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Classical Conversations

Intimate conversations with world-renowned musicians, here at the Classical WETA studios.

Classical WETA's on-air hosts interview prominent classical music performers, composers and artists in this series of intimate audio conversations recorded for ClassicalWETA.org.

Joseph Horowitz

Joseph Horowitz on Wagner in America

Author Joseph Horowitz documents the extent of Wagner's popularity during America's "Gilded Age" in his book "Wagner Nights," an engaging musical and social history that reveals little-known facts about "Wagnerism" in America.

Peter Wittig

Ambassador Wittig on the Ring

German Ambassador Peter Wittig on Wagner and the Ring Cycle.

Jim Holman

Wagner's Ring for Beginners

Jim Holman takes us on a beginner's trip through Wagner's Ring.

Philippe Auguin

Auguin on the Ring III

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin in his third Classical Conversation on Wagner's cycle of four operas at the Kennedy Center.

Philippe Auguin

Auguin on the Ring II

Washington National Opera's Music Director Philippe Auguin in the second of his three Classical Conversations on Wagner's Ring cycle at the Kennedy Center.

Philippe Auguin

Auguin on the Ring I

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin in the first of three conversations on Wagner and the Ring cycle.

Conductor Kim Allen Kluge

Maestro Kim Allen Kluge

Kim Allen Kluge talks about his last concert as music director of the Alexandria Symphony.

Susan Robinson

Susan Robinson, Ring orchestra harpist

Ring orchestra principal harpist Susan Robinson on her Wagner experiences.

Francesca Zambello

Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello discusses WNO's first complete Ring Cycle at the Kennedy Center.

Michael Mael

Michael Mael on the Ring

Washington National Opera Executive Director Michael Mael talks about their Ring Cycle at the Kennedy Center.