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Classical WETA Opera House

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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

Rameau

Castor and Pollux

Pygmalion Ensemble

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU

Conductor:

Raphaël Pichon

Colin Ainsworth (Castor); Florian Sempey (Pollux); Emmanuelle de Negri (Télaïre); Clémentine Margaine (Phébé); Sabine Devieilhe (Cléone); Christian Immler (Jupiter); Virgile Ancely (High Priest)
 

Salome

Salome

Orchestra of the German Opera, Berlin

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD STRAUSS

Conductor:

Donald Runnicles

The soprano who created the role of Salome declared herself "respectable" -- and thus refused to perform the famously scandalous "Dance of the Seven Veils.  (A dancer served as stand-in.)  Yet that very sensationalism, along with the raw power of its drama, has made Salome one of Strauss's most familiar and popular operas. 
 

LISTENERS' CHOICE OPERA

TBD

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

TBD

Conductor:

TBD

During our Fall Pledge Drive, we will ask listeners to vote for their favorite opera. The Classical WETA Opera House program will count down the top 10 operas by playing arias or excerpts from those works, wrapping up with a complete performance of the #1 opera.
 

Previous broadcasts

Otello

Otello

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

Myung Whun Chun

Otello, Iago and Desdemona, three of literature's most complex and compelling characters, come to life in what many consider Verdi's most moving opera.  Written when the composer was in his early 70s, Otello takes one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies and, if anything, makes it even more powerful and heartbreaking.
 

La Wally

La Wally

Suisse Romande Orchestra; Grand Theatre Chorus

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

ALFREDO CATALANI

Conductor:

Evelino Pidò

As Verdi's career was winding down, and Puccini's was achieving full flight, Catalani tried to take Italian opera in a different direction, combining Italian passion and lyricism with a German Romantic style of drama.  La Wally was by far his greatest success.
 

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