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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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Previous broadcasts

Akhnaten

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm

Composer:

PHILIP GLASS

Conductor:

Karen Kamensek

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens with Philip Glass’s Akhnaten—the first time the Saturday matinee broadcast season has begun with an opera by a living composer. American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the iconoclastic pharaoh who introduced the concept of monotheism to ancient Egypt. The cast also features J’Nai Bridges as Akhnaten’s wife Nefertiti, Dísella Lárusdóttir as Queen Tye, Aaron Blake as the High Priest of Amon, Will Liverman as Horemhab, Richard Bernstein as Aye, and Zachary James in the speaking role of Amenhotep. Karen Kamensek leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Carmen photo by Ken Howard

Carmen

LA Opera

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GEORGES BIZET

Conductor:

James Conlon

This immortal opera about the gypsy Carmen and the men who love her is a powerhouse of passion and seduction, jealousy and murder, brimming with brilliant melodies.  Conducted by James Conlon, this presentation from LA Opera features Ana María Martínez in the title role and Brandon Jovanovich as Don José.

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