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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

Faust

Faust

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CHARLES GOUNOD

Conductor:

Maurizio Benini

This lush drama by Gounod is surely the most popular musical representation of the immortal story of Faust, a man who confronts both the devil incarnate and the hellish consequences of his own weakness. 

Csilla Boross

Nabucco

Grand Theater Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

John Fiore

The composer's first big hit, Nabucco  is one of many of Verdi operas in which his patriotic followers found a timely political agenda woven into an exotic, historical context, and its emotional chorus "Va Pensiero" became a sort of unofficial, Italian national anthem.

Tancredi

Tancredi

Champs-Elysées Theatre Chorus & Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor:

Enrique Mazzola

Previous broadcasts

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

Teatro Comunale Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

P. I. TCHAIKOVSKY

Conductor:

Aziz Shokhakimov

A brooding masterpiece, Tchaikovsky's dark drama portrays a caddish aristocrat whose indifference towards others turns full circle, and comes back to destroy him. 

Luisa Miller

Luisa Miller

Lausanne Opera Chamber Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Always drawn to the greatest and most challenging literature, Verdi based this compelling drama on a play by Friederich Schiller.  Often neglected today, the opera was a success at its Naples premiere and features some top-notch music, even by Verdi's standards, including a series of evocative choruses and one of his finest overtures.

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