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 Yvonne Kenny A.M.
          Soprano
Yvonne Kenny, Kathryn Morrison Management
Paul Gosney 
Yvonne Kenny is one of the most distinguished sopranos of her generation. She was born in Sydney and after achieving a BSc in Biochemistry, went to London to study voice.  She made her operatic debut in 1975 after which she joined the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where she remained a member of the company until 1996.  
 
International appearances include the Wiener Staatsoper, La Scala, Milan; Salzburger Festspiel, Staatsoper Berlin, Opera de Paris, English National Opera, Zurich, Glyndebourne and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. 
 
Both internationally and in Australia she has built an enviable reputation as a dazzling interpreter of works by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Britten and more recently for her interpretations of the Richard Strauss heroines. 
 
She has appeared regularly on the concert platform including the Edinburgh and Aix-En-Provence Festivals, BBC Promenade concerts, at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at London’s Wigmore, Festival and Royal Albert Halls and the Olympic Anthem at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. 
 
Australian performances include concerts with the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra, national tours for Musica Viva and the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as guest appearances with all the symphony orchestras, with Opera Australia in a broad range of repertoire, Opera in the Alps, Twilight at Taronga, a recital in London’s King’s Place Recital Hall and the title role in The Merry Widow at UK’s West Green House.
 
Recent performances have included Countess/Capriccio (Dresden State Opera), Marschallin /Der Rosenkavalier (Vienna State Opera/Opera Australia), The Merry Widow, La Voix Humaine, Dido/Dido & Aeneas and Blanche/Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Australia), Jocasta/Oedipus Rex (Sydney Festival), a special guest appearance in OA’s Fledermaus and OA’s Singing for Love national concert tour with David Hobson.
 
She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for services to music and conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Sydney in 1999.  She is a Professor of Voice at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
 
RECORDINGS:
 
Yvonne has more than 60 international titles to her credit including Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Decca/Solti); Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mitridate and Lucio Silla (Teldec/Harnoncourt); Elgar’s The Kingdom (RCA/Slatkin); Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (Sony/Salonen); Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera (Collins/Bedford); Gloriana (Decca/Mackerras), Handel’s Deborah (Hyperion/King), Mozart arias with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Entre Nous: Celebrating Offenbach (Opera Rara), the Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier and Great Operatic Arias (both on Chandos) and Mahler 2 (LPO/Tennstedt).  She is internationally recognised for her recordings of French and Italian ‘bel canto’ repertoire for Opera Rara including the award-winning Emilia di Liverpool and was the voice of Dame Nellie Melba in the TV mini-series.  On the ABC Classics label her recordings include the award-winning Simple Gifts, Something Wonderful,Handel Arias/Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/ Aria Award, A Christmas Gift, A Portrait of Yvonne Kenny, Make Believe, The Salley Gardens, Clair de lune, The Divine Yvonne Kenny, Vienna City of my Dreams with the MSO under Richard Bonynge, Singing forLove (with David Hobson) and a Richard Strauss album including The Four Last Songs with the QSO under Johannes Fritszch.
 
 
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YVONNE KENNY as MERRY WIDOW 2011 - VILJA SONG - Franz Lehár
YVONNE KENNY as Hannah Glawari in Franz Lehár's operetta THE MERRY WIDOW (Die lustige Witwe - sung in English) singing the Vilja Song (There once was a Vilja)Recorded in August 2011http://www.fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yvonne Kenny, Kathryn Morrison Management
                     Carols in the Domain
 
 
 
 
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        Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Australia)
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YVONNE KENNY as MARSCHALLIN (R.Strauss: Rosenkavalier)
Soprano YVONNE KENNY as Marschallin in three excerpts from act one of Richard Strauss's opera "Der Rosenkavalier", including the monologue "Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding", recorded in 2007....
 
REVIEWS:
Die Fledermaus, Opera Australia
“Diva Yvonne Kenny makes a stunning guest appearance and stops the show as a celebrity chanteuse.”
John Hay-Mackenzie, Sunday Herald Sun, May 16, 2010
 
Oedipus Rex, Sydney Festival
“Yvonne Kenny … presented Stravinsky’s takes on 18- and 19- century aria forms with glowing richness and intensity.”
Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald Weekend, 30 – 31 January 2010.
 
Blanche, A Streetcar Named Desire, Opera Australia
“This is a tour de force performance from Yvonne Kenny as Blanch DeBois. Her role makes incredible vocal demands, but she gives a brilliantly expressive musical performance with nuance, beauty of pianissimo line and agility and accuracy in gauging and pitching difficult intervals.  Dramatically convincing, the madder Blanch becomes, the more beautiful her music.”
John Hay-Mackenzie, Sunday Herald Sun, 6 December 2009
 
‘...this flawed but powerful opera provided Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny with one of the most memorable roles in a great career.  Both her acting and singing, as Blanche gradually disintegrates, were utterly convincing.’
Barney Zwartz, The Age, 18-19 December 2009
 
Dido and Aeneas: Opera Australia
“As Dido, soprano Yvonne Kenny sang to her strengths…she employed sinuous phrasing and subtle dynamic control to create a portrayal of poised, tragic nobility…the famous lament particularly poignant…
Murray Black, The Australian, June 2009
 
“The way she shaped the lines of the famous lament showed that in a masterpiece there is no substitute for wisdom and experience.”
Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 June 2009
 
Blanche, A Streetcar Named Desire, Opera Australia, Melbourne 
“Yvonne Kenny is superb, perfectly capturing the character’s tragic vulnerability.”
The Sunday Telegraph, 9 August 2007
 
 
“… Yvonne Kenny gives one of the great performances of her career…heartbreakingly fragile, elegant and completely believable”
Bill Stephens, The Canberra Review, 16 August 2007
 
 
“Yvonne Kenny met the marathon vocal demands of Blanche with her usual consummate professionalism, and has the regal presence to carry the role …”
Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 2007
 
 
“… Kenny is one of the finest actresses on the operatic stage …”
Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise, 3 August 2007
 
 
Hanna Glawari –The Merry Widow, Opera Australia
 “It’s no surprise to find Yvonne Kenny as a delicious Hanna Glawari, flirtatious and poised in equal measures.  She’s in glowing voice, enrapturing the house with a tender, gorgeously phrased Vilja, floated miraculously at the end.”
Deborah Jones, The Australian, February 16 2004
 
“Kenny is gracious and magnetic as the Widow”
Sydney Morning Herald, February 16 2004