“A brilliant portrayal of her vulnerability, feistiness, strength and passion...the initially restrained audience were soon drawn into exuberant applause, laughter, cheering and sighing. ***** ”
- Libbi Gorr, ABC Melbourne
“An asset to the Cabaret community ”
- Kate Ceberano
rtistic Director Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012-14
“Absolutely stunning, possibly the closest you’ll get to Piaf in this day and age ”
“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. ”
Exposing Edith has just won the Best Cabaret award for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival!
"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.
Exposing Edith is a charming piece of cabaret that delves into the highs and lows of Edith Piaf's life. Being somewhat ignorant about Piaf's personal life, it was fantastic to hear the stories behind the infamous pain-infused songs that she was known so well for, bestowing new meaning and insight. A beautiful show that held the audience throughout.
“This exposé of famed French singer, Edith Piaf, is superb, stunning and simply sublime…Benson’s simple direction, 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 it received"
"The almost-as-diminutive-as-the-woman-she's-honouring Michaela Burger is simply amazing in her renditions – almost all in French, with the occasional translated verse here and there – of Piaf's biggest numbers. Accompanied on guitar by Greg Wain, the pair all-but blow the roof off...While this show might take on a standard format, it is anything but standard in its realisation. Great choices in both song and story, excellent arrangements and brilliant performances make this an absolute cracker of a show..."
"It was such a pleasure to have such a fine singer, interpreter and warm entertainer be a part of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2014! 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! I wish her well and continued success. She deserves it!"
“... 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.”
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!
“Burger captures the spirit of Piaf……[she] candidly recounts both the fame and the folly of this most extraordinary person, in a voice of uncanny beauty...
"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...