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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

Pelléas and Mélisande

Aix-en-Provence Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Conductor:

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Can an opera deliver passion and intensity without over-the-top mad scenes, rousing calls to arms, and crashing cadences? The answer is yes, and this emotional marvel by Debussy proves it.

Pelléas and Mélisande

Aix-en-Provence Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Conductor:

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Can an opera deliver passion and intensity without over-the-top mad scenes, rousing calls to arms, and crashing cadences? The answer is yes, and this emotional marvel by Debussy proves it.

The Barber of Seville

Proms Concerts, Royal Albert Hall, London

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Conductor:

Enrique Mazzola

There may be no such thing as artistic perfection, but with Barber of Seville Rossini surely came as close as anyone to creating a flawless operatic comedy. The production is the first of three this quarter from the prestigious Proms Concerts, performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Previous broadcasts

Scene from Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut

Vienna State Opera

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

Marco Armiliato

Very few stories have inspired more than one great opera. One that did is the tale of Manon, a beautiful young woman who falls victim to a combination of her own passions and the men who both love and exploit her -- which was famously set to music by Massenet, and in this passionate score by Puccini. The Vienna production features a knockout performance by one of today's most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko, in the title role.

Scene from La Forza del Destino

La Forza del Destino

Grand Theatre of Geneva (from Victoria Hall)

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Paolo Arrivabeni

Verdi's relentless drama of politics, passion and revenge demands a top-notch ensemble cast. This production from Geneva delivers, and the Suisse Romande Orchestra shines in what may be Verdi's most famous overture.

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