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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


Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 1:00pm


Jules Massenet


Emmanuel Villaume

Thaïs is an Egyptian courtesan and priestess of Venus whom the Christian monk Athanaël seeks to reform. While she ultimately achieves salvation, he falls prey to his growing lust for the woman.


Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00pm


Giacomo Puccini


Emmanuel Villaume

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.

Previous broadcasts

A scene from Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:30pm


Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo


Nicola Luisotti

Two tales of passion, jealousy, and death set in southern Italy, Cav/Pag have been all but inseparable on the opera stages of the world since the Met first presented them as a double bill in 1893. The overwhelming success of Cavalleria was crucial in launching the verismo movement, inspiring other composers (including Leoncavallo) to turn to stories and characters from real life, and often from society’s grungier elements.

A scene from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Photo by Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera.

Hansel and Gretel

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 1:00pm


Engelbert Humperdinck


Donald Runnicles

Originally conceived as a small-scale vocal entertainment for children, Hansel and Gretel resonates with both adults and children, and has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas ever created.

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