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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

Scene from Met Opera production of L’Amour de Loin

L’Amour de Loin

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 1:00pm


Kaija Saariaho


Susanna Mälkki

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love, Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea, and Tamara Mumford is the pilgrim who brings messages back and forth. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.


The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 1:00pm


Richard Strauss


Johannes Debus

Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. Patricia Racette takes on the tour-de-force title role, part innocent and part sexual predator, for the first time at the Met. Željko Lučić is her prophetic nemesis Jochanaan, John the Baptist. Gerhard Siegel is Herod, and Johannes Debus conducts.

Previous broadcasts

Scene from Met Opera production of Manon Lescaut (Credit: Ken Howard)

Manon Lescaut

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 12:30pm


Giacomo Puccini


Marco Armiliato

Anna Netrebko and Kristine Opolais share the title role, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris. Marcelo Álvarez is her obsessed lover in the opera that made Puccini famous, showcased in Richard Eyre’s heated,1940s film noir–inspired production, with Marco Armiliato on the podium.

Scene from Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 1:00pm




Gianandrea Noseda

The story of this complex drama at times verges on the outlandish, but Verdi's score also serves up an astonishing number of his most familiar melodies, making it one of the most popular of all the composer's operas.

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