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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

Elektra

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

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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

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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

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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)