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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.

Emil de Cou

NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor Emil de Cou

Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton sat down with NSO at Wolf Trap Festival conductor Emil de Cou to create a music-filled survey of what's on tap for the 2016 summer season of the NSO at Wolf Trap.

Craig Kier

Craig Kier on Britten at Wolf Trap

Craig Kier conducts Benjamin Britten's Rape of Lucretia at Wolf Trap.

Nathalie Stutzmann

Contralto Nathalie Stutzmann discusses her upcoming performance of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach.  She also talks about her conducting career.

Nathalie Stutzmann

Contralto Nathalie Stutzmann discusses her upcoming performance of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach.  She also talks about her conducting career.

Joseph Horowitz

Joseph Horowitz on Wagner in America

Author Joseph Horowitz documents the extent of Wagner's popularity during America's "Gilded Age" in his book "Wagner Nights," an engaging musical and social history that reveals little-known facts about "Wagnerism" in America.

Peter Wittig

Ambassador Wittig on the Ring

German Ambassador Peter Wittig on Wagner and the Ring Cycle.

Jim Holman

Wagner's Ring for Beginners

Jim Holman takes us on a beginner's trip through Wagner's Ring.

Philippe Auguin

Auguin on the Ring III

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin in his third Classical Conversation on Wagner's cycle of four operas at the Kennedy Center.

Philippe Auguin

Auguin on the Ring II

Washington National Opera's Music Director Philippe Auguin in the second of his three Classical Conversations on Wagner's Ring cycle at the Kennedy Center.

Philippe Auguin

Auguin on the Ring I

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin in the first of three conversations on Wagner and the Ring cycle.