Digital Audio Series
Premiering October 27, 2020



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.

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EPISODE 1


In our first episode, co-hosts Robyn Grant-Moran and Julie McIsaac chat with four special guests from both inside and outside the opera world about their first experiences with the art form - the good, the bad and the ugly. You'll hear from acclaimed soprano Angel Blue, who saw her first opera at the age of four; Canadian visual artist Shary Boyle, who draws some amazing comparisons between opera and thrash metal bands; the COC's own Music Director, Johannes Debus; and soprano Midori Marsh, a new member of the COC’s Ensemble Studio training program for Canada’s rising opera stars.

EPISODE 1 SHOW NOTES
Watch HiHo Kids: "Kids Meet an Opera Singer" with soprano Angel Blue.

Learn more about Shary Boyle's work including information about her upcoming solo show, Outside the palace of Me.

Featured Music:
Key Change theme: R. Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier; Herbert von Karajan, conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Warner Classics, 1956

Puccini's Turandot; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor with the Orchestra del Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma; Warner Classics, 1965

Puccini's Turandot; "In questa reggia;" Tamara Wilson, soprano; Carlo Rizzi, conductor with the COC Orchestra; COC, 2019

Verdi's Aida; "O patria mia;" Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano; Constantine Orbelian, conductor with the Philharmonia of Russia; DELOS, 2010


COMING UP ON KEY CHANGE

EPISODE 2: HOW WE HEAR OPERA
Episode 2: How We Hear Opera
Release date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020


Special Guests: 
Hannah Chan-Hartley, musicologist
Bob Essert, acoustician
UPCOMING EPISODES
Episode 3
Release date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Episode 4
Release date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Episode 5
Release date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020





MEET OUR CO-HOSTS




ROBYN GRANT-MORAN

Robyn Grant-Moran (Métis) is a classical singer, writer, and a jack of many trades who, in 2018 met the requirements to call herself a Bachelor of the Fine Arts at York University. That same year, Robyn participated in the Performance Criticism Training Program with Generator Toronto where she learned that theatre criticism can be used to push for more inclusive spaces and champion voices less heard and often misunderstood; so of course she fell in love. Since then, she’s been published in Alt.Theatre and Intermission Magazine, won the Nathan Cohen Award for Outstanding Emerging Critic, and joined the Canadian Opera Company’s Circle of Artists, to name a few. Robyn currently resides in Tkaronto (Toronto), weathering the pandemic with her wee rat dog in a box in the sky.




JULIE McISAAC

Canadian stage director Julie McIsaac is the COC’s first Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence. The year-long residency is the newest addition to the COC Academy, the company’s professional development program for young opera artists, creators, and administrators. Julie is a stage director, dramaturg, playwright/librettist, and multi-instrumentalist, whose projects work towards reshaping and revitalizing the stories told on stage. During her residency with the COC, she served as Assistant Director on Ivany's production of Hansel and Gretel (COC) and will stage the COC commission Fantasma, composed by COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson with libretto by Colleen Murphy. She earned her Master’s degree in Theatre from the University of York (UK) and is also a graduate of Carleton University (Music) and the Canadian College of Performing Arts (Theatre Performance and Playwriting).

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