The Hours Starring Kelli O’Hara Sets Streaming Date on PBS

The Hours Starring Kelli O’Hara Sets Streaming Date on PBS

The Hours, a new opera from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts which stars Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara and Tony nominee Renée Fleming has announced its premiere date on PBS Great Performances.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and known by the popular Oscar-winning 2002 film with Meryl Streep, the opera follows three women from different eras who each battle with their own demons and roles in society.

Phelim McDermott directed this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Puts’s poignant and powerful score. 



The libretto by Greg Pierce follows three women: Virginia Woolf in 1929, in the process of writing Mrs. Dalloway, Laura Brown in 1949, who is reading it, and Clarissa Vaughan at the end of the 20th century, who is practically living it. 

The opera, which was broadcast to cinemas live in December of last year, will kick off the PBS Great Performances season on Friday, March 17th at 9PM ET. The opera will also be available to stream through PBS Great Performances at the same time.

Christine Baranski hosts the broadcast.



The cast also includes Kathleen Kim, Sylvia D'Eramo, Denyce Graves, John Holiday, William Burden, Sean Panikkar, Kyle Ketelsen, and Brandon Cedel. The production is directed by Phelim McDermott, with scenic and costume design by Tom Pye, lighting design by Bruno Poet, projection design by Finn Ross, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.

The Hours premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in November 2022. The PBS Met season will also include the live captures of last season's La Traviata, Fedora with Sonya Yoncheva, Medea starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Lohengrin led by Piotr Beczała, Michael Volle as Falstaff, Der Rosenkavalier starring Lise Davidsen, Don Giovanni with Tony winner Ivo van Hove, Champion with Camille A. Brown, and a new staging of Die Zauberflöte.