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 Indigenous 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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COMING UP ON KEY CHANGE

EPISODE 1: WELCOME TO THE OPERA HOUSE
Episode 1: Welcome to the Opera House
Release date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Episode 1 explores what it’s like to attend an opera with our hosts speaking to special guests from both inside and outside the opera world about their first experiences with the art form. Who knew that opera fans and Slayer fans had so much in common?!

Special guests:
Angel Blue, American soprano
Shary Boyle, Canadian visual artist
Johannes Debus, COC Music Director
Midori Marsh, Ensemble Studio soprano
UPCOMING EPISODES
Episode 2
Release date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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 Indigenous 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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