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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.

Virginia Opera's Adam Turner and Weber's "The Marksman" (Der Freischütz)

Virginia Opera presents Carl Maria von Weber's ultra-romantic and rarely-heard (in this country) opera, The Marksman (Der Freischütz) at George Mason University's Center for the Arts February 4th and 5th.  Maestro Adam Turner discusses the riches of this seminal work which influenced later composers such as Berlioz and Wagner with its colorful orchestration and beautiful singing.  

Kevin Deas

Bass-Baritone Kevin Deas

Kevin Deas sings spirituals and arias in The Trumpet Shall Sound.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts NSO in "Portraits of America" Inauguration Weekend

National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Designate Gianandrea Noseda discusses the JFK inauguration commmemoration concert which he will conduct inauguration weekend at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

Washington National Cathedral Director of Music Michael McCarthy talks with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about the annual performances of Handel's Messiah.

Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano

Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano in WCO's Hérodiade

King Herod's lust for his step-daughter Salomé and her love for the prophet John the Baptist intertwine with Queen Herodias' fear and jealousy in Jules Massenet's dramatic masterpiece Hérodiade, presented by Washington Concert Opera on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Based on Flaubert's take on the biblical story, WCO's production features soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Salomé and tenor Michael Fabiano as John.  Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton caught up with them before rehearsal to talk about the music, the drama, and how the singers' 12-year-friendship enhances their onstage presence.

Photo Credit: Joe Tresh Photography, Inc

Scott Tucker conducts the Berlioz Requiem

Choral Arts performs the Berlioz Requiem, in the first performance in Washington in 15 years.

Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee

Classical WETA’s Nicole Lacroix chats with American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who stars as Tonio in Washington National Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment at the Kennedy Center Opera House, November 12-20, 2016. This “fun and enjoyable show” is famous for its dazzling virtuosity, including the so-called “Everest” of tenor arias, the infamous Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de fête! with its 9 high Cs.

Patrick Dupré Quigley

Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire

Patrick Dupré Quigley directs Seraphic Fire in a Georgetown concert performance of the Requiems of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Quigley spoke with Classical WETA's Bill Bukowski about what the works share, and how they differ.

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner on the Washington Chorus' performance of Philip Glass' Symphony No. 5.

Joseph Horowitz

Joe Horowitz on Silvestre Revueltas and REDES

Post-Classical Ensemble executive director Joseph Horowitz says PCE "is on a mission" to promote the music of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, whose first film score was for the 1935 film REDES.