Leïla, The Pearlfishers, State Opera of Australia
“As Leïla, Leanne Kenneally had the physical beauty, the stance, the voice and the demeanour to carry the priestess from formal savior of the fishermen through her crise de Coeur to the initial despair and ultimate delight of loving and being loved.”
Elizabeth Silsbury, Opera Magazine, February 2011
Leïla, The Pearlfishers, Opera Australia
“The most engaging performance of the evening comes from Leanne Kenneally as the priestess Leïla, touchingly human despite her sacrosanct status. With her vibrant, silvery tone, graceful phrasing and energised stage presence, Kenneally's Leïla combines sweetness with steely determination, girlish affection with adult dignity.”
Sarah Noble, The Opera Critic, September 2008
A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, winner of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award and Opera Foundation Australia’s German Operatic Award, Leanne Kenneally made her professional opera debut in 1996 with Opera Queensland as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and with Opera Australia as Pamina (The Magic Flute).
She has since appeared regularly with Australia’s leading opera companies and orchestras. Her appearances with Opera Australia include the title role of Lakmé, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Giulia (La scala di seta), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Leïla (Les pêcheurs de perles) and Pamina, the latter also on tour with OzOpera. She has also sung Philomele (Richard Mills’ The Love of the Nightingale) both in Brisbane and Melbourne, Fiordiligi, Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) and Countess with Opera Queensland; Leïla, Oscar, and Mimi (La bohème) with State Opera of South Australia; Leïla with West Australian Opera; Nuria (Golijov’s Ainadamar) for Adelaide Festival; and Third Norn (Götterdammerung) for Perth International Festival.
As a recipient of Opera Foundation Australia’s prestigious 1999 German Operatic Award, Leanne became a member of the Cologne Opera in the 1999-2001 seasons where her roles with the company included Papagena, Novizia (Suor Angelica) and Zerline (Offenbach’s Die Banditen).
On the concert platform, Leanne has sung with the Adelaide, Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orchestra Victoria and Sydney Philharmonia in a wide range of repertoire that includes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Britten Les Illuminations, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mahler Symphony No 4 (WASO/Simone Young), Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater and the world premiere of Moya Henderson’s Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem (Sydney Philharmonia).
Most recently Leanne has performed Messiah with Queensland Choir, Brisbane, a Verdi tribute in Opera at Jimbour and the role of Fiordiligi, both for Opera Queensland, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Carmina Burana with Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Nuria in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar for New Zealand Festival with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Opera in the Vineyards at Ballandean Estate in Queensland.
Leanne can be heard in the role of Venus in Saint Saëns’ Helene which has been released by Melba Recordings.
Leanne Kenneally is managed by Graham Pushee: email@example.com
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