Merrin Lazyan produces weekly shows and features for WQXR, including Reflections from the Keyboard, the Young Artists Showcase, and the Classical Report (which recently featured her Music in the White House series). She is also the co-host and co-producer of WQXR’s new opera podcast, He Sang/She Sang.
Before joining WQXR, Merrin worked in arts administration at Juilliard and in book publicity at Random House. She studied psychology at Harvard and classical voice performance at the Royal College of Music in London, where she spent five years working as an operatic soprano as well as a freelance writer and editor. She won the British Psychological Society Book Award for her contributions to The Psychology Book.
Merrin Lazyan appears in the following:
Monday, March 20, 2017
Marin Alsop was once told “girls don't conduct.” Now, she’s the director of orchestras in Baltimore and São Paolo and has no plans to slow down.
Friday, March 17, 2017
LoftOpera music director Sean Kelly and stage director John de los Santos joined us in the studio to answer the question of why this opera hasn’t been staged in New York in 40 years.
Monday, March 13, 2017
In the music of composer and conductor Victoria Bond, listeners can detect themes of empowerment, active resistance and challenges to established norms.
Monday, March 06, 2017
A look at the challenges and triumphs that shaped the Finnish composer’s sound. Plus, an interview with Saariaho about her opera “L’amour de Loin.”
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, soprano Ailyn Pérez and bass Edward Hanlon discuss one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire, Puccini's "La Bohème."
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
"Nabucco" is the opera that got Verdi back in the game, but its premiere almost didn't happen. Hear the story and more on this week's podcast.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, author Fred Plotkin, soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb discuss Rossini's masterpiece "L'Italiana in Algeri."
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang podcast, hear how a story about a child-eating witch became a Christmas classic.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
While neither a musician nor a music-lover, President Kennedy's commitment to music and the arts was evident from the moment he took office.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
A wealth of beautiful music in the White House during the dawn of the 20th century all began with a 1903 gold Steinway, which remained in the East Room for 35 years.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Though he couldn’t sing or play any instruments himself, he surrounded himself with music during the turbulent 1860s, seeking solace from the turmoil of the Civil War.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
We kick off a five-part series on Music in the White House with the most musically talented presidents of the 19th and 20th centuries: Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
The U.S. Open tennis tournament wraps up this weekend in Queens and that has us thinking about the story of two famous composers who struck up a surprising friendship on the court.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Ozawa, the longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra music director, was once described as 'calligraphy in motion.' We speak to the BSO's Larry Wolfe on the occasion of Ozawa's 81st birthday.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Best known for his pop hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Neil Sedaka started his musical career as a concert pianist. These days he's returned to the concert hall.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The stars of the movie 'Florence Foster Jenkins' talked to Elliott Forrest about this infamous tone-deaf opera singer.
Friday, August 05, 2016
From pieces written exclusively for the games to others that have become identified with them, here are nine works whose history is tied to the Olympics.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
From the Bronx to basketball courts in Brooklyn, the inaugural New York Opera Fest presented more than 25 productions, providing a survey of the state of opera in the city.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Composer Austin Wintory, who wrote the Grammy-nominated score to the game Journey, is one of a new generation of artists finding success and creative freedom in video games.