A Migrant's Son
"[In] her new and strikingly original show A Migrant’s Son [Burger] stakes a credible claim to be one of Australia’s leading voices not only in cabaret, but much further afield."
"The show contains all of the elements required for entertainment – a story which reaches the heart, makes us laugh, inspires us, makes us appreciate real talent and allows us to leave with a sense of hope that hard work and determination will eventually equate to success."
The almost-as-diminutive-as-the-woman-she's-honouring Michaela Burger is simply amazing in her renditions of Piaf's biggest numbers. Accompanied on guitar by Greg Wain, the pair all-but blow the roof off La Boheme... Burger's capacity for storytelling matches her passion for Piaf's life, and her strong stage presence makes her stories about the star's fascinating life captivating...While this show might take on a standard format, it is anything but standard in its realisation."
Adelaide Theatre Guide | Read Full →
"Thanks for such a wonderful performance on Saturday. Michaela has the most amazing voice. I’m not surprised at all that she and Greg were so well received at the Backstage Club! Let’s get them both back on the radio again soon!"
Sonya Feldhoff, 891 ABC Adelaide
"Exposing Edith is a charming piece of cabaret that delves into the highs and lows of Edith Piaf's life. A beautiful show that held the audience throughout."
State Theatre Company of South Australia
This exposé of famed French singer, Edith Piaf, is superb, stunning and simply sublime…Wain’s expert playing (and quite nicely lilting vocals occasionally) and Ms Burger’s scintillating performance make this production a moving and hypnotic pleasure, more than worthy of the standing ovation"
GlamAdelaide | Read Full →
"... Burger is in fine form, after the first few minutes her voice strong and her hand gestures always creative and new. The seeming simplicity of the production ensures the emotional impact of the songs … For all lovers of French music, Piaf and her life Exposing Edith is certainly one sparrow that flies.”
"Burger, is a petite woman, not unlike Piaf, and although so tiny, she is not to be underestimated. From this delicate figure comes an enormously deep and tremendous voice, with a richness of passion. The interpretation is so near to perfect and the resemblance to Piaf so uncanny, I felt tingles down my spine.
What appealed to me most is that this silhouette of a woman was never pretentious in her role at all. Piaf to her came naturally but when she was story telling she was very much being herself, yes this talented woman from Coober Pedy with an Australian accent gave us her thorough account of the French diva with accuracy and excellence. But when she fell into character there was definitely a distinct switch from Burger to Piaf, seamless, no effort at all, there was definitely two women up there on stage, it was eerie how well she played her part."
Planet Arts Melbourne | Read Full →
"Michaela Burger is a blazing life force in her evocation of Edith Piaf, whose art and inspiration she has absorbed to the extent that she inhabits the great French chanteuse for an hour of witty narrative and extraordinary song.
Melbourne has hosted some outstanding portraits of great singers — Vika Bull as Etta James, Nichaud Fitzgibbon in the mantle of Peggy Lee. Exposing Edith is there with the best."
Sydney Morning Herald & The Age | Read Full →
"In contrast to her petite structure, her voice is colossal. As well as possessing her glorious voice, she is a wonderful story teller. Her comedic timing and off the cuff comments are hilarious and sassy and always tailored to whatever character she is playing at that moment. ****"
"This is a charming and very funny cabaret that not only shows off Burger’s highly skilled vocals, but her excellent grasp of comedy, wonderful knack for character voices and accents, and her ability to Riverdance (along with her pianist-in-crime Matthew ‘If it’s Fringe season, I’m there’ Carey)."
Adelaide Theatre Guide | Read Full →
Burger approaches her music with a maturity and dexterity that swerves the formulaic beats and teenage angst that dominates the charts and airwaves...though there's a danger you'll have to have the catchy chorus surgically removed, which is a recurring problem with her music.
Leicester Bangs Review | Read Full →
"With so much power and a phenomenal range, she was able to move from tender, passionate ballads to hard driving, rock beats with ease...her songs and music are hard to categorize but who needs a category when you’re that good!"
Rip it Up
"Her songwriting and composition are a testament to artistry, and her versatility of style begs me to seek a more complex grouping for her music [than pop]."
“She has one of the finest voices this state has produced!”
- The Sunday Mail
“Michaela Burger...stands out for her vocal and acting talent”
“Michaela Burger is raw emotion made musical!”
“ The temperature really shot up when Michaela Lucas stepped on stage...a musical powerhouse with personality to match...seriously good singing. She was mesmerising accompanying herself on piano...unforgettable!”
“...An energetic and charismatic performance...”