Described as “An asset to the cabaret community” by Kate Ceberano, Burger’s experience and following bears testimony to just that.
As a full time performer with State Opera of South Australia and touring this year as the lead actress in Patch Theatre Company’s national tour of Cranky Bear, her most recent credits include playing Lucy Westenra for The Adelaide Festival Centre’s industry presentation of Dracula.
In addition to winning the 2015 International Cabaret Contest, in 2002 she won the Adelaide Cabaret Festival scholarship and went on to star in her own show as well as performing with one of Broadway’s most sophisticated songwriters, Jason Robert Brown, in the 2003 Cabaret Festival, before leaving to study and perform in Europe.
She was a founding member of Adelaide’s Weimar Room and wrote and starred in four, one woman sell-out cabaret shows from 2003 through to 2010. She also performed in four sell-out seasons of The Musical of Musicals, The Musical at the Adelaide Fringe from 2010 to 2013.
Exposing Edith, a show about the life and songs of Edith Piaf co-written and starring Michaela, has appeared in Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Auckland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and in conjunction with the Archibald Prize 2015 for the Art Gallery of Ballarat/Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat as well as partaking in two Country Arts SA tours.
At this year’s Fringe, she premiered her new show, Chanteuse Rosé, The Diminutive Diva and went on to tour the show with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Road Show.
In the UK, she worked closely with Paul L Martin, Excess All Areas and hosted and performed in many well-known cabaret venues including Too2much in Soho and Cabaret Confidential in Covent Garden. She was also a regular performer at Café Paris at the Landor Theatre and La Boheme in Covent Garden.
Other performing credits include Requiem (State Opera of South Australia), Otello (State Opera of South Australia), Passion (State Opera Studios), Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life (Popjam Productions, Amity Dry), Agnes of God (Bluefruit Theatre), Marriage of Figaro (Co-opera), Tosca (Co-opera).
In 2016 Michaela will perform with State Theatre and Windmill Theatre Company’s production of Rupelstiltskin in addition to touring extensively nationally and internationally with Exposing Edith.
At 4 foot 11 inches audiences are never quite prepared for the powerful voice that comes from Burger’s tiny frame. Her range is impressive and the quality, expression and emotion in her voice and songs are an experience not to be missed.
Growing up with the backdrop of the vast Australian desert of Coober Pedy Burger knew, from an early age, that music was her life.
Writing her first song at age 12 her music has been likened to Kate Miller-Heidke, Tori Amos, Missy Higgins, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.
While performing Burger plays: cello, piano, ukulele or guitar as a solo artist or with any combination of her band; double bass, violin, percussion and keyboard.
Private Singing Tuition
With a Masters in Musical Theatre, Mountview Academy of Performing Arts Londonand a Bachelor of Music classical voice, Adelaide Conservartorium of Music, Michaela Burger is a full time professional singer, performer, actress and voice coach.
Having over 20 years in the performing industry in addition to 10 years of experience teaching voice and singing, Michaela helps people to reconnect with and find ease and flexibility in their natural voice. From beginners to advanced, singers to speakers, and for anyone who just wants to reconnect with their own voice.
As well as vocal technique, her experience as a performer and actress enables her to coach students in performance technique i.e. connecting with the text in their repertoire as well as expressing themselves through song.
Michaela was the first teacher of Grace Bawden, Finalist of Australia’s Got Talent, 2008 and teaches many prize winning students.
During her time in the UK, Michaela was a vocal coach at UK’s prestigious Stage Coach performing arts schools.
Free Your Natural Voice workshops
In addition to private lessons, she runs Free Your Natural Voice workshops both privately [minimum groups of 5], and publicly [future dates to be added].
Experience what it’s like to speak and sing with your natural voice. Learn how to have more ease, flexibility, stability, strength and confidence in your voice and how to sing and speak from a more open, expressive and comfortable space.
Free Your Natural Voice workshops focus on helping people, through awareness, find the full potential of their natural voice. These workshops, run by singer, performer and voice coach Michaela Burger, include one-on-one personal advice on how to connect with and free your natural voice.
As well as students, teachers, lecturers, celebrants, auctioneers, parents, people who hold seminars or presentations or anybody who performs any kind of public talking, singers, actors and those who generally want to improve their confidence and communication skills these workshops have proven to be of benefit to anyone who simply wants to reconnect and discover the power of their natural voice.
Please note: These workshops focus on the holistic approach to vocal production therefore as well as people interested in singing, they are very suitable for people who are only interested in freeing their spoken voice.