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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

Un Ballo in Maschera

Un Ballo in Maschera

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

James Levine

Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo for the first time at the Met in his very first collaboration with Music Director James Levine. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky reprise their acclaimed interpretations in the revival of David Alden’s film noir-inspired production.

The Rake's Progress

The Rake's Progress

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Conductor:

James Levine

James Levine revisits one of his favorite 20th-century classics: Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, with its wondrous neo-classical score, back on the Met stage for the first time in 12 years. Paul Appleby adds another leading role as Tom Rakewell, opposite Layla Claire as Anne Trulove, Stephanie Blythe as the bearded lady Baba the Turk, and Gerald Finley as the devilish Nick Shadow.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

OTTO NICOLAI

Conductor:

Christian Zacharias

Successful Shakespeare-based operas are few and far between, and this gem is often overlooked. Using the same story that later inspired Verdi's Falstaff, Nicolai's colorful score combines the sparkle of Italian opera with the budding style of German romanticism.

Previous broadcasts

Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo

Conductor:

Fabio Luisi

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria Rusticana, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) are the unlucky heroines, and George Gagnidze sings both Alfio and Tonio. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Dmitri Shostakovich

Conductor:

James Conlon

Shostakovich’s towering tragedy of adultery and murder stars the commanding dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine who suffers the vicissitudes of her treachery. Brandon Jovanovich is her co-conspirator and lover, and James Conlon conducts.

Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role "brings aching vulnerability and delicate singing to her overwhelming performance." Brandon Jovanovich "is ideal as Sergei. His singing is bright and virile, and he is dramatically fearless." James Conlon draws an "inspired, incisive and colorful performance... from the great Met Orchestra." (New York Times)

A "brilliant production, cleverly conceived and imaginatively focused... The splendid cast was properly dominated by Eva-Maria Westbroek, dramatically uninhibited, emotionally wide-ranging... Brandon Jovanovich conveyed the lust and languor of her sometime lover, Sergei, with savage bravado... James Conlon brilliantly juggled passion and pathos, tragedy and satire in the pit... Five stars." (Financial Times)

"Completely engrossing... Westbroek was supported by a cast that was superb from top to bottom." (New York Classical Review)

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