Opera Matinee

WETA Classical is Washington's home for opera year round. From December through early June, 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.

  • A Village Teacher

    A Village Teacher

    October 8, 2022 1:00 pm

    Hao Weiya

    Composed in 2009, a charming tale of a young woman who dedicates her life to education in a poverty-stricken mountainous region, revealing love, sacrifice, ideals and reality. Sung in Mandarin, a production of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Il Corsaro

    Il Corsaro

    October 15, 2022 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Verdi's middle-era drama of a seafaring pirate, a hero outside the law with a noble goal to fight injustice, that ends tragically. A production of Opera Festival of Chicago
  • L'inganno felice

    L’inganno felice

    October 22, 2022 1:00 pm

    Gioachino Rossini

    Rossini's delightful one-act romantic comedy (The Fortunate Deception) of a duke who is reunited with his wife, presumed dead for many years, with endearing characters and moments of sentiment
  • Aida

    Aida

    October 29, 2022 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Verdi's stunning masterpiece and audience favorite, the tragic love story of members of warring nations. A production of LA Opera, conducted by James Conlon, starring Latonia Moore in the title role.
  • L’Amant anonyme

    L’Amant anonyme

    November 5, 2022 1:00 pm

    Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    L’Amant anonyme, 18th century composer Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges' only extant opera, about a grieving widow and the secret admirer who anonymously sends her gifts while waiting for her heart to heal. A production of Chicago's Haymarket Opera Company, sung in French.
  • Roméo et Juliette

    Roméo et Juliette

    November 12, 2022 1:00 pm

    Charles Gounod

    Charles Gounod's lavish take on Shakespeare's tragic love story, full of lyricism and passion in this production of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts, led by Patrick Fournillier.
  • Don Pasquale

    Don Pasquale

    November 19, 2022 1:00 pm

    Gaetano Donizetti

    Donizetti's comic opera, an audience favorite, of trickery in the name of love as the elderly Don Pasquale seeks a wife to produce an heir and discredit his nephew, Ernesto. This production of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Falstaff

    Falstaff

    November 26, 2022 1:00 pm

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi’s lighthearted and final opera, based on Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, is full of merriment and mischief as the knight Falstaff attempts to gain wealth through seduction. This production of National Centre for the Performing Arts star Robert de Candia in the title role.
  • L'elisir d'amore

    L'Elisir d'amore

    December 3, 2022 1:00 pm

    Gaetano Donizetti

    This charming, comic opera is an audience favorite, a triumph of sincerity and fidelity as the the peasant Nemorino wins the love of the wealthy landowner, Adina, through the magic of an elixir. This production of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts is led by Pier Giorgio Morandi.