Merrin Lazyan

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.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'

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."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Puccini's Most-Loved Opera

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."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about the Opera that got Verdi back in the game

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.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri'

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."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'

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.

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Listen: Music and the Kennedys

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.

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Gold Steinway

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.

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Music in Lincoln’s White House

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.

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The Most Musical Presidents

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.

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When Gershwin and Schoenberg Played Tennis Together

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.

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Listen: Honoring Seiji Ozawa on His 81st Birthday

Thursday, September 01, 2016

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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.

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Listen: Neil Sedaka's Musical Career Comes Full Circle

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WQXR
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. 

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Meryl Streep Explains Our Fascination with Florence Foster Jenkins

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WQXR
The stars of the movie 'Florence Foster Jenkins' talked to Elliott Forrest about this infamous tone-deaf opera singer. 

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9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Friday, August 05, 2016

WQXR
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.
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What We Learned from the First New York Opera Fest

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WQXR
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.
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Listen: Music Jumps from the Console to the Concert Hall

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WQXR
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. 

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7 Works of Music to Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year

Monday, June 20, 2016

WQXR
In honor of the summer solstice, here are seven superlatively lengthy pieces of music that, when listened to in full, will take up a significant portion of the day. 
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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches Offering Advice to Future Musicians

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

WQXR
A half dozen performers, including Jessye Norman and Claire Chase, share words of wisdom to this year's conservatory graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers.
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A Second 'Otello'? The Other Operas Inspired by Shakespeare

Friday, April 22, 2016

WQXR
Certainly you've heard of Verdi's 'Otello' and Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', but check out these lesser-known operas based on the same source material. 
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