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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

King Roger

King Roger (London) / L'Inganno Felice (Venice)

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus / La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI / GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Conductor:

Antonio Pappano / Stefano Montanari

Szymanowski is widely regarded as the most important Polish composer after Chopin.  King Roger -- portraying the inherent conflict between Apollonian ideals and Dionysian pleasure -- is often cited as a true, musical rarity:  a genuine masterpiece unaccountably neglected.  And as a bonus, from Venice, La Fenice presents a rarely-heard one-act gem by Rossini.

Faust

Faust

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CHARLES GOUNOD

Conductor:

Gianandrea Noseda

Goethe's immortal drama, with its legendary deal with the devil, has been adapted in countless ways, from symphonic poems to rock musicals, but few if any can match the power and romance of Gounod's opera.
 

La Boheme Anna Netrebko (Mimi); Joseph Calleja (Rodolfo)

La Boheme

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

Dan Ettinger

Puccini's love-stoked tearjerker may end tragically, but the opera's multiple levels of passion and sentiment still make for a great "date night."  And, as the perfect remedy for any tottering romance, La Boheme is also among the most popular operas ever composed.
 

Previous broadcasts

Alceste

Alceste

La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

Conductor:

Guillaume Tourniaire

Gluck's take on the passionate story of Alceste was among his influential, Italian "reform" operas, in which he abandoned the strictly regimented world of opera seria to create a naturalistic style more deftly in touch with the emotional potential of his stories. 
 

Elektra

Elektra

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD STRAUSS

Conductor:

Mikko Franck

Surely, Clytaemnestra, Agamemnon and their kids Elektra and Orestes qualify as one of the most dysfunctional families in all of literature, not to mention opera.  Elektra takes the lead in this chapter of their appalling yet absorbing history.

 

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