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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

Macbeth

Macbeth

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Fabio Luisi

Anna Netrebko moves boldly into Verdi with her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

“One of the greatest triumphs in recent Met history. …Anna Netrebko… a spectacular artist of vast interpretive skills… A riveting performance dispatched with artistry and fearless intensity.” —Bloomberg

“This was Ms. Netrebko’s night… Incisive, exacting Verdi singing, with gleaming top notes. She is a soprano with star power in the best sense, a charismatic expressivity that pervades every element of her performance.” —New York Times

“A soaring bravura performance… Željko Lucic is a forceful presence as Macbeth… It is the blind drive for power at all costs that Netrebko so chillingly captures and that makes the Met’s Macbeth such a success.” —Huffington Post

“The opportunity that the Met provides to experience her portrayal is not to be missed. *****” —Financial Times

Željko Lucic gives a “dramatically compelling and vocally nuanced performance… His final, rage-fueled call to battle was harrowing.” —NY Classical Review

Lucic “is an elegant baritone with a distinctive voice, burnished, mellow, a little earthy. He has ample power and smooth legato phrasing.” —New York Times

“The conductor Fabio Luisi gives consistent reinforcement to the drama of Verdi’s marvellous score while also recognising the opportunities it affords for sumptuous, stylish singing." —Financial Times

“Luisi led a thrilling performance from the pit, weaving spooky atmospheres and wringing every drop of drama from the score.” —NY Classical Review

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.
 

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.

Previous broadcasts

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Jacques Offenbach

Conductor:

Yves Abel

Vittorio Grigolo and Matthew Polenzani take turns playing the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. The roles of the three heroines are shared by an impressive lineup of singing actresses, including Hibla Gerzmava, Susanna Phillips, Erin Morley, Audrey Luna, Christine Rice, and Elena Maximova. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and James Levine and Yves Abel conduct Offenbach’s sparkling score.
 

Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte

The Metropolitan Opera

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:45am

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.

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