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Spotlight on Yvonne Kenny


Yvonne Kenny is one of the most distinguished sopranos of her generation. Performing next month live with pianist and one of the finest artists in the world, Simon Tedeschi, we looked back at some of her greatest accomplishments.

Born in Sydney, after achieving a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Yvonne went to London to study voice.

Her 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.

Yvonne 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 the Countess in Capriccio (Dresden State Opera), Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Vienna State Opera and Opera Australia), The Merry Widow, La Voix Humaine, Dido in Dido & Aeneas and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Australia), Jocasta in Oedipus Rex (Sydney Festival), a special guest appearance in Opera Australia’s Fledermaus and Opera Australia’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.

Don’t miss Yvonne performing in Yvonne Kenny and Simon Tedeschi: A Song Recital – From Schumann to the American Songbook, at Riverside, 30 August. Click here for more information and bookings.


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