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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

Das Liebesverbot

The Royal Theater, Madrid

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 1:00pm


Richard Wagner


Ivor Bolton

Wagner’s early and rarely-heard comedy has so many "non-Wagnerian" elements thatthe composer himself, in his later years, looked back on it with a slightly bemused eye.Based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, it comes to as one of manycommemorations of the playwright's anniversary year.

Previous broadcasts

Scene from Guntram


Washington Concert Opera

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 1:00pm


Richard Strauss


Antony Walker

Strauss’ first opera is the work of an already highly experienced opera conductor and composer and is as much a homage to his hero, Wagner, as it is a work that heralds a new period in his compositional maturity.

Scene from Le Nozze di Figaro, Wolf Trap Opera

Le Nozze di Figaro

Wolf Trap Opera Company

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 1:00pm


W.A. Mozart


Kathleen Kelly

The Marriage of Figaro started its life with a French playwright before continuing its journey as an Italian opera written by an Austrian—but its roots lie in Spain, its setting, and its people. Our Wolf Trap Opera team wanted to explore this most brilliant and most human of Mozart’s operas through the lens of its land: a land whose people enjoy a reputation as hot as its summers, whose revolutionary (and counter-revolutionary) spirit extended well into the 20th century, and where the role of class and status constantly changed, but remained ever-present throughout its modern history. We were particularly attracted to the period after the second restoration of Spain’s monarchy in the 1880s: a time marked by the aristocracy’s tenuous grip on power, with increasing unrest as democratic and socialist perspectives vied for popularity among the “lower” classes. While fashions became looser and the emancipatory spirit of the 20th century was fast approaching, the constraints of class and rank, and the trappings and privileges of power, remained key components of everyday life. It is this setting that provides us with a dynamic backdrop against which to perform our story of love, desire, and revolution—in all its silliness and all its seriousness.

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