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Leanne Kenneally


Leanne Kenneally soprano

Leanne Kenneally made her Opera Debut as Pamina in 1996 with Opera Australia and as Donna Anna with Opera Queensland. She has since appeared with all the leading opera companies throughout Australia and was a member of the Cologne Opera in Germany. She performed alongside all the major Australian Symphony Orchestras, Choirs and Australian International music festivals (including New Zealand and Bangkok).

Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University in 1994 Leanne Kenneally  won the National Vocal section of the ABC Young Performers Awards during her studies.  As a result of receiving Opera Foundation Australia’s prestigious  German Operatic Award, she was a member of the Cologne Opera in Germany from 1999 - 2001.

Her stage appearances include the title role of Lakmé, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Leïla (Les pêcheurs de perles), Pamina (Die Zaubeflöte), Philomele (Richard Mills 'The Love of the Nightingale'), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Mimi (La bohème), Giulia (La scala di seta), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Nuria (Ainadamar), Third Norn (Götterdämmerung).

Leanne's concert schedule has included works from Bach's Mass in B minor BWV 232, Mozart's (Requiem, Mass in c)  Handel's (Messiah, Saul, Samson),  Rossini's Stabat Mater, Britten's Les Illuminations op. 18, Moya Henderson's Anna Akhmatova's Requiem, Brahms' Requiem, Mendelsson's Elijah, Mahler's Symphonies 2, 4, 8, Rachmaninov's The Bells and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. 

Leanne can be heard in the role of Venus in Saint Saëns’ Helene which has been released by Melba Recordings (2008).

In 2021 Leanne performed the role of Helena in the Australian debut of  Neil Armfield's production 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Britten in the Adelaide festival and for Opera Queensland sang la Contessa in their new  production of 'Le nozze di Figaro' directed by Patrick Nolan. She recently performed in The Sopranos with Opera Queensland, Haydn’s Creation with The Brisbane Chorale and Bach's B Minor Mass with Canticum Chamber Choir. 

This year Leanne sings Despina in Opera Queensland’s new production of Cosi fan tutte, Carmina Burana with Brisbane Chorale, Mozart Coronation Mass with The QLD Choir and is most looking forward to  Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with Voxalis later this year.

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