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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.

Lois Narvey

Levine Presents "Stories of Transformation and Evolution"

James Jacobs talks with three Levine School of Music faculty members - Lois Narvey, Jeremy Castillo, and Vasily Popov - about the upcoming season of Levine Presents.

Nicholas McGegan

Nicolas McGegan conducts Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire

James Jacobs talks with Nicolas McGegan about his recording of Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, which will be aired on Classical WETA Opera House, Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 pm, hosted by Linda Carducci.

Nicholas McGegan

Nicolas McGegan conducts Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire

James Jacobs talks with Nicolas McGegan about his recording of Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, which will be aired on Classical WETA Opera House, Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 pm, hosted by Linda Carducci.

Ryan Brown

Opera Lafayette presents Stradella's La Susanna

Washington's Opera Lafayette and New York's Heartbeat Opera colllaborate on a staging of Alessandro Stradella's oratorio La Susanna, playing at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater April 21 and 22. WETA's James Jacobs speaks with stage director Ethan Heard and music director Ryan Brown about this groundbreaking production. 

Lawrence Brownlee

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, known for his bel canto artistry, talks about his upcoming recital with Vocal Arts DC, performing Schumann's Dichterliebe song cycle and the Washington premiere of Cycles of My Being by Tyshawn Sorey.

Antony Walker

Antony Walker Conducts Washington Concert Opera in Rossini's Zelmira

WETA Evening Host James Jacobs talks to Antony Walker about Rossini's Zelmira, which will be presented by Washington Concert Opera on April 5 at Lisner Auditorium with Silvia Tro Santafé and Lawrence Brownlee.

Robert Trevino

Robert Trevino Conducts Washington National Opera in Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin

WETA's James Jacobs talks to 35-year-old American-born conductor Robert Trevino about his astonishing career, his inspiring personal journey, and conducting the WNO production of Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin

Erin Wall

Canadian soprano Erin Wall stars in the Washington National Opera production of Gounod's Faust, March 16-30 at the Kennedy Center.

Amit Peled

Amit Peled, Saint-Saëns and the Pablo Casals Goffriller cello

Classical WETA evening host James Jacobs speaks with cellist Amit Peled about his upcoming performance of Saint-Saëns' cello concerto with The Apollo Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, as well as his recent recording of J.S. Bach's Cello Suites nos. 1-3 on the same instrument Pablo Casals used for his iconic recording of these same works.

Pianist Jonathan Biss discusses Leon Fleisher

Pianist Jonathan Biss,  discusses his participation in the recital "Leon Fleisher and Friends: A 90th Birthday Celebration", a presentation of Washington Performing Arts, at Kennedy Center on February 9, 2019, and Mr. Fleisher's influence on generations of pianists.