Washington's own Opera Lafayette makes its Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater debut Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 with Felicien David's 19th Century "orientalist" opera, Lalla Roukh. This multicultural collaboration features the Kalanidhi Dance company directed by Anuradha Nehru and costumes by Indian fashion designer Poonam Bhagat. The cast includes Marianne Fiset in the title role, Emiliano Gonzales Toro as Noureddin, Nathalie Paulin, Bernard Deletre, David Newman and Andrew Adelsberger, with the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus. Nicole Lacroix spoke to Opera Lafayette's conductor and artistic director, Ryan Brown about this little known gem of an opera and its superbly romantic music.
Season 2 of The Paradise continues the story of life, love and intrigue in a glamorous Victorian-era department store.See all broadcast times →
Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital. D.C.'s beer heritage dates back to 1770 and claims some very innovative brewers. However, the local beer market changed tremendously after Prohibition and the city was left without a hometown brew for decades before a recent resurgence.
WETA Channel 26 hit the Washington airwaves on October 2, 1961, when station manager George Baker introduced viewers to WETA's inaugural broadcast, The New Era.Watch first broadcast →