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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

Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor:

Adam Fischer

Julie Taymor's transcendent production of Mozart's magical composition, seen this season in its full-length German version, features a youthful cast led by Miah Persson as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Toby Spence as Tamino, Markus Werba as Papageno, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro. Adam Fischer conducts.

Carmen

Carmen

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Georges Bizet

Conductor:

Louis Langrée

Richard Eyre’s stunning production returns with its original star, Elina Garanca, who plays the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann take turns playing Carmen’s desperate lover, Don José. Louis Langrée conducts.

Joyce DiDonato

La Donna del Lago

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor:

Michele Mariotti

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Previous broadcasts

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor:

Alan Gilbert

The magnetic Peter Mattei is Don Giovanni, performing alongside the starry ensemble of Elza van den Heever, Emma Bell, and Luca Pisaroni. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert crosses the Lincoln Center Plaza to conduct.

Bluebeards Castle

Iolanta / Bluebeard's Castle

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Peter Tchaikovsky / Béla Bartók

Conductor:

Valery Gergiev

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by a psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
 

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