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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

Così fan tutte

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor:

James Levine

Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.
 

I Puritani

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Vincenzo Bellini

Conductor:

Michele Mariotti

An exciting newcomer joins three acclaimed bel canto stars in Bellini’s final opera, a vocal showcase that features one of opera’s greatest mad scenes. Olga Peretyatko makes her highly anticipated Met debut as Elvira, the young woman driven to madness, opposite Lawrence Brownlee, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Michele Pertusi.
 

La Cenerentola

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giachino Rossini

Conductor:

Fabio Luisi

A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.
 

Previous broadcasts

Arabella

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Richard Strauss

Conductor:

Philippe Auguin

Swedish soprano Malin Byström stars in the title role of Strauss’s nostalgic romance that explores the fleeting charms of youth, with Michael Volle and Genia Kühmeier. Philippe Auguin conducts.
 

Andrea Chénier

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Composer:

Umberto Giordano

Conductor:

Gianandrea Noseda

After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano’s melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
 

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