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.

  • Tristan und Isolde

    Tristan und Isolde

    May 15, 2021 1:00 pm

    Richard Wagner

    Wagner’s sensuous and innovative masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde, a 12th century legend of forbidden lovers strengthened by their belief that death will unite them. Sir Simon Rattle conducts this 2016 performance, featuring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton.
  • I puritani

    I puritani

    May 22, 2021 1:00 pm

    Vincenzo Bellini

    Vincenzo Bellini's final work, I Puritani, depicts the struggle between Puritans and forces of Charles I during the 17th century English civil war.  This is a 2017 production of the Metropolitan Opera featuring soprano Diana Damrau. 
  • Otello by Giuseppe Verdi


    May 29, 2021 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful Otello, is based on the Shakespeare play.  The masterful score of Verdi's next-to-last opera underpins a riveting tragedy of jealousy and murder.
  • Billy Budd

    Billy Budd

    June 5, 2021 1:00 pm

    Benjamin Britten

    This heartbreaking opera is based on Hermann Melville’s classic about a naive sailor wrongly accused of mutiny and sentenced to death, and the captain who reflects on that fateful decision.  Sung in English, this production from 1997 stars Dwayne Croft in the title role and also features veteran baritone James Morris.