Two things you should know about internationally famous bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, appearing next week in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Maometto II in Toronto. When he was 11, he heard his first opera. It was Aida. He knew then and there he wanted to be an opera singer. And, until he was in his late 20s, he was afraid of dogs.
The latter is significant because today, Pisaroni is almost as well known for his dogs as for his talent. Tristan, a dachshund, and Lenny, a golden retriever, travel everywhere with him and his wife, Catherine. They have their own Facebook page (3,100 likes); they regularly show up on Catherine’s Instagram account. Last year, a woman stopped them on the streets of New York. “Oh my God,” she squealed, Luca recalls, imitating her delight, “Lenny and Tristan! Lenny and Tristan!” Pisaroni’s not sure if she knew who he was.