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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

Onegin

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Conductor:

Alejo Perez

Don Giovanni

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Conductor:

Sir Andrew Davis

An arrogant, aggressive, irresistible Don Juan flaunts his catalogue of conquests; confident he'll add a few more. His victims vow to bring him to justice; but in the end it's a ghost that turns up the heat. Many call Mozart's masterpiece the "perfect" opera. Serious, funny, and a specter of the supernatural too; Lyric's Don Giovanni praised as a "tour de force". 

Tannhäuser

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

RICHARD WAGNER

Conductor:

Sir Andrew Davis

Love a saintly woman or love with wild bacchanalian abandon seduced by the goddess Venus? Tannhäuser is torn between moral purity and carnal delights; then seeks a path to repentance and forgiveness.  From the stirring Overture, the frenzied Venusburg music, affecting Song to the Evening Star and the Pilgrims Chorus, a performance Opera News called "gloriously sung", starring the renowned South African tenor Johan Botha. 

Previous broadcasts

Carmen

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GEORGES BIZET

Conductor:

Ainars Rubikis

From the Lyric Opera Of Chicago: "Opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there’s only one Carmen." First, a hapless corporal, then a dashing bullfighter fall under her spell. Reviews say, "Sparks fly between this Carmen and this Jose", in a performance that "sizzles" with energy and tension. You'll be captivated by Bizet's tuneful masterpiece  — the smoky Habanera, the playful Seguidilla, the provocative Gypsy Song - every single melody a beloved hit.  

Norma

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

VINCENZO BELLINI

Conductor:

Riccardo Frizza

This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and passion to jealousy, revenge, and redemption. Bellini's bel canto masterpiece includes the stunning  “Casta diva” and breathtaking vocal fireworks as Norma’s rage overflows. World-acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role in a performance critics raved, "A Norma not to be missed".

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