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.


Merrin Lazyan appears in the following:

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik: Schubert in a Life

Monday, June 19, 2017

At 9 pm on Monday, June 19, The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik takes us on a personal journey through Schubert’s songs and orchestral music.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča knows all about letting go, because after singing the role of Octavian for 17 years, she is giving her final performance as the passionate count this week.

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Top Choral Directors Share Their Favorite Easter Music

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We asked the world's top choral directors to share their favorite pieces of easter music. Here are 13 of the best pieces they picked.
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Breaking the Mold: The Life and Music of Missy Mazzoli

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Independence" is a theme that permeates much of composer Missy Mazzoli's music, as well as her work to close the gender gap in composition.
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Marin Alsop: Raising the Bar

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.
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Listen: LoftOpera Directors Discuss Their Fresh Take on Rossini's 'Otello'

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.
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A Thousand More Will Rise: Victoria Bond Finds Inspiration in Women Past and Present

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.
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Kaija Saariaho: Behind the Scenes With the Trailblazing Composer

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.”
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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.


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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The U.S. Marine Band, America's Oldest Music Group

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The U.S. Marine Band was founded by an act of Congress – signed by then-President John Adams – in 1798, two years before Washington, D.C. became the nation’s capital.

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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.


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

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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