|Birth name||Donna Margaret Burke|
|Born||12 December 1964|
|Origin||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, narrator, voice actress, entrepreneur, teacher|
Donna Burke (born 12 December 1964) is an Australian singer, voice actress, and entrepreneur. She was raised in Perth and moved to Tokyo, Japan in 1996. Burke has released three albums: Lost and Found (with her husband Bill Benfield) in 2000, Blue Nights in June 2005; a Celtic compilation, Éirí na Gréine (2001) and a maxi single. As a voice actress she is heard on anime and video game soundtracks, including Turn-A Gundam, Haibane Renmei, Vandread, Tokimeki Memorial, Tales of Legendia, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. She has acted in several video games, such as the Shenmue, and the Silent Hill series, and has been credited in several OVA's such as Strange Dawn, Hoshi no Koe and Trip Trek and the anime series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Burke is the voice of Hel in Boktai, Ursula in Lunar Knights, and Norah in the Sega game Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice. Additionally, she is the lyricist for numerous Japanese TV commercials, anime songs, and J-pop group tunes.
Burke's voice is used in Japan as the guidance voice since 2005 on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system. She is heard in Narita Airport Delta lounges and as the English guidance for the Emperor Showa Memorial Museum. Burke has worked as a freelance announcer at NHK since 1999 on various documentaries, NHK Specials, News 7 and Newswatch 9 worldwide. She narrated the Climate in Crisis - Part 1 which won the 2007 silver medal (Environment Ecology) at the New York Television Festival and the Earth Vision Award in 2007 at the Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival. Burke and Benfield started an agency, Dagmusic, in 2004 for singers, voice actors, composers and musicians living in Tokyo. Burke created Hotteeze, a company she created to export Japanese heat pads worldwide.
Donna Margaret Burke was born on 12 December 1964 and was raised in Perth. Her education included "operatic voice, speech and drama". She received classical voice training for ten years. Burke graduated from Edith Cowan University. From 1989 to 1995 she taught Media, English and Religious Education to senior students at Chisholm Catholic College. Burke moved to Japan in 1996 and initially worked as a teacher of English before obtaining some recording work. She married a British-born, Bill Benfield, who was also a former teacher. Donna started a record label, Dagmusic, in 2004 which catered for foreign artists. Together they issued her debut album, Lost and Found, in 2000 on Dag Music; which includes jazz music cover versions of "Wichita Lineman", "Annie's Song" and "Danny Boy".
- Fastening Days - Anna
- Little Charo 2 - Kanon
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series - Raising Heart
- Strange Dawn - Yuko Miyabe
- Trip Trek - Catherine, Bee #2
- Voices of a Distant Star - Operator of the Lysithea (both Japanese and English for the DVD)
- Bloody Roar 4 - Uranus
- Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand - Hel
- Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django - Lady, Dvalinn
- Diabolical Pitch - Christina
- Dino Crisis 3 - Sonya Hart (motion capture)
- F-Zero GX - Mrs. Arrow
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - Storytelling Narrator
- Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice - Norah
- Lunar Knights - Ursula
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces - Raising Heart
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny - Raising Heart
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - iDROID
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - iDROID
- Rumble Roses - Anesthesia / Dr. Cutter
- Shenmue - Others
- Shenmue II - Additional Voices
- Silent Hill 2 - Angela Orosco (original release and HD Edition)
- Silent Hill 3 - Claudia Wolf (original release only)
- The King of Fighters XII - Mature (console version)
- Virtua Fighter 4 - Vanessa Lewis
- Virtua Quest - Vanessa Lewis
- Lost and Found (by Donna Burke and Bill Benfield) (2000)
- Éirí na Gréine (2001)
- Donna Burke with the David Silverman Quartet (2002)
- Goodbye Nakamura EP (2004)
- Blue Nights (1 June 2005)
- Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Online 2 - "Can Still See the Light" (2000-2002)
- The Yamaha Educational Children's Songs CDs - Various Artists (1997-2003 - vocals for several tracks)
- Para Para Panic CDs - Volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 / Various Artists (2000 - vocals for several tracks)
- Elebits - "The Smile of You" (2006 - in collaboration with Naoyuki Satō)
- ABBA Ibiza Caliente Mix - ABBA, Sabu (2001 - vocals for several tracks)
- The Bleep Brothers (2001 - vocals for three tracks)
- Vandread: Original OVA Soundtrack 1 - Yasunori Iwasaki, Various Artists (2001 - vocal for "What a Wonderful World")
- Vandread: Original OVA Soundtrack 2 - Yasunori Iwasaki, Various Artists (2001 - vocal and lyrics for "Somedays")
- Strange Dawn - "To The Sky" (2002)
- Turn A Gundam: Original Movie Soundtrack - "Wakusei no Gogo, Bokura wa Kisu wo Shita" - Yoko Kanno (2002 - vocal for "After All")
- "Seven" - V6 (2002 - lyrics for "One")
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - "Morning Sky" and "Moonless Starry Night"
- Haibane Renmei: Original OVA Soundtrack 1 - "Hanenone (ハネノネ)" - Kow Otani, Masumi Sakaue (2003 - vocal and lyrics for "Wondering")
- Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova - "Star Gate Heaven" and "Star Gate Heaven (FUTURE LOVE Mix)" - Various Artists (2006 - in collaboration with Sōta Fujimori)
- Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Dancing Summer Vacation - "Hero ~Dancing Summer Mix English Ver.~"
- OutRun 2 - "Life Was a Bore"
- The Last Remnant - "Journey's End"
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - "Kuule tää unelmain" and "Ephemeron"
- God Eater - "God and Man"
- Tales of Legendia - "Hotarubi" and "My Tales" with Gab Desmond
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - "Heavens Divide"
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - "Sins of the Father"
- Metal Gear Solid Vocal Tracks (2015 - vocals for several tracks)
- Tokyo Ghoul √A - "Glassy Sky"
- Implosion - Never Lose Hope - "Way in the Dark"
- Kato, Mariko (16 February 2010). "Instinct Key for Singer-Entrepreneur". The Japan Times (Toshiaki Ogasawara). Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Japan-Australia Music Artist Exchange in Roppongi". Year of Exchange (Japan Australia Cultural Exchange Association). August 2006. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Nibayashi, Maki. "Life in Japan: Donna Burke". Metropolis (341). Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Lost and Found – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Burke, Donna; Benfield, Bill (2000), Lost and Found, Dag Music. National Library of Australia, retrieved 16 January 2014
- "Animated short film "FASTENING DAYS"". YKK Global. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "Acting". donnaburke.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- "Behind The Voice Actors - Donna Burke". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 27 January 2016. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.
- Kemps, Heidi (31 December 2014). "Interview: Donna Burke, veteran singer and voice actor". Gaming.moe. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- "Blue Nights – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "METAL GEAR SOLID VOCAL TRACKS". Konami. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "Way in The Dark by Donna Burke ( "Implosion - Never Lose hope" theme song)".
- Official website
- Donna Burke discography at MusicBrainz
- Donna Burke at the Internet Movie Database
- Donna Burke at Anime News Network's encyclopedia