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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

Aida

Orchestra of St Cecilia

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Conductor

One of Giuseppe Verdi’s most enduring classics, Aida is an emotionally charged, tragic love story of forbidden love between members of warring nations, set in ancient Egypt.  We will feature a 2015 recorded performance of Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, featuring soprano Anja Harteros in the title role and acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Radamès.  This presentation will be preceded by a special program of Verdi favorites.

The Clemency of Titus photo by Cory Weaver

The Clemency of Titus

LA Opera

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Composer:

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Conductor:

James Conlon

One of Mozart’s final works, this drama combines deceit, a quest for power and conspiracy, and a merciful emperor who forgives those who betray him.  This production of LA Opera features tenor Russell Thomas as Titus and Elizabeth DeShong as Sesto, and is conducted by James Conlon.

Previous broadcasts

Les Troyens photo by Todd Rosenberg

Les Troyens

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm

Composer:

HECTOR BERLIOZ

Conductor:

Sir Andrew Davis

One of the cornerstones of 19th century French grand opera, Les Troyens is based on Virgil's ancient epic poem Aeneid, that explores the life of the Trojan warrior, Aeneas, his settlement in Italy and victorious battle over the Latins.   This production of Lyric Opera of Chicago features Christine Goerke, Susan Graham and Brandon Jovanovich, and is conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Eugene Onegin photo by Todd Rosenberg

Eugene Onegin

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Composer:

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Conductor:

Alejo Pérez

In this heartrending opera based on the prose poem by Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin comes to regret late in life his callous behavior that resulted in lost love and friendship.   Conducted by Alejo Pérez, the performance is a production of Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring internationally acclaimed Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role, along with Ana María Martínez and Charles Castronovo.

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