British mezzo-soprano Anna Burford sings First Maid (Elektra) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Burford made her Royal Opera debut in September 2012 as Schwertleite (Die Walküre).
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 (Glyndebourne Festival) and Owl in Richard Ayre’s The Cricket Recovers (Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh Festival and tour to Bregenz). Recently she has made a further foray into Wagnerian repertory, singing Erda (Der Ring des Nibelungen) 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.
In addition to her opera work, Burford performs extensively in concert, her repertory ranging from Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Gabrieli Consort and 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.