Jo Burton is an Australian classical vocalist who performs in both the mezzo-soprano and alto ranges. Listeners who delve into the avant-garde may have come across her performances on the extended work entitled Quito by the brothers Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith, but her musical background is much broader, including opera and solo recitals in a handful of languages. Burton was originally from Canberra, where she began her career prior to relocating to Sydney in 1990.
A key event in her performing career took place a couple of years later, a recital with pianist Murray Brown that was chosen by a prominent newspaper critic as one of the best concerts of that year. Since 1993 she has been a member of the Song Company, an ensemble that combines vocal talent with an artistic philosophy that is distinctly Australian, exploring the musical implications of immigration to the island continent from the 17th century onward. Roland Peelman is this ensemble's artistic director.