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Philippe Auguin

Philippe Auguin is the new music director of Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.  An accomplished symphonic conductor and opera conductor with sixty-five operas in his repertoire, Auguin made an explosive debut with Washington National Opera in November, 2009, when he stepped in for an ailing Heinz Fricke to lead concert performances of Wagner's Götterdämmerung.  Last October, he conducted Strauss' Salome, and he returns to the Opera House for Madama Butterfly, sharing the podium with WNO General Director Placido Domingo.  Maestro Auguin talks with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton about what it's like to stand before a new orchestra, and about why wearing the right cuff links on the podium is so important.