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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

Falstaff

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Riccardo Muti

Verdi's final masterpiece from an all-star cast with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus led by the king of Verdi conductors, Riccardo Muti;  "...who makes you feel you are hearing the composer’s operas for the very first time. Adroitly poised between sincerity and mockery, laughter and tears, this eloquent “Falstaff” is a triumph."  NY Times

Previous broadcasts

Arabella

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD STRAUSS

Conductor:

Wolfgang Rennert

A family with two daughters is living above their means; without the means to marry off both. So, Arabella is first in the search for Mr. Right, while her sister pretends to be her brother. Mistaken identities, misunderstanding, and yes, a marriage too in this lyric and wistful work of art.

Hérodiade

Washington Concert Opera

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

JULES MASSENET

Conductor:

Antony Walker

Based on the Biblical story of Herod and Herodias, Salome, and John the Baptist, and influenced by Gustav Flaubert’s version in his play, Massenet’s opera forgoes the traditionally sensational features of the story to focus instead on its underpinning of love in the form of sensual desire and spiritual devotion, as well as maternal love, as a vulnerable Salome searches for the mother who abandoned her as a child, only to receive a dramatic discovery and tragic ending.  This production is a 2016 performance by Washington Concert Opera.

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