Cora Burggraaf mezzo soprano


The Dutch mezzo soprano Cora Burggraaf graduated with distiction at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She continued her studies in London at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She has been the recipient of many prizes, including the VSCD New Generation Award, the ECHO Rising Star Award, the Elizabeth Everts Prize. Maria Acda, Phyllis Ferwerda, Meinard Kraak, Bert Luppes, John Copley, Margreet Honig en Sasja Hunnego had a major impact on her development as a singer.

Burggraaf’s first role after finishing her studies was Bella in Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage at the Royal Opera House in London, after which she sang roles as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at San Fransisco Opera and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Netherlands Opera.
In 2006 she made the change from soprano roles to mezzosoprano roles, after which she continued to sing Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, next to Rolando Villazon and later Anna Netrebko in the Salzburg Festival and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She also sang Cherubino, Hänsel, Dorabella; and Eva in the world premiere of Eötvös’ Die Tragödie des Teufels at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

She was a guest at several festivals including the BBC Proms, the Operadagen Rotterdam and the Gergiev Festival, and worked with conductors including Seiji Osawa, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Jan Willem de Vriend, Phillippe Herreweghe, Jaap van Zweden, HK Gruber and many others.

She has worked with all the Dutch orchestras, among which the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Besides music, she also has a passion for theater, and in the last few years she has taken steps to explore it further. Together with Mirjam Koen and Gerrit Timmers at OT Theater, she made the solo performance Ophelia, in which she combined a spoken monologue (especially written for her by Dutch writer Bernlef) with songs about Hamlet’s Ophelia. She also played in performances with Theater Artemis directed by Floor Huygen; en with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra she sang Poulenc’s La voix humaine, where a camera followed her every move and projected it onto a big screen. She toured extensively with The Roaring Twenties, a wonderful project with Calefax Reed Quintet where music, theatre and show come together. It also came out on CD. Another recent endeavour was a staged version of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins' which was combined with newly written monologues by eminent Dutch writers. Last season she appeared in 'The Infernal Comedy' - a coproduction between the National Theatre and The Residentie Orchestra, directed by Theu Boermans.

Cora Burggraaf is a noted recitalist and appeared in major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London (The Times awarded The Roaring Twenties and Calefax there with 5 stars), and the Frick Collection in New York. She is very interested in finding new ways of presenting the lied repertoire; she enjoys the experiment and is known for her innovative way of programming.