(Born 25 November 1950)
Yvonne Kenny is an Australian soprano who posses a voice that has a silvery tone with secure coloratura capabilities.
Born in Sydney, she is particularly associated with Handel and Mozart roles.
After initial studies she won a scholarship to study at the opera school at La Scala in Milan. She spent a year there before going to England, where after a few recitals and TV appearances she had a breakthrough in 1975, when she replaced at short notice, the soprano scheduled to sing Donizetti 's Rosmonda d'Inghilterra.
It was a triumph that made the hardly known young singer an overnight sensation.
Her silvery full toned soprano voice has an excellent coloratura technique enabling her to easily cover classic roles from the baroque to roles like Verdi's Gilda.
She debuted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden the following year, and thereafter was engaged to sing in Handel operas such as Semele, Alcina, Giulio Cesare, and Mozart operas such as Idomeneo, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, La Clemenza di Tito, The Abduction from the Seraglio and The Magic Flute.
She also sang Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (with distinction) and in Werther.
As a regular guest at the Glyndebourne Festival and the English National Opera she also sang in Zurich, Munich, Vienna, Provence, and Washington.
She returned to Australia in the early eighties to join The Australian Opera (later to become Opera Australia) and with them in the Sydney Opera House she has sung a diverse range of roles including... Mélisande, Manon, Leila, Micaela, Fiordiligi, Pamina, and Cleopatra.
Recently, she appeared as Blanche DuBois in the Australian premiere of Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire.
Yvonne Kenny has recorded extensively and among a range of popular best selling CD's of popular songs and arias, she has also starred in a filmed performance of Julius Caesar (available on DVD) with Opera Australia.
In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honour List for "services to opera" she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)