Merrin Lazyan is the producer of Aria Code, a new podcast in partnership with WNYC Studios and the Metropolitan Opera. Aria Code pulls back the curtain on some of the greatest arias in opera history, with insight from the biggest voices of our time, including Plácido Domingo, Diana Damrau, Sondra Radvanovsky, and many others. The show also includes a wealth of other guests—from artists like Rufus Wainwright and Ruben Santiago-Hudson to biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and Dr. Brooke Magnanti, author of The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl. It is hosted by Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Rhiannon Giddens.
Previously, Merrin co-hosted and produced He Sang/She Sang, a podcast that has now turned into a series of Facebook Live conversations with opera stars. She has produced weekly shows and features for WQXR, including Reflections from the Keyboard, the Young Artists Showcase, and the Classical Report, which featured her Music in the White House series.
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.