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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

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Previous broadcasts

Niobe

Niobe

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

AGOSTINO STEFFANI

Conductor:

Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs

This rarely-heard gem is both a splendid jumble of comedy, tragedy, mythology and politics, and one of the most accomplished operas of its time, employing a musical style that seems to bridge the artistic worlds of Monteverdi and Handel.
 

Tancredi

Tancredi

Champs-Elysées Theatre Chorus & Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor:

Enrique Mazzola

The classic song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" talks in glowing terms of a magical place where "dreams really do come true." Unfortunately, the opera house often isn't that kind of place -- especially in Rossini's Tancredi -- a compelling drama that just may be his first, truly great opera.

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