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Mezzo soprano Cora Burggraaf has sung all over the world in leading opera houses such as Royal Opera House (London), Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), San Francisco Opera, Salzburger Festspiele and Netherlands Opera. She has also given numerous songs recitals and chamber music concerts with some of the most wonderful pianists and instrumentalists, in halls such as the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Frick Collection in New York.

In the last few years she has also explored her theatrical streak further, and has embarked on some daring projects. A solo-performance with spoken and sung words about Ophelia, to name one. Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, with added new texts about what would be the deadly sins of our time, to name another. ‘The Roaring Twenties’ with reed quintet Calefax, where music, theatre and show overlap. ‘La voix humaine’ by Poulenc in a setting where she can’t hide, as her every single move is registered by a camera. ‘Bloot zijn en beginnen’: songs presented together with diary fragments from the wonderful writer Oek de Jong. And the experiment which she names ‘The Music is Present’, where she gives songs away as presents, from one person to another, up close and personal. In the summer of 2018 she made and performed ‘Miroir de peine et d’amour’ for Theatre Festival Boulevard, with music by Hendrik Andriessen and a self-written monologue.

A selection of her future plans: concerts with Chazia Mourali and Thomas Beijer in the Sharpthinkers series in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, chamber music with Pieter Wispelwey and Ed Spanjaard, concerts with Philharmonie ZuidNederland, and the premieres of two self-written shows: one about Elsa Diepenbrock in the Operadagen Rotterdam and Oranjewoud Festival, the other about Anna Stibbe for the grand opening of the new theater/concerthall of the Rosa Spier Huis.

photo: Merlijn Doomernik