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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

Armida

Armida

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Conductor:

Roberto Abbado

The story of the sorceress Armida, from Torquato Tasso's epic poem Jerusalem Liberated, has been set by several great composers -- including Dvorak, Handel and Haydn -- as well as any number of lesser lights.  But of all those versions, Rossini's lively opera just may be the best.
 

Previous broadcasts

Maria Stuarda

Maria Stuarda

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Betrand de Billy

In operas from Elizabeth at Kenilworth to Anna Bolena, Donizetti seemed fascinated by the intrigues and rivalries of British royalty.  This example deals with the complex relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart -- also known as Mary, Queen of Scots.
 

Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut

Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Chorus

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

Sir Simon Rattle

Massenet's version of the Manon story may win out when it comes to pure tunefulness, but if you're looking for outright passion, it's hard to beat Puccini.  This production from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival comes to us belatedly, but it's worth the wait, with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role, plus Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic.
 

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