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Veritable Michael tells the true story of Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper — two Victorian poets who lived, loved and wrote under the pseudonym, Michael Field. This podcast opera combines the journals, poetry and letters of Katherine and Edith with an original score by Tom Floyd, exploring the fantastical, witty and queer world of Michael Field.

Who was Michael Field?


In May 1884, London awoke to the news of an exciting new playwright and poet bursting onto the scene to rave reviews. Michael Field not only won the praise of the papers, but also piqued the interest of literary giants Robert Browning and Oscar Wilde. But Michael was hiding a secret: he wasn’t a man, he wasn’t a woman — Michael Field was in fact two women, deeply in love, writing as one.

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Support Veritable Michael  

Shadow Opera needs your help to tell Michael’s story and has launched a fundraising campaign.

At least 80% of funds raised will go directly to the singers, instrumentalists and creatives making Veritable Michael— the more funds raised, the more work we will create for these freelancers. The arts currently face huge uncertainty and any support you can give, financial or otherwise, is greatly appreciated!


What's a podcast opera?

2020 saw unprecedented changes in the opera world and whilst the curtain sadly came down on most live performances, a variety of digital opera projects sprang to life. Our podcast opera focuses on what opera can be when the visual element is removed. Combining radio-play-like opera scenes, sound design and a broad range of guest interviews, this part drama, part documentary podcast immerses listeners in a rich and engaging sound world. 

Our opera scenes bring to life the journals and works of Michael Field, telling his story in Katherine's and Edith's words. 

Creative Team


Composer & Creative producer  Tom Floyd

Mezzo soprano & Creative producer  Sophie Goldrick

Soprano  Lizzie Holmes 

Pianist & Designer  James Long