PBS broadcasts performances of the Metropolitan Opera, or Met, as "Great Performances" episodes, which television viewers can watch using a digital antenna or through a local cable or satellite provider. Check local listings on the TV Guide website for scheduled showings. PBS also hosts full episodes of "Great Performances" on its website. These videos can be viewed on tablets, smart phones and computers using the PBS app, or on a television using devices such as Roku, Xbox and Apple TV.
The Metropolitan Opera, founded in 1883, built its first opera house on Broadway and 39th Street. The new Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center in September 1966.
In 1977, the Met began broadcasting a regular series of televised productions on PBS with 'La Bohème," viewed by more than four million people. As of September 2015, more than 70 complete Met performances have been presented on public television.
Since 2006, Peter Gelb has been the Met’s general manager. Under his leadership, the Met has significantly increased the number of new productions, staged by imaginative directors from the fields of theater and opera. The Met regularly presents modern masterpieces alongside the classics.
Thirteen Productions, LLC for WNET New York Public Media produces "Great Performances." Thirteen also presents "Great Performances at the Met" and is currently preparing its tenth season.