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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

Cosí fan tutte

Cosí fan tutte

La Scala Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

W. A. MOZART

Conductor:

Daniel Barenboim

Deceptively complex, this comic farce leaves many listeners a little bit queasy, pondering the future of their most treasured relationships.  Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto may spring plenty of jokes, but Mozart's music tells you to hold on to your heart.
 

Tannhauser

Tannhäuser

Bayreuth Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Richard Wagner

Conductor:

Axel Kober

The German legend of Tannhäuser and the song contest at the Wartburg comes to life in this performance from the opening day of the 2014 Bayreuth Festival.
 

Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Daniele Gatti

Verdi's complex tragedy has a story that verges on the outlandish, but it serves up an astonishing number of his most familiar melodies, and its music has made it one of the most popular of all the composer's operas.  This Salzburg production is one of the operatic year's outstanding events, with soprano Anna Netrebko as Leonora and Placido Domingo as Count di Luna.
 

Previous broadcasts

LISTENERS' CHOICE OPERA

TBD

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

TBD

Conductor:

TBD

During our Fall Pledge Drive, we will ask listeners to vote for their favorite opera. The Classical WETA Opera House program will count down the top 10 operas by playing arias or excerpts from those works, wrapping up with a complete performance of the #1 opera.
 

Salome

Salome

Orchestra of the German Opera, Berlin

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD STRAUSS

Conductor:

Donald Runnicles

The soprano who created the role of Salome declared herself "respectable" -- and thus refused to perform the famously scandalous "Dance of the Seven Veils.  (A dancer served as stand-in.)  Yet that very sensationalism, along with the raw power of its drama, has made Salome one of Strauss's most familiar and popular operas. 
 

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