"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."
EXPOSING EDITH, MELBA SPIEGELTENTSydney Morning Herald & The Age | Read Full →
"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."
EXPOSING EDITH, MELBA SPIEGELTENTPlanet Arts Melbourne | Read Full →
“ 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...”
15 MINUTES OF FAME, ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVALThe Advertiser
“Michaela Burger is raw emotion made musical!”The Advertiser
“Michaela Burger...stands out for her vocal and acting talent”
LES MISERABLES, MAYFAIR THEATRE COMPANYThe Advertiser
“She has one of the finest voices this state has produced!”
Matt GilbertsonThe Sunday Mail
AGNES OF GOD
“Burger is the standout performer as Agnes. She is believably innocent and disturbed and her singing voice never wavers, providing an aptly angelic sound to enthral the other characters.”
AGNES OF GOD, BLUEFRUIT THEATREKryztoff
“In the title role, Burger plays Agnes’ childlike innocence with eerie, sometimes chilling credibility, despite the fact that she looks older than the character. She also has a suitably angelic singing voice, and is a subtle stage presence in many scenes where a lesser actress would be tempted to ham it up.”
AGNES OF GOD, BLUEFRUIT THEATREThe Adelaide Theatre Guide
"Michaela's connection with audience is authentic and her intonation and partnership with her accompanist, easy and unaffected. She is an asset to the cabaret community!"
ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVALKate Ceberano, Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012-2014
CHANTEUSE ROSE, THE DIMINUTIVE DIVA
"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)."
CHANTEUSE ROSÉ, THE DIMINUTIVE DIVAAdelaide Theatre Guide | 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. ****"
CHANTEUSE ROSÉ, THE DIMINUTIVE DIVADirtandcandy.com | 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.”
EXPOSING EDITH, CABARET FRINGE FESTIVALKryztoff | Read Full →
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"
EXPOSING EDITH, CABARET FRINGE FESTIVALGlamAdelaide | Read Full →
"Burger captures the spirit of Piaf...in a voice of uncanny beauty.”
EXPOSING EDITH, CABARET FRINGE FESTIVALThe Advertiser | Read Full →
"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."
EXPOSING EDITH, CABARET FRINGE FESTIVALNescha Jelk, Associate Director, State Theatre Company of South Australia
"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!"
ABC RADIO ADELAIDESonya Feldhoff, 891 ABC Adelaide
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."
EXPOSING EDITH, CABARET FRINGE FESTIVALAdelaide Theatre Guide | Read Full →
"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]."
DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH, ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVALIn Daily
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!
DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH, ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVALRip it Up
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.
DEDEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH, ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVALLeicester Bangs Review | Read Full →