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Soprano Renee Fleming leads this WNO production of 'Lucrezia Borgia.'

Read History With A Toxic Twist: 'Lucrezia Borgia' WDAV

November 4, 2011 – Renee Fleming leads the cast as opera's most poisonous mother. WDAV


Watch The Bloodiest Opera Ever? Maybe Strauss' 'Elektra' WDAV

October 28, 2011 – A gruesome tale of one very dysfunctional family, courtesy of Richard Strauss. WDAV


Carlos Alvarez and Lyubov Petrova in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Washington National Opera.

Listen An All-Consuming Parental Love: Verdi's 'Rigoletto' WDAV

October 21, 2011 – The tragedies of Verdi's own life spurred some of his most extraordinary work. WDAV


Catherine Malfitano as Beatrice and Kim Josephson as Eddie in William Bolcom's 'A View From The Bridge.'

Listen A View From The Bridge: Great Sorrows In Little Souls, American-Style WDAV

October 14, 2011 – Brooklyn verismo: the trials of Italian immigrants — some of them illegal — in 1950s Red Hook. WDAV


Listen Storms And Salvation: 'The Flying Dutchman' WDAV

October 7, 2011 – Wagner's lonely wanderer anticipates a generation of Westerns — in a vivid and compelling story. WDAV


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Oct. 22: Verdi: Rigoletto (Washington National Opera)

Oct. 29: Strauss: Elektra (Washington National Opera)

Nov. 5: Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (Washington National Opera)