The company

Liederwölfe brings opera to new audiences by taking it out of the concert halls and bringing it to intelligent and curious music-lovers on their own terms. 

Recent winner of the #LeanArts pilot program, Liederwölfe began as an experimental opera collective in Montreal, focused on improving audience experience to engage new audiences. We were the first group to produce an opera in a bar. We were interviewed on CBC's Q and featured in international press for this groundbreaking work. The opera was performed at Sala Rosa with full orchestra to a sold-out crowd. Now watching opera in bar is a common event here in Toronto and around the world. 

We also pushed boundaries to reach new audiences by collaborating with well-known indie-rock musicians. We presented a brand-new opera based on the web comic Dinosaur Comics at the Pop Montreal festival. We have also performed at NXNE and the Francofolies, where we performed with the well-known Francophone band Malajube and the metal band Voivod.



Lindsay Michael is an award-winning radio and opera producer. She holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University and is the founding artistic director of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective. During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, she was an organizer of a major choral project presented in over 200 towns across Canada. Lindsay was the artistic director and co-founder of Cobblestone Productions and the founder of Opera PEI. 

In radio, she currently works as a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work has been awarded a gold medal at the New York Festivals, an RTNDA award and a CBC President’s award. Lindsay has also received grants and awards for her work in opera production.


Francesca currently holds the title of Community Investment Manager at the Toronto Arts Foundation. Prior to this, Francesca was a member of the Corporate Partnerships team at the Luminato Festival. Francesca arrived in Toronto in 2012 after completing an M.A. in Performing Arts Administration at New York University, during which time she gained valuable experience as an intern at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and PS 122. A lifelong contributor to the arts, Francesca is also Project Manager for the Liederwölfe Opera Collective, an experimental opera group founded in her hometown of Montreal.