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Classical WETA is Washington's home for opera year round.

Classical WETA is Washington's home for opera year round. From December through May, experience the power and passion of the Metropolitan Opera. The rest of the year features performances from leading opera houses around the world, including Washington National Opera.

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Upcoming broadcasts

Caterina Cornaro

Caterina Cornaro

Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon National Orchestra; Latvian Radio Chorus

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Paolo Carignani

Though it's not one of Donizetti's better known scores, the concise drama and pure, emotional energy of this opera make it one of his most compelling.
 

Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD WAGNER

Conductor:

Kirill Petrenko

Wolfgang Roch (Wotan); Martin Winkler (Alberich); Claudia Mahnke (Fricka); Elisabet Strid (Freia); Nadine Weissmann (Erda); Norbert Ernst (Loge); Burkhard Ulrich (Mime); Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Fasolt); Sorin Coliban (Fafner); Markus Eiche (Donner); Lothar Odinius (Froh); Mirella Hagen (Woglinde); Julia Rutigliano (Wellgunde); Okka von der Damerau (Flosshilde)
 

La Wally

La Wally

Suisse Romande Orchestra; Grand Theatre Chorus

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

ALFREDO CATALANI

Conductor:

Evelino Pidò

As Verdi's career was winding down, and Puccini's was achieving full flight, Catalani tried to take Italian opera in a different direction, combining Italian passion and lyricism with a German Romantic style of drama.  La Wally was by far his greatest success.
 

Previous broadcasts

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD STRAUSS

Conductor:

Semyon Bychkov

This opera's librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, called it a "magic fairy tale."  The highly-symbolic story inhabits both the real world, and a realm of pure spirituality, and while it has often been overshadowed by the composer's more famous dramas, many Strauss aficionados consider The Woman without a Shadow to be his finest opera.
 

The Coronation of Poppea

The Coronation of Poppea

Concerto Italiano

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

Conductor:

Rinaldo Alessandrini

Monteverdi's Poppea proves that passion was plentiful in the opera house long before Verdi and Puccini hit the scene -- and that virtue doesn't always win out in the end.  The opera portrays an illicit love so strong that it threatens to bring down an empire – accompanied by one of the steamiest love-duets ever composed.
 

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