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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

La Bohème

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

Marco Armiliato

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

Porgy and Bess

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm

Composer:

THE GERSHWINS

Conductor:

David Robertson

 A supremely American operatic masterpiece and the most ambitious work by one of the nation’s greatest musical talents, Porgy and Bess focuses on the joys and struggles of a black neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century. The overall combination of music, word, and idea among a complex blend of Americana make this a unique and impressive work both within and beyond the operatic repertory.

Previous broadcasts

La Traviata Photo by Jonathan Tichler

La Traviata

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Karel Mark Chichon

Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

Wozzeck Photo by Ruth Walz/Salzburg Festival

Wozzeck

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Composer:

ALBAN BERG

Conductor:

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality.

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