Search form

Classical WETA Opera House

Saturdays on Classical WETA 90.9 FM

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.

Your contribution helps support programs like this on Classical WETA. Consider a donation today »

Upcoming broadcasts

Otello

Grand Liceu Theater, Barcelona

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Conductor:

Christopher Franklin

Lovers of Shakespeare's Othello may find that Rossini's version strays a bit at the beginning. But when all is said and done, Rossini and the bard seem joined at the hip, in a hair-raising finale that rivals even Verdi's masterful setting of the drama. The production is the first half of an Otello double-header from Barcelona.

Scene from Otello

Otello

Grand Liceu Theater, Barcelona

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Philippe Auguin

Leave it to Verdi to take a classic tragedy by Shakespeare and, if anything, make it even more powerful and heartrending. The libretto is by Arrigo Boito, who also collaborated on another of Verdi's great Shakespeare operas, Falstaff.

Jenufa

Vienna State Opera

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

LEOS JANÁCEK

Conductor:

Ingo Metzmacher

Janácek was in his sixties, at an age when many are enjoying retirement, when the surprise success of Jenufa first brought him widespread fame.  The opera is an undoubted masterpiece, telling a disturbing, yet strangely inspiring story of multiple betrayals, gruesome murder and ultimate, if unlikely, forgiveness.

Previous broadcasts

Turandot

Vienna State Opera

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

Gustavo Dudamel

As he also proved with Madame Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West, Puccini never hesitated to apply his proudly Italian sensibilities to far flung, “exotic” locales.  With Turandot, he evokes the splendors of ancient China -- in an opera featuring “Nessun dorma,” the aria the Three Tenors famously put on the charts.

Scene from Macbeth

Macbeth

Vienna State Opera

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Alain Altinoglu

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.

Connect with WETA

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest