In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences. The evil Alberich steals gold from the Rhine and uses it to forge a ring of unimaginable power. Wotan, the king of the gods, uses magic to steal the ring, but Alberich places a curse that guarantees misery for whoever wears it. Wotan’s unwillingness to part with the ring leads him to break a contract with the giants who have built the gods’ new castle in the sky, setting in motion a chain of events that will end in his own destruction. James Levine conducts, with Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Richard Croft (Loge), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Eric Owens (Alberich), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt) and Hans-Peter König (Fafner).
Great Performances at the Met
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00pm
The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, several of the world’s greatest operatic artists and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, Susan Froemke’s documentary chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner’s dream of a perfect Ring.
Sun, 09/09/2012 - 9:00pm
A pregnant woman leaps to her death from the side of a ferry. Or was she pushed? The routine case barely disturbs Wallander’s newly blissful life with Vanja (Saskia Reeves, “Page Eight”). But the happy couple discovers the decade-old corpse of a murdered woman on their property. With Wallander’s work now getting too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that become increasingly entangled. On top of it, tragedy strikes one of his colleagues and Wallander blames himself — with good reason.
History of Science
Sun, 09/09/2012 - 8:00pm
We now know that the brain - the organ that more than any other makes us human - is one of the wonders of the universe, and yet until the 17th century it was barely studied. Michael Mosley explores how the twin sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are.
Sat, 09/08/2012 - 10:00pm
Prince Charles shares memories and recalls events from Queen Elizabeth’s public and private life, adding his own commentary and insights. Previously unseen photographs and films from Her Majesty’s private collection — many of them shot by the queen herself — capture royal family life. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage taken at Buckingham Palace on Coronation Day, showing Her Majesty juggling the dual role of mother and queen as she poses for official photographs. The prince also shares film of family holidays, including a sequence of the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne playing at the beach in Norfolk. Filmed scenes on board Britannia, at Windsor and at Balmoral provide a glimpse of the royal family in the 1940s and 1950s.
Sat, 09/08/2012 - 8:00pm
With a week off from work to redecorate part of his house, DCI Barnaby also visits his elderly aunt, Alice Bly, who is convalescing in the Lawnside residential nursing home for the elderly in Aspern Tallow. Here, she prompts him to investigate a series of suspicious deaths after people have changed their wills.
Fri, 09/07/2012 - 9:00pm
Paul McCartney, at the forefront of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution that changed popular music forever in his early career with the Beatles, has continued to push boundaries for more than 40 years as a solo artist, a member of his second group, Wings, and an award-winning composer for classical music and dance. His latest venture is Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards beloved by McCartney since childhood, along with two of his own new songs, “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.” Produced with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and singer Diana Krall and her band, Kisses on the Bottom is the first record in McCartney’s historic oeuvre to feature him almost exclusively on vocals. GREAT PERFORMANCES joins McCartney for an intimate concert recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, featuring performances of such standards as “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Always,” “Bye Bye Blackbird” and more.
PBS Convention Coverage
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 8:00pm
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 8:00pm
Thu, 09/06/2012 - 8:00pm
Veteran journalists Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchor complete live coverage of the Democratic national political convention, from the opening gavel to its official close. Between speeches and events on the convention floor, Ifill and Woodruff interview political newsmakers and solicit analysis and perspective from NEWSHOUR regulars Shields and Brooks, presidential historians and others.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 11:00am
A new generation of preschool “neighbors” will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD premieres this fall on PBS KIDS. The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD from The Fred Rogers Company stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. As they closely follow and share Daniel’s everyday adventures, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their families learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning.
Sun, 09/02/2012 - 9:00pm
During an investigation of a brutal bludgeoning, what seems to be a blackmail plot gone wrong turns into a case much more dark and sinister. Co-starring Cherie Lunghi ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl").