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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

Macbeth

Macbeth

Radio France Chorus & National Orchestra of France

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Daniele Gatti

Astonishingly, there may be only a half-dozen or so successful operas inspired by Shakespeare. Even more remarkable is that Verdi alone accounted for three of them. His Macbeth may not be heard quite so often as Otello and Falstaff, but it's still among his finest and most intense dramas.

Il Turco in Italia

Il Turco in Italia

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Conductor:

Daniele Rustioni

With A Turk in Italy, Rossini turns the narrative tables on his own, more popular comedy, The Italian Girl in Algiers.  This opera may be less familiar but it's every bit as funny, and comes to us from one of Italy's finest regional theaters.
 

Elektra

Elektra

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD STRAUSS

Conductor:

Mikko Franck

Surely, Clytaemnestra, Agamemnon and their kids Elektra and Orestes qualify as one of the most dysfunctional families in all of literature, not to mention opera.  Elektra takes the lead in this chapter of their appalling yet absorbing history.
 

Previous broadcasts

W. A. MOZART

La Finta Semplice

Munich Radio Orchestra

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

W. A. MOZART

Conductor:

Rinaldo Alessandrini

 

The term "children's music" is generally used to describe music written for children – but in this opera, it takes on a different meaning. La Finta Semplice is kids' music written by a kid -- the eleven-year-old Mozart, who used it to showcase an innovative ensemble style that later came to full bloom in masterpieces including The Marriage of Figaro.
 

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Jesús Lopez Cobos

Donizetti wrote any number of irresistible comedies, including The Elixir of Love and The Daughter of the Regiment, and this sparkling score may be the best of them all. From Vienna, acclaimed veteran Juan Diego Florez does a star turn alongside the captivating young Romanian soprano, Valentina Nafornita.

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