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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

Scene from Met Opera production of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Richard Wagner

Conductor:

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

New Met star Michael Volle sings the title role of the ghostly sailor damned to wander the seas in search of the love that will set him free, under the baton of the exciting Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Amber Wagner is Senta, whose love he seeks. The powerhouse cast also includes Dolora Zajick, Ben Bliss, Franz-Josef Selig, and Jay Hunter Morris as Erik, returning for the first time after his memorable portrayal of Siegfried in Wagner’s Ring.

Scene from Met Opera production of CYRANO DE BERGERAC

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Franco Alfano

Conductor:

Marco Armiliato

The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the company for the first time opposite rising star Jennifer Rowley, who plays his secret love. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Scene from Met Opera production of DER ROSENKAVALIER

DER ROSENKAVALIER

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Richard Strauss

Conductor:

Sebastian Weigle

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

Previous broadcasts

Scene from Met Opera production of EUGENE ONEGIN

EUGENE ONEGIN

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Conductor:

Robin Ticciati

Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein in Eugene Onegin. The opera is based on Pushkin’s iconic verse novel, which re-imagines the Byronic romantic anti-hero as the definitive bored Russian aristocrat caught between convention and ennui; Tchaikovsky, similarly, took Western European operatic forms and transformed them into an authentic and undeniably Russian work. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.

Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role of Verdi's "Aida." Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

AIDA

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Daniele Rustioni

The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. Three commanding sopranos—Liudmyla Monastyrska, Latonia Moore, and Krassimira Stoyanova—appear in the title role, the slave girl Aida,who is secretly a princess. Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana are the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Marco Berti is the hero Radamès, caught between them. Marco Armiliato and Daniele Rustioni conduct.

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