British mezzo-soprano Anna Burford made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Schwertleite (Die Walküre) and has since sung First Maid (Elektra) and Girl (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) for The Royal Opera.
Burford grew up in Cornwall and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has sung a wide range of roles for Welsh National Opera, including Maddalena (Rigoletto), Ursule (Béatrice et Bénédict), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). For English National Opera she has sung Amastris (Xerxes), Maddalena, Anna (The Trojans at Carthage) and Dresser/Schoolboy/Waiter (Lulu). Her other UK appearances include Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival, Owl (Ayre’s The Cricket Recovers) for Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh Festival and Bregenz Festival and Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried) and Schwertleite for Longborough Festival Opera. Burford has also performed in the USA and Europe, singing roles including Giulio Cesare for Seattle Opera and Opera Ireland, Olga (Eugene Onegin) in Caën and Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) for Opéra National du Rhin.
Burford performs extensively in concert, her repertory ranging from Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh) to Berio’s Folksongs (Antwerp). Her other concert repertory includes Britten’s Spring Symphony, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat. She has also sung in many concert performances of opera, including Merope (Oedipe) and Puck (Oberon) for Scottish Opera and Margret (Wozzeck) in Paris and London with the Philharmonia.