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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

Antony Walker conducts Leonore

Antony Walker conducts Washington Concert Opera's performance of Leonore on March 5th.

Thomas Colohan

Thomas Colohan & Washington Master Chorale

Thomas Colohan on Washington Master Chorale's Time and Memory concert on March 5th.

Jennifer Higdon

New from Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon on her new piece for Washington Master Chorale, with text by Rumi, premiering March 5th.

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.