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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.

Antony Walker conducts "La Straniera"

Artistic Director Antony Walker discusses Washington Concert Opera's production of Bellini's "La Straniera" on Nov. 19, 2017.

Lara St. John

Violinist Lara St. John is the artistic advisor for the 2017-2018 season of chamber music at The Barns at Wolf Trap.  She discusses the season's theme--classical music inspired by folk music-- and her October 20th concert at The Barns.

Richard Giarusso

Richard Giarusso and Washington Bach Consort

Richard Giarusso is one of five candidates to be the new Artistic Director of Washington Bach Consort.  He speaks with Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton about leading WBC's season-opening concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  The concert, which features three Bach cantatas and an orchestral suite, takes place at National Prestyberian Church in Washington DC on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3 pm.

Lidiya Yankovskaya

Wolf Trap Opera conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya discusses the double-bill presentation of John Musto's Bastianello and The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and Robert Moran.

Emil de Cou

Emil de Cou with NSO at Wolf Trap

NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor Emil de Cou speaks with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton about three NSO performances in the Filene Center:  Carmina Burana on July 28, 2017 and two films with live orchestral accompaniment--La La Land on August 4th and Jurassic Park on August 5th.

Alexandra Loutsion

Soprano Alexandra Loutsion discusses her starring role in Wolf Trap Opera's production of Puccini's Tosca.

Antony Walker conducts Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone

Antony Walker conducts Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone (The Touchstone) at The Barns at Wolf Trap June 23 through July 1st as part of Wolf Trap Opera's expanded summer season.

Kim Pensinger Witman, Wolf Trap Opera

Wolf Trap Opera director Kim Pensinger Witman discusses the summer opera season with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix.

Todd Fickley

Todd Fickley conducts Messiah

Washington Bach's Consort's final concert of the season is a masterpiece by Bach's famous contemporary.

Julie Kent--Washington Ballet

Renowned ballerina Julie Kent, who retired from the American Ballet Theatre after 29 years with the company, is now the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet.  In this Classical Conversation, she previews two upcoming performances, and discusses the hopes and challenges of her new job.