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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

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.

La Forza del Destino

Grand Theatre of Geneva (from Victoria Hall)

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Paolo Arrivabeni

Verdi's relentless drama of politics, passion and revenge demands a top-notch ensemble cast. This production from Geneva delivers, and the Suisse Romande Orchestra shines in what may be Verdi's most famous overture.

Manon Lescaut

Vienna State Opera

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

Marco Armiliato

Very few stories have inspired more than one great opera. One that did is the tale of Manon, a beautiful young woman who falls victim to a combination of her own passions and the men who both love and exploit her -- which was famously set to music by Massenet, and in this passionate score by Puccini. The Vienna production features a knockout performance by one of today's most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko, in the title role.

Previous broadcasts

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.

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.

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