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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 Ken Howard

Moby-Dick

LA Opera

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

Composer:

JAKE HEGGIE

Conductor:

James Conlon

This two-act opera by American composer Jake Heggie premiered in 2010 and is based on the classic Herman Melville story of Captain Ahab's revenge again the mighty whale Moby-Dick, and how the mission threatens his crew aboard the whaling ship, Pequod.  Sung in English.  A production of LA Opera. 

Andrea Chénier

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

Composer:

UMBERTO GIORDANO

Conductor:

Nicola Luisotti

With a backdrop of the French Revolution, the story is loosely based on the life and tragic death of French poet André Chenier, who was executed as a revolutionary.  Giordano effectively employs the verismostyle of opera, offering a view of life in Paris before and after the Revolution.  A production of San Francisco Opera.

Photo by Don Lassell

La Straniera

Washington Concert Opera

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 1:00pm

Composer:

VINCENZO BELLINI

Conductor:

Antony Walker

Vincenzo Bellini's drama is based on historical events of the 12th century in which the presence of a mysterious stranger, la straniera,sparks secrets, romance, and a surprise when her true identity is revealed.  Bellini's orchestral colors evoke intrigue and mystery in this bel canto masterpiece.  A 2017 production of Washington Concert Opera.

Previous broadcasts

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Gianni Schicchi | Pagliacci

LA Opera

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI | RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO

Conductor:

Grant Gershon (Gianni Schicchi) | Plácido Domingo (Pagliacci)

Part of Puccini's trio of operas, il trittico, the comic one-act opera Gianni Schicchi shows the extent of disguise and deception a family will take to inherit a fortune.  The plot derives roughly from Dante's Divine Comedy and a true incident that occurred in 13th century Florence.  

Leoncavallo's Pagliacci tells the story of a comedy troupe's clown, il pagliacco, and his murderous crime driven by romantic jealousy.  Composed in the verismo style that depicts struggles of real-life people of all social classes.  Both operas are productions of LA Opera.

Photo by Ken Howard

Norma

LA Opera

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 1:00pm

Composer:

VINCENZO BELLINI

Conductor:

James Conlon

In this tragic opera that takes place during ancient times, the high priestess Norma forsakes her vows and sacrifices her life for secular love.  This masterpiece of bel canto opera by Vincenzo Bellini is a staple in operatic repertoire, includes the popular aria Casta Diva, and showcases expressive, soaring melodies and challenging vocal demands.  A production of LA Opera.

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