet Walter (Brutus) in Julius Caesar. Photo: Helen Maybanks

An All-Female 'Julius Caesar' Set in a Women's Prison

Daniel Hautzinger

Phyllida Lloyd's production of Julius Caesar, which you can watch through Great Performances, takes place in a women's prison, with women playing all the roles. We discussed the production, the effectiveness of the setting, and the gender casting with a Shakespeare scholar. 
Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili of the Joffrey Ballet in Orphée et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography

An Exciting Collaboration Between Two Giants of Chicago's Arts Scene

Daniel Hautzinger

Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice revolutionized opera two and a half centuries ago, and now it inaugurates a new collaboration rife with possibilities between two of Chicago's largest arts organizations, the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera. Their production airs Friday, January 18 on Great Performances
Parental Advisory Sticker from RIAA

6 Controversial Instances of Artistic Censorship

Daniel Hautzinger

Freedom of speech is a fraught topic these days. Explore six infamous cases of censorship in the United States, from landmark court decisions on obscenity to the advent of parental advisory stickers to two examples of controversy from this year.
Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo and Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's opera at the Met. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' at the Met

Daniel Hautzinger

On Friday, April 14 at 9:00 pm, watch the Met's production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette on Great Performances. Revisit an interview with the director Bartlett Sher by our sister station WFMT from his time in Chicago in which he discusses Shakespeare and opera, and explore photos of the production.
Matthew Sandiford in the Great Performances broadcast of 'Young Men.' Photo: Sophie Harris-Taylor

World War I in Works of Art

Daniel Hautzinger

April 6 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. The dance film Young Men dramatizes the effect of that war on the soldiers who fought in it. Explore other works of art that have grappled with the Great War.

New York City Ballet's Genius Choreographers

Daniel Hautzinger

Great Performances broadcasts two works by New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine, while the Joffrey Ballet is currently performing works by his modern successor Justin Peck.
Lyric Opera of Chicago's World Premiere of 'Bel Canto.'

"One of the Things Art Can Do For Us": 'Bel Canto' the Opera

Daniel Hautzinger

On January 13, Great Performances broadcasts 'Bel Canto' the opera from Lyric Opera of Chicago, which gave the world premiere in December 2015.
Henry VI and Queen Margaret in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

The Best Insults from 'Richard III'

Daniel Hautzinger

Richard III contains some of Shakespeare's most vicious invective. You can watch the curses fly in the Great Performances broadcast of The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III and Sherlock

Ruthless Kings and Sociopathic Geniuses

Daniel Hautzinger

Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott are in both Sherlock and The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. Do their characters have anything in common?
Keeley Hawes as Elizabeth Woodville, Judi Dench as Cecily, the Duchess of York, and Phoebe Fox as Anne Neville.

Stranger Than Fiction: The History of 'The Wars of the Roses'

Daniel Hautzinger

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses depicts the civil war that wracked England in the late fifteenth century, as told by Shakespeare in his plays Henry VI and Richard III. The real-life people that the characters are based upon led outlandish, legendary lives. 
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