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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

Arabella

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Richard Strauss

Conductor:

Philippe Auguin

Swedish soprano Malin Byström stars in the title role of Strauss’s nostalgic romance that explores the fleeting charms of youth, with Michael Volle and Genia Kühmeier. Philippe Auguin conducts.
 

Così fan tutte

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor:

James Levine

Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.
 

I Puritani

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Vincenzo Bellini

Conductor:

Michele Mariotti

An exciting newcomer joins three acclaimed bel canto stars in Bellini’s final opera, a vocal showcase that features one of opera’s greatest mad scenes. Olga Peretyatko makes her highly anticipated Met debut as Elvira, the young woman driven to madness, opposite Lawrence Brownlee, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Michele Pertusi.
 

Previous broadcasts

Andrea Chénier

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Composer:

Umberto Giordano

Conductor:

Gianandrea Noseda

After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano’s melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
 

La bohème

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giacomo Puccini

Conductor:

Stefano Ranzani

Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Maija Kovalevska, Anita Hartig, and Barbara Frittoli star as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Joseph Calleja and Vittorio Grigolo sharing the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo.
 

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