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Season 50 Episode 2 | 2hr 11m 32s

Experience the story of seamstress Esther who begins writing to a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal. Featuring music by Ricky Ian Gordon, a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, this powerful opera is directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

Aired: 09/22/22 | Expires: 10/21/22
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Major series funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Jody and John Arnhold, the Abra Prentice Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Seton J. Melvin, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, the Jack Lawrence Charitable Remainder Trust Worchell Lawrence, and Ellen and James S. Marcus.
Extras
Angel Blue talks about how the "Spirituals in Concert" influenced her love of opera.
Composer Evelyn Simpson Curenton discusses how she composed "Spirituals in Concert."
Novelist and playwright Darryl Pinckney reflects on the concert's impact.
Glimpse behind the curtain at Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman’s famed concert.
AARP’s Movies for Grownups hosted by Alan Cumming.
Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration.
The Vienna Philharmonic performs Franz von Suppè's "Isabella Overture."
Performers from the Vienna State Ballet dance to Josef Strauss' "Pearls of Love" waltz.
Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration.
Experience the world-renowned baritone performing songs from many musical genres.
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Glimpse behind the curtain at Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman’s famed concert.
AARP’s Movies for Grownups hosted by Alan Cumming.
Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration.
Experience the world-renowned baritone perform with special guests including Cyndi Lauper.
Experience this contemporary opera based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Celebrate with a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” led by Jaap van Zweden.
Soprano Nadine Sierra returns to the stage in one of opera's most formidable roles.
Explore Shakespeare’s love life in this ballet featuring music by Rhiannon Giddens.
Enjoy opera superstar Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role of the legendary princess.
Enjoy Vienna Philharmonic’s annual summer night concert at Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace.