Dutch mezzo soprano Cora Burggraaf graduated with distiction at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She continued her studies in London at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She has been the recipient of many prizes, including the 2009 VSCD New Generation Award, the 2009/10 ECHO Rising Star Award, the Elizabeth Everts Prize 2006.
Burggraaf’s first role after finishing her studies was Bella in Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage at the Royal Opera House in London, after which she sang roles as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at San Fransisco Opera and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Netherlands Opera.
She was a guest at several festivals including the BBC Proms, the Operadagen Rotterdam and the Gergiev Festival, and worked with conductors including Seiji Osawa, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Jan Willem de Vriend, Phillippe Herreweghe, Jaap van Zweden, HK Gruber and many others.
Cora Burggraaf is a noted recitalist and appeared in major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London (this season with The Roaring Twenties and Calefax), and the Frick Collection in New York.
Recent and upcoming highlights are her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel; Brahms’ songs with viola with Ken Hakii in the Concertgebouw; Copland Poems by Emily Dickinson with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; a New Year Concert Tour with the North Netherlands Orchestra; a tour with Poulenc’s La voix humaine with Phyllis Ferwerda; a revival of the very succesful concerts for children Ik sta paf in het Concertgebouw with songs by Annie MG Schmidt; and a tour of The Roaring Twenties with Calefax.