Described by Kate Ceberano as “an asset to the cabaret community”, Michaela Burger is the recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Frank Ford award 2019, Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2019 weekly, Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and has been nominated for a Helpmann Academy for Best Cabaret Performer 2016 and 2019.
In addition to winning the 2015 International Cabaret Contest, Burger is the co-writer and star of the successful stage show Exposing Edith, about the life and songs of Edith Piaf. The show has performed to sell out audiences and tours extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Her award-winning new show, A Migrant’s Son - which explores Greek migration to Australia - has received critical acclaim and features original music written by Burger and is currently touring throughout Australia and the UK.
Burger has performed with one of Broadway’s most sophisticated songwriters, Jason Robert Brown as well as Australia’s own Tyran Park, John Thorn, Daniel Koek and Paul Capsis. Other performing credits include Rumpelstiltskin (Southbank Theatre London/Windmill & State Theatre of South Australia), Merry Widow (State Opera of South Australia), Can You Hear Colour? (Adelaide Festival, Patch Theatre), Her Majesty’s Theatre Closing Benefit; alongside Meow Meow, Robyn Archer, Nancye Hayes, Rob Mills, Johanna Allen, Tim Rogers and Cameron Goodall (Adelaide Festival Centre), Brel-The Immortal Troubadour (Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017), Cranky Bear (Patch Theatre), Juliet Letters (Flying Penguin Productions/Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Showtime (Gluttony), Singing the National Anthem (Allianz Stadium England Test Series [Televised] & Australian Swimming Championships/Great Big Events), Otello (State Opera of South Australia), Requiem (State Opera of South Australia), Passion (State Opera Studios), Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life (Amity Dry, Popjam Productions), Marriage of Figaro (Co-opera of South Australia), Tosca (Co-opera of South Australia), Thunderstruck (Warner Brothers) and as the host of Humphrey B Bear (Banksia Productions, Chanel 9).
“Astonishing voice with knockout power and an ability to wrench emotion out of lyrics ”
“[Her album is an] exceptional case where there isn't a single dud in the track listing”
The List, UK
Southside Advertiser, UK
Daily Business Group, UK
“The temperature really shot up when Burger stepped on stage ”
“It was eerie how well she played her part”
Planet Arts Melbourne
“She has one of the finest voices this state has produced”
Matt Gilbertson, The Sunday Mail
“Burger has the ability to inspire…an amazing voice”
“Her voice stirs your deepest and darkest emotions whilst enchanting your aural sensibilities”
“Her songwriting and compositions are a testament to artistry”
“You’ll have to have the catchy chorus surgically removed…recurring problem with her music”