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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

Scene from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Don Quichotte

Don Quichotte

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

JULES MASSENET

Conductor:

Sir Andrew Davis

Inspired by Cervantes masterpiece, Massenet vividly brings to life the fictional knight tilting at windmills, his beloved Dulcinee, and his faithful squire Sancho. Music of passion and poignancy conjures a Spain full of energy, beauty, and hope. Opera News says that Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Don Quichotte, "… is a storyteller…[he] raises magnificent singing to the level of great operatic art".

The Magic Flute

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Conductor:

Rory Macdonald

Prince Tamino is lovestruck – one look is all it took, of a picture of Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. She will be his if he can rescue her from the high priest Sarastro. Difficult trials await Tamino and his sidekick, the birdcatcher Papageno. In this enchanting production of Mozart's fairytale opera for all ages, with heroes, villains and plenty of comic relief, light overcomes darkness; and love and goodness win the day.

Norma

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

VINCENZO BELLINI

Conductor:

Riccardo Frizza

This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and passion to jealousy, revenge, and redemption. Bellini's bel canto masterpiece includes the stunning  “Casta diva” and breathtaking vocal fireworks as Norma’s rage overflows. World-acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role in a performance critics raved, "A Norma not to be missed".

Previous broadcasts

Scene from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Les Troyens

Les Troyens

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

HECTOR BERLIOZ

Conductor:

Sir Andrew Davis

Christine Goerke's Cassandra gets it right, but no one believes her warnings of doom; and they take in that "gift" horse. The Lyric Opera premier of Berlioz retelling of Vergil's Aeneid is French opera at its most grand and glorious. Susan Graham as Dido and Brandon Jovanovich as Aeneas in a powerhouse cast with a tidal wave of sound from Lyric's massive chorus and orchestra in a tour de force hailed as a "triumph". 

Lucia di Lammermoor

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Enrique Mazzola

A romantic tragedy darkened by deceit, a family feud, an unwelcome arranged marriage, rage, murder and the most famous "mad" scene in all of opera,  Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR is an intense journey of passion and horror.  This Lyric Opera of Chicago production also defines the true meaning of "bel canto", beautiful singing,  with acclaimed performances from Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia, and Piotr Beczala as Edgardo.

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