Artist Biography

Anna Burford

Mezzo Soprano

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Anna possesses a voice of rare quality and impressive range and projection. Having performed supporting roles such as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Page in Salome and Maddalena in Rigoletto for major opera companies, she made her USA debut singing Cesare in Guilio Cesare for Seattle Opera. In recent seasons, Anna has added Wagner roles to her repertoire, Magdalena in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Welsh National Opera, Schwertleite in Die Walküre for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried for Longborough Festival. Her extensive concert experience reflects her interest in both baroque and modern works.

Anna was born in Cornwall and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where her studies were supported by the Peter Moores Foundation.

Anna made her US operatic debut as Cesare in Guilio Cesare for the Seattle Opera in 2007, whilst operatic engagements in Europe include the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice with Opera National du Rhin, Roswita in Heloise et Abelard with Opera National du Rhin and the Chatelet, Paris, Olga in Eugene Onegin at Théâtre de Caen, Mrs McLean in Susannah and Mrs Nolan in The Medium at the Wexford Festival and Cesare in Giulio Cesare for Opera Ireland.


In Britain, Anna’s roles include Ursula in Beatrice and Benedict, Magdalena in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Page in Salome and Maddalena in Rigoletto for Welsh National Opera. For English National Opera she has sung Amastris in Xerxes, Anna in The Trojans at Carthage, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Dresser, Schoolboy, Waiter in Lulu (also recorded for Chandos). She made her debut for Royal Opera House , Covent Garden singing Schwertleite in Die Walküre. For Glyndebourne Festival Opera she has sung Cesare in Giulio Cesare and sang the role of the Owl in the world premiere of Richard Ayres’ The Cricket Recovers at the Almeida and Aldeburgh Festivals and at Bregenz. She has also sung in concert performances of many operas including Hecube in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis at the BBC Proms, 1st Maid in Strauss’s Elektra at the Edinburgh International Festival, Merope in Oedipe and Puck in Weber’s Oberon with Scottish Opera and Margret in Wozzeck with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in Dortmund, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and the Royal Festival Hall in London.


Her extensive concert experience reflects her interest in both baroque and modern works. She has sung in concert performances of Handel’s Aci, Galatea et Polifemo and Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, and at the Edinburgh International Festivalshe has sung Dardano in Amadigi conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini. Anna has performed Berio’s Folksongs in Antwerp, Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz, Britten’s Spring Symphony with theRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Chester International Festival and De Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.


Anna has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder, the Orchestre de Tours conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce and with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Other repertoire includes Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ été with the Sudwestfunk Orchestra in Baden-Baden, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the RLPO, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Messiah with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz, and with the Northern Sinfonia, Serenade to Music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


Recordings include Francis Grier’s Sequence for the Ascension and The Long and the Short of It for the animation series on Channel 4 television.


Recent engagements include First Maid in Elektra for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Schwertleite in Die Walküre and Erda in Siegfried and Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival Opera and Popova in The Bear for Northern Ireland Opera,

Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Beethoven Choral Symphony
Berio Folksongs
Berlioz Les nuits d'Eté
De Falla El Amor Brujo
De Falla El sombrero de tres picos
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Elgar Sea Pictures
Elgar Music Makers
Gregson The Dance, forever the Dance
Handel Semele
Handel Messiah
Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifermo
Haydn Nelson Mass
Korngold Tomorrow
Mahler Das Klagende Lied
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Regina Coeli K276
Puccini Petite Messe Solennelle
Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Tippett A Child of our Time
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Verdi Requiem
Beethoven
Missa Solemnis
Beethoven
Choral Symphony
Berio
Folksongs
Berlioz
Les nuits d'Eté
De Falla
El Amor Brujo
De Falla
El sombrero de tres picos
Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius
Elgar
Sea Pictures
Elgar
Music Makers
Gregson
The Dance, forever the Dance
Handel
Semele
Handel
Messiah
Handel
Aci, Galatea e Polifermo
Haydn
Nelson Mass
Korngold
Tomorrow
Mahler
Das Klagende Lied
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Coronation Mass
Mozart
Requiem
Mozart
Regina Coeli K276
Puccini
Petite Messe Solennelle
Szymanowski
Stabat Mater
Tippett
A Child of our Time
Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Verdi
Requiem
Ayres The Cricket RecoversOwl
Berg LuluDresser
Berg LuluSchoolboy
Berg LuluWaiter
Berlioz Béatrice et BénédictUrsule
Berlioz Les TroyensAnna
Berlioz Les TroyensHecube
Britten Albert HerringNancy
Britten The Rape of LucretiaLucretia
Catalani La WallyAfra
Enescu OedipeMerope
Essyad Héloïse et AbélardRoswita
Floyd SusannahMrs McLean
Glinka A life for the TsarVanja
Glück Orfeo ed EuridiceOrfeo
Handel Giulio CesareCesare
Handel Giulio CesareSesto
Handel XerxesAmastris
Handel AmadigiDardano
Handel RodelindaEdwige
Handel RodelindaUnolfo
Hasse ArtaserseSemira
Humperdinck Hansel und GretelHansel
Menotti The MediumMrs Nolan
Monteverdi L'Incoronazione di PoppeaOttavia
Mozart Le Nozze di FigaroCherubino
Puccini Madame ButterflySuzuki
Richard Strauss SalomePage
Richard Strauss ElektraFirst Maid
Stravinsky The Rake's ProgressBaba the Turk
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginOlga
Verdi RigolettoMaddalena
Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Magdalena
Weber OberonPuck
Ayres
The Cricket Recovers
Owl
Berg
Lulu
Dresser
Berg
Lulu
Schoolboy
Berg
Lulu
Waiter
Berlioz
Béatrice et Bénédict
Ursule
Berlioz
Les Troyens
Anna
Berlioz
Les Troyens
Hecube
Britten
Albert Herring
Nancy
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Lucretia
Catalani
La Wally
Afra
Enescu
Oedipe
Merope
Essyad
Héloïse et Abélard
Roswita
Floyd
Susannah
Mrs McLean
Glinka
A life for the Tsar
Vanja
Glück
Orfeo ed Euridice
Orfeo
Handel
Giulio Cesare
Cesare
Handel
Giulio Cesare
Sesto
Handel
Xerxes
Amastris
Handel
Amadigi
Dardano
Handel
Rodelinda
Edwige
Handel
Rodelinda
Unolfo
Hasse
Artaserse
Semira
Humperdinck
Hansel und Gretel
Hansel
Menotti
The Medium
Mrs Nolan
Monteverdi
L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Ottavia
Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro
Cherubino
Puccini
Madame Butterfly
Suzuki
Richard Strauss
Salome
Page
Richard Strauss
Elektra
First Maid
Stravinsky
The Rake's Progress
Baba the Turk
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Olga
Verdi
Rigoletto
Maddalena
Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Magdalena
Weber
Oberon
Puck
Ursula in Beatrice and Benedict for Welsh National Opera
The Western Mail
The dark mezzo-soprano colour of Anna Burford’s Ursula created a pensive yet mesmerizing close to the first act.
Magdalene in The Meistersingers at the BBC Proms
Opera Brittania
Rich-toned - absolutely rock-steady, and powerfully projected, she set a standard at the very outset of the opera.
Magdalene in The Meistersingers at the BBC Proms
ConcertoNet
Anna Burford's Magdalene was marvellous - sung with a rich, dark sultry tone.
Amastris in Xerxes for English National Opera
Opera
Anna Burford, an attractive Amastris.
Suzuki in Madame Butterfly for Welsh National Opera
The Sunday Times
Anna Burford's beautifully sung Suzuki.
Suzuki in Madame Butterfly for Welsh National Opera
Opera
Anna Burford's plush mezzo was strong casting as Suzuki.
Ursula in Béatrice and Bénédict for Welsh National Opera
The Times
Anna Burford supplied the lower lines of the ensemble with firm, warm tone.

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