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Classical WETA is Washington's home for opera year round.

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

Photo by: Cory Weaver

Dream of the Red Chamber

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

BRIGHT SHENG

Conductor:

George Manahan

A new opera based on an epic Chinese story with "...rapturously expressive new music." L.A. Times. The story, from one of China’s greatest classical novels—as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West—recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress.

Photo by: Cory Weaver

Dream of the Red Chamber

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

BRIGHT SHENG

Conductor:

George Manahan

A new opera based on an epic Chinese story with "...rapturously expressive new music." L.A. Times. The story, from one of China’s greatest classical novels—as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West—recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress.

Photo By: Cory Weaver

Don Pasquale

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Giuseppe Finzi

For love, or money – an age old set up for many a story, serious and silly, about how far should one go to "have it all". A penny-pinching Pasquale tries to force his nephew to marry for money - and gets a lesson he’ll never forget. Director Laurent Pelly calls it, "Old Love, New Love, Trick Love, True Love". The critics call it, "Seriously Funny".

Previous broadcasts

Listener’s Choice Opera

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

During our Fall Pledge Drive, we ask listeners to vote for their favorite opera. The Classical WETA Opera House program will count down the top 10 operas by playing arias or excerpts from those works, wrapping up with a complete performance of the #1 opera.

Photo Credit: Cory Weaver

Andrea Chénier

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

UMBERTO GIORDANO

Conductor:

Nicola Luisotti

Inspired by real people and events in a society on the brink, Giordano's powerful verismo opera turns on a dashing poet, a young noblewoman, a servant turned revolutionary - drawn together in love … and death, in the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution.

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