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This month, turn on PBS for sizzling performances and assorted arts Thursday and Friday nights on PBS 2nd Chance. Great Performances at the Met sweeps July with a full line up of dazzling productions and the PBS Arts Summer Festival follows art around the world.

Great Performances at the Met

Thursday nights at 7:30pm on 2ndChance

July 5

"Rodelinda" - Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renee Fleming reprises the title role.

July 12

"Faust" - With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, Rene Pape as the devil and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better.

July 19

"The Enchanted Island" - This new work combines great singers and glorious Baroque music when lovers from A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on the other-worldly island of The Tempest.

July 26

"Ernani" - Angela Meade takes center stage in Verdi's thrilling early gem. Marcello Giordani is her mismatched lover, and all-stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.

PBS Arts Friday nights at 11pm on 2ndChance

July 6

"Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" - Travel through nine countries and 1400 years of cultural history to explore the artistic and architectural riches of Islam.

July 13

"John Leguizamo's Tales from a Ghetto Klown" - From his Colombian and “NuyoRican” roots to his high-profile career in Hollywood, Leguizamo bares his soul.

July 20

"Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDanato" - After a triumphant appearance with Plácido Domingo at the Met Opera in New York, the mezzo-soprano returns to her hometown to perform.

July 27

"Havana, Havana!" - This musical documentary vibrates with the soul and energy of African-Cuban musicians who left Cuba years ago. Their decision to return has injected a new spirit into Cuban music.