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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

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.
 

Aida

Aida

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 1:15pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Marco Armiliato

Grand opera at its grandest: the splendors of ancient Egypt return to the stage of the Met. Verdi’s mythic love triangle features Liudmyla Monastyrska, Tamara Wilson, and Oksana Dyka sharing the title role, with Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana as Amneris and Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti singing Radamès. Marco Armiliato and Plácido Domingo share conducting duties.

Previous 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)

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.

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