Classical WETA Opera House

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.

  • Tosca

    Tosca

    July 3, 2021 1:00 pm

    Giocomo Puccini

    Against a backdrop of political intrigue is a story of lives and love shattered by cruel jealousy, portrayed with stirring arias and electrifying ensemble pieces. This production of Royal Opera House, London, features an all-star cast: Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Sir Bryn Terfel.
  • Les vêpres siciliennes, a

    Les vêpres siciliennes

    July 10, 2021 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    An expressive large-scale drama from his middle period, Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes is drawn from the historical Sicilian Vespers of 1282, in which the island of Sicily rebelled against French rule.
  • Don Giovanni and Commendatore

    Don Giovanni

    July 17, 2021 1:00 pm

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Mozart’s brilliant Don Giovanni, starring renowned baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, is based on the legend of seducer and libertine Don Juan. The opera blends powerful music, drama and comedic elements to drive toward a terrifying and fiery finale.
  • Tannhäuser

    Tannhäuser

    July 24, 2021 1:00 pm

    Richard Wagner

    Tannhäuser dates from Wagner’s Romantic middle period, and blends the tradition of minnesingers -- artists who wrote and performed music and poetry -- with one man’s conflict between sacred and earthly forces, and redemption through love. Acclaimed Wagnerian tenor Peter Seiffert sings the title role.
  • Renee Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier

    Der Rosenkavalier

    July 31, 2021 1:00 pm

    Richard Strauss

    This lighthearted masterpiece revels in the splendor and elegance of 18th century Vienna as the backdrop for bittersweet romance and touches of comedy.  Renowned soprano Renée Fleming appears in one of her signature roles as The Marschallin, whose character comes to terms with the evolving stages of life and love.