Soprano Burcu Kurt was born in Izmir, Turkey. She attended school there and received her first vocal training at the Dokuz Eylül University under  Aydın UÅŸtuk, where she graduated in 2008. Subsequently, she studied with Ulf Bästlein at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts („Kunstuniversität“) in Graz, Austria, where she was awarded a Masters Degree in Voice with Distinction in June 2012.

At the Dokuz Eylül University she sang the role of Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute. In the opera studio at the Kunstuniversität Graz she sang roles in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen,  Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the latter under the tutelage of Mezzosoprano Angelika Kirchschlager. Burcu Kurt has also participated in masterclasses with Claudia Visca, Rachell Inselmann and Jeanette Thompson.

During her studies in Turkey, Burcu Kurt performed widely in many cities around the country. In December 2010 she was a soloist with the „Wiener Walzer Philharmonie Orchester“ on their concert tour in China.

Since 2014 she is a member of the "Volksoper Vienna".

Alongside her classical singing, Burcu Kurt has always enjoyed the performance of literary chansons. In partnership with the pianist Karlheinz Donauer in particular, she has performed cabaret songs by Britten and Schoenberg, art songs by Kurt Weill and many new compositions in the genre.

Frau Kurt


"Frau Kurt" is a fictional character, with good reason! In German-speaking countries “Kurt” is a male first name, which can cause confusion. For instance when being examined by a doctor. 

Our "Frau Kurt" discovered her talent as a chanson singer early on, in her homeland Turkey, where she performed in hotels and bars. Now, in the European Union, her repertoire includes not only chansons, but also many French, Italian, English and Turkish songs, hits from films of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Art Songs by Kurt Weill, excerpts from musicals and the demanding Cabaret Songs by Benjamin Britten and Arnold Schoenberg. 

Those with scholarly interests can read her Masters Thesis on Schoenberg’s “Brettl Lieder” and Jugendstil in the Graz Music University Library and  Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. This is equally entertaining!


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