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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

Erwin Schrott in the title role of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro."

Le Nozze di Figaro

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor:

Edo de Waart

Richard Eyre's season-opening new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts.

"A sparkling new production... joyful music-making... A memorable performance of Mozart's immortal comedy." (Associated Press)

"A swiftly paced, playful evening... Eyre skillfully built the comic ensembles to climaxes that made you laugh out loud... A happy Marriage at the Met." (Wall Street Journal)

"A ravishing, intricately wrought evening of music, humor and emotional depth... An evening like this is the strongest argument for the continued vigor of the Met." (New York Magazine)

La Traviata

La Traviata

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Marco Armiliato

Verdi's consumptive courtesan returns in Willy Decker's timeless setting, with rising sopranos Marina Rebeka and Sonya Yoncheva sharing the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello and Francesco Demuro are Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey and Ludovic Tézier are Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Engelbert Humperdink

Conductor:

Sir Andrew Davis

Returning for the holidays, this season's family entertainment is Richard Jones's witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in which two children face off against a wicked witch. In a lush setting of giant chefs, suit-clad trees, and an industrial kitchen where the Witch gets what's coming to her, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel will lead a visual and delightful feast for our younger patrons.
 

Previous broadcasts

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Richard Wagner

Conductor:

James Levine

James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of this epic comedy, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. James Morris and Michael Volle share the central role of Hans Sachs. Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva.

Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almamiva, Christopher Maltman as Figaro, and Isabel Leonard as Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor:

Michele Mariotti

In Bartlett Sher’s effervescent production of Rossini’s most popular opera, Isabel Leonard is the beautiful and feisty Rosina, who won’t be kept under lock and key. Lawrence Brownlee is her conspiring flame, Almaviva, and Christopher Maltman is the omnipotent barber, Figaro. Michele Mariotti conducts.

"Lawrence Brownlee makes a dashing Almaviva, singing with a focused, ardent tenor. Isabel Leonard is a pitch-perfect Rosina, cute but sharp clawed, dispatching Rossini's dizzying runs and ornaments with stenciled precision. Maurizio Muraro owns the role of Bartolo, his diction flawless in the rapid-fire patter arias... [Conductor Michele Mariotti] led an attentive, febrile performance from the orchestra that showed meticulous attention to small details." (New York Times)

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