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's Saturday Matinee Broadcasts. The rest of the year features performances from leading opera houses around the world, including Washington National Opera.

  • Tosca

    Tosca

    December 11, 2021 1:00 pm

    Giacomo Puccini

    Against a backdrop of political intrigue, Tosca is a story of lives and love shattered by cruel jealousy, portrayed with stirring arias and electrifying ensemble pieces. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the iconic title role.
  • The Magic Flute

    The Magic Flute

    December 18, 2021 1:00 pm

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Mozart's delightful The Magic Flute, presented by the Metropolitan Opera, in a special English-language, abridged version, is an audience favorite and tradition at this time of year. A drama of magic, love, legend, and the power of good over evil. With renowned singers Matthew Polenzani and Roland Villazón.
  • Aida at the Met

    Aida at the Met

    December 25, 2021 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    A spectacular celebration marks the Metropolitan Opera’s 90th anniversary of live broadcasts with highlights from great Met broadcasts of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida and the 150th anniversary of that opera’s premiere.
  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    January 1, 2022 1:00 pm

    Jules massenet

    Continuing a treasured holiday tradition, the Metropolitan Opera presents a new installment in its series of abridged opera adaptations for family audiences with Jules Massenet's Cinderella, the beloved fairy tale of a rags-to-riches princess. Presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90 minutes.  
  • Fire Shut Up in my Bones

    Fire Shut Up in my Bones

    January 8, 2022 1:00 pm

    Terence Blanchard

    The Metropolitan Opera's first performance of an opera by a Black composer, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Terence Blanchard's critically-acclaimed adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, Fire Shut Up in my Bones, a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. 
  • Le Nozze di Figaro

    Le Nozze di Figaro

    January 15, 2022 1:00 pm

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    One of Mozart’s operatic masterpieces, Le Nozze di Figaro is a brilliant comedy in which cleverness, tricks and mistaken identity combine to outsmart a Count in his amorous pursuit. Set to Mozart's timeless and delightful music.
  • La Bohème

    La Bohème

    January 22, 2022 1:00 pm

    Giacomo Puccini

    Gioacomo Puccini’s sensitive portrayal of young bohemians in 19th century Paris, La bohème, is an eternal treasure that brims with Puccini’s gorgeous and heartbreaking music.  This Metropolitan Opera production is conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • Rigoletto

    Rigoletto

    January 29, 2022 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppi Verdi’s dramatic masterwork, and a treasured favorite, the Metropolitan Opera presents Rigoletto, a searing drama in which desire for revenge and a curse lead to tragic consequences for the court jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter, Gilda.
  • Met's First Decade on the Air

    The Met's First Decade on the Air

    February 5, 2022 1:00 pm

    Highlights of Met Broadcasts

    In this special program, the Metropolitan Opera celebrates its tradition of live matinee broadcasts with highlights of historic broadcast performances.
  • Verdi's Requiem

    Verdi's Requiem

    February 12, 2022 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Metropolitan Opera presents a recording of its September 11, 2021 performance of Verdi’s Requiem, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, and and a quartet of star soloists: soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. 
  • Boris Godunov

    Boris Godunov

    February 19, 2022 1:00 pm

    Modest Mussorgsky

    Considered to be Mussorgsky's masterpiece and a centerpiece of Russian opera, Boris Godunov is an epic presentation of Pushkin's tragic portrayal of the tsar struggling between blind ambition and catastrophic paranoia.