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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 Met Opera production of IDOMENEO

IDOMENEO

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor:

James Levine

The opera is set in Crete, about 1200 BC. Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Greece, has been carried off by Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, triggering the Trojan War. As she is also the sister-in-law of Agamemnon, several Greek kings allied with him have joined forces to lay siege to the city of Troy. One of these kings is Idomeneo (Idomeneus) of Crete. Having been away for many years, Idomeneo has, prior to his victorious return, sent ahead of him some Trojan captives, including Priam’s daughter, the princess Ilia. On her arrival in Crete she is rescued from a storm by Idomeneo’s young son, Idamante, who has ruled as regent in his father’s absence. The two have fallen in love. Princess Elettra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, also loves Idamante. After Elettra and her brother, Oreste, killed their mother and her lover, she was forced to flee their home in Argos and has taken refuge in Crete.

Scene from Met Opera production of FIDELIO

FIDELIO

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor:

Sebastian Weigle

Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. Klaus Florian Vogt is Florestan, Greer Grimsley is Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann is Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

Scene from Met Opera production of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Richard Wagner

Conductor:

Simon Rattle

Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for last season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Papeas King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met.

Previous broadcasts

Scene from Met Opera production of GUILLAUME TELL

GUILLAUME TELL

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor:

Fabio Luisi

Rossini’s epic telling of the William Tell fable returns to the Met stage after an absence of more than 80 years, in a new production by Pierre Audi. Gerald Finley sings one of his signature roles as Tell, the revolutionary on a quest for freedom. Marina Rebeka is Mathilde and Bryan Hymel is her suitor, Arnold. Fabio Luisi conducts Rossini’s final, crowning operatic achievement.

Scene from Met Opera production of LA TRAVIATA

LA TRAVIATA

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Nicola Luisotti

Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

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