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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

Madama Butterfly

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Conductor:

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

Aida

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Conductor:

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.

La Gioconda

San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

Composer:

AMILCARE PONCHIELLI

Conductor:

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. 

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