Key Change is the COC’s new podcast, offering a fresh take on today's opera issues. Co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran, a member of the COC’s Circle of Artists, alongside COC Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence Julie McIsaac, the first season of bi-weekly episodes explores the operagoing experience from a variety of perspectives, with special guests from the opera field and beyond.
Episode 23: Kye Marshall, Amanda Hale & Pomegranate
Ahead of its world premiere at the COC in June, 2023, this week’s episode explores Pomegranate with composer Kye Marshall and librettist Amanda Hale! Together, the duo discuss the creative process behind the work, its central time-traveling love story, and its goals for queer representation in opera.
Episode 22: Roland Wood & Puccini's Tosca
What’s the best part about playing the bad guy? This week on Key Change, English baritone Roland Wood joins us to explore a thrilling classic from the master of emotional storytelling, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. Looking ahead to his upcoming role as Scarpia in this season’s production, Roland shares his no-nonsense approach to playing this infamous character.
Episode 21: Speranza Scappucci & Verdi's Macbeth
Explore this season’s brand-new production of Verdi’s Macbeth alongside the show’s internationally renowned conductor, Speranza Scappucci. Last heard by COC audiences in our acclaimed 2020 production of The Barber of Seville, Scappucci shares her perspective on key moments in the score, and brings both expertise and excitement to discussing the roles of the conductor and orchestra.
Episode 20: Ambur Braid & Strauss' Salome
Canadian soprano Ambur Braid provides fascinating insights into her upcoming title role in this winter’s Salome—exploring the past, present, and future of one of opera’s most complex leads. Join Braid in conversation with co-hosts Robyn Grant-Moran and Julie McIsaac.
Episode 19: Luca Pisaroni & Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
This week on Key Change, Robyn and Julie meet our very own Figaro! Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, star of this winter’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, joins the show to explore the timeless human connection at the core of Mozart’s greatest comedy.
Episode 18: J'Nai Bridges & Bizet's Carmen
Co-hosts Robyn Grant-Moran and Julie McIsaac speak with Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, one of two dazzling opera artists singing the iconic title role in Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Bringing her acclaimed experience in the role to the COC stage this fall, Bridges explores her unique relationship to the heroine amidst Carmen’s historically complicated characterization.
What an interesting and captivating exploration. I can’t wait for the next episode!
This exceeded my expectations and it’s the first one. I can’t wait to hear more!
I love it!
I’ve been looking forward to this. The conversations were very engaging and I appreciated hearing the personal stories shared by the guests.