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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


San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm




Nicola Luisotti

Radames, a captain of the guard, is in love with Aida, a slave girl. Aida's mistress, the King of Egypt's daughter, Amneris is also in love with Radames. But no one knows that Aida is really an Ethiopian princess and the daughter of Egypt's worst enemy, King Amonasro. Aida must choose between patriotic duty and love for an Egyptian captain who is supposed to be an enemy.

Madama Butterfly

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm




Yves Abel

It begins as passionate love in a fateful meeting of East and West, set in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms. It becomes a heartbreaking tragedy of a young woman who believes, who clings to hope beyond all reason, that the man who abandoned her will return to love her … and their child. There may be no dry eyes as Puccini's music brings the story to its devastating conclusion.

Previous broadcasts

La Gioconda

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:00pm




Bruno Bartoletti

Love, hate, betrayal, revenge, murder and suicide – an act of defiance as much as despair – in the tragic melodramatic tale of the joyful one, La Gioconda. Opera as grand as The Sky and Sea, with Cielo e Mar just one of its many famous melodies. 

The Ghosts of Versailles

LA Opera

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:00pm




James Conlon

Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures of his beloved characters from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. But sneaky Figaro refuses to play by the script, breaking free from the opera-within-the-opera in a surprise bid for a better life.

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