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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

Dante

Prinzregenten Theater, Munich

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

BENJAMIN GODARD

Conductor:

Ulf Schirmer

Benjamin Godard is hardly a "household word" in musical circles today, but in his time he stood alongside Saint-Saens among the most versatile composers in 19th-century France. In this opera, the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri not only inspires the music, but also plays a starring role.

Alcina

Opéra des Nations, Geneva

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

G. F. HANDEL

Conductor:

Leonardo García Alarcón

The sorceress Alcina, a vivid character born in Ariosto's epic poem Orlando Furioso, has a nasty habit of turning her enemies into wild animals. She's foiled when she seduces the wrong guy, a knight who courageously defeats her spells and frees her victims. 

Macbeth

Vienna State Opera

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Alain Altinoglu

Astonishingly, there may be only a half-dozen or so successful operas inspired by Shakespeare. Even more remarkable is that Verdi alone accounted for three of them. His Macbeth may not be heard quite so often as Otello and Falstaff, but it's still among his finest and most intense dramas.

Previous broadcasts

I Due Foscari

Grand Liceu Theater, Barcelona

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Massimo Zanetti

Verdi's operas are so popular that few of his great dramas could truly be described as "unjustly neglected" -- but this one may fit the bill. One of Verdi's darkest scores, I due Foscari is also among his most striking scores. It tells a compelling story of deadly intrigue and political treachery set against the historical backdrop of 15th-century Venice.

Scene from Veremonda, L'Amazzone di Aragona

Veremonda, L'Amazzone di Aragona

Spoleto Festival USA

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

FRANCESCO CAVALLI

Conductor:

Aaron Carpene

Cavalli was among the finest and most influential composers from the early days of opera, in the 17th century, yet his two-dozen-plus dramas are seldom heard today. Veremonda tells a varied and colorful story of entangled love, international diplomacy, mistaken identity, and gender equality.

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