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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

Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Maurizio Benini

New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto’s unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover. Mary Zimmerman’s production evokes the moors and castles of Scotland for Donizetti’s melodic journey of love and deception, conducted by Maurizio Benini.

Ernani

Ernani

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

James Levine

James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine’s first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo’s first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role, and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love.

Don Carlo

Don Carlo

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s ambitious score with a stand-out cast in Nicholas Hytner’s handsome production. Yonghoon Lee sings the title role, with Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, James Morris, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, reprising his definitive portrayal of King Philip.

Previous broadcasts

Manon

Manon

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Jules Massenet

Conductor:

Emmanuel Villaume

The vocally high-flying soprano Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Massenet’s beguiling heroine, opposite the ardent tenor Vittorio Grigolo, in Laurent Pelly’s elegant production, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

Joyce DiDonato

La Donna del Lago

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor:

Michele Mariotti

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti.

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