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Key Change
is the COC’s original podcast, co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran, a member of the COC’s Circle of Artists, alongside stage director, dramaturg and COC Academy graduate Julie McIsaac. Our episodes explore the operagoing experience from a variety of perspectives, offering a fresh take on today's opera issues with special guests from the opera field and beyond.

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.

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Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today. Since his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, Pisaroni has continued to bring his compelling artistry to the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Opera, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden.


Teatro Colón: No Tenors Allowed

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

Excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Deutsche Grammaphon, 2016.

  • Overture
  • “Non più andrai,” “Aprite un po’ quegli occhi,” “Tutto è tranquillo,” with Luca Pisaroni
  • “Sono confuso” with Ensemble
  • “Sull’aria” with Sonya Yoncheva and Christiane Karg

“Cheti, cheti, immantinente” from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Sesto Bruscantini and Leo Nucci. Riccardo Muti, conductor, with the Philharmonia Orchestra. EMI Classics, 1984.

"Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst, Jochanaan" from R. Strauss’ Salome. Jessye Norman. Seiji Ozawa, conductor, with the Staatskapelle Dresden. Philips Classics, 1990.



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.


Canadian stage director Julie McIsaac was named the COC’s first Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence in 2019 and is now Lead Curator of Opera Everywhere, the company's reimagined 20/21 season. A versatile opera and theatre artist, her projects work towards reshaping and revitalizing the stories told on stage. During her residency with the COC, she served as Assistant Director on Joel Ivany's production of Hansel and Gretel (COC) and she is the Dramaturg and Director of the upcoming COC commission Fantasma, composed by COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson with libretto by Colleen Murphy. Julie 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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