Founded in Montreal in 2005, Liederwölfe led the movement to perform operas in bars. Recently relocated to Toronto, they are working on their next project, Opera Peep Show, winner of the LEANARTS program in the winter of 2015. Co-founders: Francesca Perez and Lindsay Michael.
Strength in numbers: Indie Opera T.O.
The launch of Indie Opera Toronto includes profiles of each company's history and creative teams, brand new photography by Dahlia Katz, integrated social media for the Indie Opera platforms and each company's own social media outlets, an integrated calendar for all upcoming productions and short films by Darren Bryant.Read More
Liederwölfe stuns in #OperaPeepShow
To say that it was unique would be a broad understatement. Upon arrival, you are greeted at the door and presented a key which gets you into the event, and then you are ushered downstairs where you get to choose, à la carte, which combination of the companies presenting you wished to check out.Read More
Opera for voyeurs: Opera Peep Show
Opera Peep Show begins with a cocktail party in the bar, where the audience can choose different opera scenes from a menu. When they pick a scene, they pay a fee and are given a room key. They then walk into an opera scene happening in one of the museum’s rooms, already in progress. Each scene is presented by a different Toronto-based indie opera company. Opera Peep Show experiments with pay-as-you-go micro-payments for the audience.Read More
Check out: Liederwölfe
I met Liederwölfe Opera Collective co-founders and delightful ladies Francesca Perez and Lindsay Michael at the Banff Opera Colloquium this summer, where they wowed Canada's opera biggies with their proposal for Opera Peep Show. The premise is delicious: a ticket gets you into a hotel bar, where you can hear a few opera samples. From there, listeners can get keys to various rooms in the hotel, each featuring previews and excerpts from various other companies.Read More
The Future of Opera is Indie
What we call ‘indie’ opera is not necessarily any more ‘independent’ than Big Opera – ‘grass-roots opera’ might be a better definition. Whatever you call them, what these organizations do have is a license to artistic freedom and experimentation that big-budget opera has had to renounce in order to maintain an outdated model of funding: subscriptions, high-profile donors, and swanky corporate sponsors.Read More