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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

The Barber of Seville

Proms Concerts, Royal Albert Hall, London

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Conductor:

Enrique Mazzola

There may be no such thing as artistic perfection, but with Barber of Seville Rossini surely came as close as anyone to creating a flawless operatic comedy. The production is the first of three this quarter from the prestigious Proms Concerts, performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Hamlet

Göteborg Opera, Sweden

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

AMBROISE THOMAS

Conductor:

Henrik Schaefer

The first of back-to-back musical takes on Shakespeare's Hamlet, this drama is among just a handful of Shakespeare-based operas to have achieved lasting success in the world's theaters. The few others include works by Verdi, Gounod and Britten, putting Thomas in rarified operatic company.

Amleto (Hamlet)

Bregenz Festival, Switzerland

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

FRANCO FACCIO

Conductor:

Paolo Carignani

Franco Faccio was an Italian contemporary of Verdi better known as a conductor than a composer. His operatic version of Hamlet premiered in Genoa in 1865, and was viewed by many as overly "modern." Faccio's collaborator on Amleto was librettest Arrigo Boito, who went on to write the librettos for two of Verdi's great Shakespeare operas, Otello and Falstaff.

Previous broadcasts

Pelléas and Mélisande

Aix-en-Provence Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Conductor:

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Can an opera deliver passion and intensity without over-the-top mad scenes, rousing calls to arms, and crashing cadences? The answer is yes, and this emotional marvel by Debussy proves it.

Pelléas and Mélisande

Aix-en-Provence Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Conductor:

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Can an opera deliver passion and intensity without over-the-top mad scenes, rousing calls to arms, and crashing cadences? The answer is yes, and this emotional marvel by Debussy proves it.

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