Naomi Lewin


Naomi Lewin is the weekend host on WQXR, and host of the weekly podcast Conducting Business. Before arriving at WQXR, Lewin was the midday host at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station. In Cincinnati, she began writing and hosting the award-winning, weekly program Classics for Kids, which now airs on radio stations across the country. Lewin has produced feature stories and full-length music programs for national broadcast, as well as intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. She has also served as an essayist for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Given her previous lifetime as a singer and actress, Lewin continues to appear onstage. As a narrator, she has performed Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, King David, William Walton's Façade, Eric McIntyre’s A Visit from the White Rabbit and Four Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis. She has given talks on operas from Aida to Zauberflöte, and has also written and performed her own opera introduction for children.

Lewin was born in Princeton, New Jersey.


Naomi Lewin appears in the following:

Is the 'Star-Spangled Banner' Out of Place at Orchestra Concerts?

Friday, September 25, 2015

The "Star-Spangled Banner" that kicks off opening nights across the U.S. is often believed to represent a great patriotic tradition. But some say it's out of place and out of mood.

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Why Russia Wants to Take Rachmaninoff From Westchester

Thursday, September 10, 2015

An international dispute arose recently when a Russian minister announced his country's intention to reclaim Rachmaninoff's remains from a cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

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Why Do Contemporary Operas Rarely Get Revivals?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

According to a recent study, of the 589 operas that were premiered over the last 20 years, only 11 percent received subsequent revivals. Here's why.

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Contemporary Opera: Pleasing Both Connoisseurs and the Masses?

Monday, August 31, 2015

If American opera audiences balk at a complex, modern work, how do we account for the warm reception Written on Skin received, and the cooler one for Cold Mountain?

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As Newspapers Cut Music Critics, a Dark Time for the Arts or Dawn of a New Age?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Classical music fans can look back on to a time when every major newspaper, and many smaller publications as well, had a classical music critic. This world is being quickly left behind.

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Disbelief Suspended? Met Opera Abandons 'Blackface' Makeup in 'Otello'

Friday, August 07, 2015

At a time when symbols of racism are being banished, blackface makeup at the opera is disappearing too. But how should companies portray Otello?

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Music Festivals Increasingly Promote Their Value to Tourism and Economy

Friday, July 31, 2015

"Art for art's sake?" Not any more.

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As Soloists Aim For Glamour, Is Classical Music Going the Way of Pop?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

On this week's podcast, we asked three classical music insiders if attractiveness plays a part in a soloist's career and, are older women getting pushed off the stage?

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Can Apple Music Find Harmony with Classical Music Fans?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The launch of the streaming service Apple Music has both raised hopes and reinforced some of the persistent complaints about Apple when it comes to classical music.

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After Ronald Wilford, Classical Music's Super-Agent, Who Calls the Shots?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

This week's episode looks at the legacy of Ronald Wilford and the future of artist management with two present-day managers.

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How Music School Grads Can Beat a Tough Job Market

Friday, June 12, 2015

In this week's Conducting Business, we explore career prospects for the class of 2015 with two recent conservatory graduates and a researcher.

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Reynold Levy Delivers Frank Assessment of Lincoln Center and Its Leaders

Monday, May 18, 2015

Former Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy is blunt about some of New York's most powerful arts leaders in a new book. He tells us why.

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Tchaikovsky: Does His Sex Life Matter to His Music?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

It's hard to talk about Tchaikovsky, who was born 175 years ago last Thursday, without getting into, well, sex.

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Tubas for Girls, Harps for Boys: Shaking Gender Roles Among Instrumentalists

Friday, May 01, 2015

Young musicians are still conforming to traditional gender stereotypes in their choice of instrument, according to a number of studies.

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Michael Kaiser To Ailing Arts Groups: 'Don't Play It Safe'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"If everyone does Beethoven's Ninth or everyone does "Swan Lake," a) we get very dull, and b) there are many versions of Beethoven's Ninth that you can get online."

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Do Broadway Musicals Have a Place on the Opera Stage?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones says that nothing lights up his e-mail inbox like an opera company staging a Broadway musical using full amplification.

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Valentina Lisitsa Episode: Lessons in Damage Control

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Orchestras and arts organizations find themselves walking a fine line with protecting their brand when they hire an artist with controversial views.

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Toronto Symphony President Defends Decision to Drop Controversial Pianist

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Toronto Symphony president Jeff Melanson tells WQXR's Conducting Business that Valentina Lisitsa's politics had nothing to do with the orchestra's decision to drop her.

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Forget the iPod. Was the Sony Walkman the Real Game-Changer?

Friday, April 03, 2015

If you're a music fan of a certain age you’ll remember your first Walkman: likely a cassette player with a belt clip and possibly a built-in radio.

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Remembering My Dad, Composer Frank Lewin, on His 90th Birthday

Friday, March 27, 2015

Frank Lewin composed orchestral works, opera and over 150 scores for film and television. His daughter, Naomi Lewin, remembers his greatest work.

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