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), Léïla (Les pêcheurs de perles) Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Philomele (Richard Mills’ The Love of the Nightingale), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Mimì (La bohème), Giulia (La scala di seta), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Nuria (Ainadamar), and Third Norn (Götterdämmerung)
Leanne’s concert schedule has included the works Bach’s Mass in B minor BWV 232, Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C minor, Handel’s Messiah, Saul, and Samson, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Britten’s Les Illuminations op. 18, Moya Henderson’s Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler’s Symphonies 2, 4, 8, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Leanne can be heard in the role of Venus in Saint-Saëns’ Hélène which has been released by Melba Recordings (2008).
Leanne recently performed the role of Helena in the Australian debut of Neil Armfield’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten in Adelaide Festival 2021. She also sang La Contessa in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro directed by Patrick Nolan for Opera Queensland.