• La voix humaine with Phyllis Ferwerda •
• The Roaring Twenties with Calefax Reed Quintet •
• Nacht und Träume with Ruysdael Quartet •
• Ik zing voor jou / I'll sing for you •
• La Garçonne •



La voix humaine with Phyllis Ferwerda

The wonderful production of Poulenc's La voix humaine by Mirjam Koen and Gerrit Timmers, originally made together with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, is going on tour through The Netherlands. This time in a more intimate version, with Phyllis Ferwerda on piano, and a theatrical introduction played by actor Michäel Bloos. He creates a beautiful image of the life and work of Jean Cocteau.

Het Parool:
'Burggraaf's sound hits the mark perfectly while she sings about the endless desperation of 'Elle'. This is how it feels to have pangs of love that are so intense that they obliterate everything else.'

17-19 May 2014 Operadagen Rotterdam
25 Sep 2014 Toneelschuur, Haarlem
17 Oct 2014 Schouwburg, Arnhem
16 March 2015 Junushoff, Wageningen
18 March 2015 De Oosterpoort, Groningen
21 March 2015 Tivoli, Utrecht



The Roaring Twenties with Calefax Reed Quintet

It all started with Kurt Weill and my fascination with the Roaring Twenties. The outcome was a successful tour last season in The Netherlands and the UK, kicking off at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and starting this season with a wonderful concert at the Wigmore Hall (The Times: *****).

The CD is out NOW!

More tourdates:
22 Sep 2014 Wigmore Hall, London
9 Nov 2014 Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag
21 Feb 2015 Lindenbergh, Nijmegen
17 April 2015 De Bazel, Arnhem
7 June 2015 De Stoep, Spijkenisse
6 July 2015 Concertgebouw, Robeco, Amsterdam
2 Feb 2016 Filharmonia, Warsaw



Nacht und Träume with the Ruysdael Quartet

Next season will bring a beautiful programme with the Ruysdael Quartet, around Respighi's Il Tramonto. Also on the programme: song from Berlioz' Les nuits d'été, Haydn Sonnenaufgang Kwartett, songs by Weill and Wagner, and Dutilleux' Ainsi la nuit.



Ik zing voor jou / I'll sing for you

Next season pianist Phyllis Ferwerda and I want to invite you to participate in an experiment. On the stage will be a grand piano and a table with two chairs. The idea is very simple: I would like to sing for one person in particular. This is because singing is of course communicating, and it's such a wonderful experience when someone sings for you personally.
So I would like to invite people from the audience -one at a time- to join me at the table on stage, while the rest of the audience stays seated in the hall. I don't know yet what will happen exactly, as we have never done it before, and because it will depend on who will join us on the stage. It is likely that the meaning of a song will become more direct and real -like a story that is told at the kitchen table over a cuppa- and that it will be even more intense because the audience will witness this. It'll be exciting, that's for sure! A recital up close and personal.



La Garçonne

In the last few years I've pretended to a be a boy many times...mainly on the operatic stage, but with my short hair and boyish looks, I'm quite a tomboy in real life too. And now on the concert platform as well! Don't expect me in a gown for this one, but do await a selection from Finzi Let us garlands bring and Schuberts Winterreise, Brahms 4 Ernste Gesänge, Fauré Poeme d'un jour, the best trouserrole-arias and songs by Jacques Brel!