‘Great Performances at the Met’ returns to Sundays at 9 a.m.

“Great Performances at the Met” brings the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States. Now returning to Sundays at 9 a.m. on Arizona PBS, enjoy four more luscious productions.

Sept. 6: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Enjoy this classic American folk opera that brings 1920s Charleston to life with a beloved score from George Gershwin in a new production directed by James Robinson. Eric Owens and Angel Blue star in the title roles and David Robertson conducts.

Sept. 13: Madama Butterfly

Soprano Hui He plays the tragic title role with tenor Bruce Sledge as the naval officer who abandons her in Puccini’s classic masterpiece. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production of this tragic love story.

Sept. 20: Manon

Watch Massenet’s sensual opera with tenor Michael Fabiano as the lovestruck Chevalier des Grieux who pines for the irresistible Manon played by soprano Lisette Oropesa in this revealing production from Laurent Pelly. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Sept. 27: Akhnaten

Experience composer Philip Glass’ visionary masterpiece portraying the impact of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaten as he rises to the throne. Stars Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role. Karen Kamensek conducts.

Oct. 4: Turandot

Enjoy Puccini’s famed final opera with this dazzling production from Franco Zeffirelli, set in China and starring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Oct. 11: Wozzeck

Experience artist William Kentridge’s interpretation of Berg’s tragic opera set in an apocalyptic pre-World War I environment. Peter Mattei stars in the title role. Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Oct. 18: Agrippina

Experience Handel’s black comedy of intrigue and impropriety in this production from David McVicar set in the present. Joyce DiDonato stars as the cunning title character with Harry Bicket at the baton.

Oct. 25: Der Fliegende Hollander

Experience Wagner’s eerie early masterpiece telling the tale of the sea captain cursed to sail for eternity. François Girard’s new production stars Evgeny Nikitin in the title role opposite Anja Kampe in her Met debut. Valery Gergiev conducts.

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