Taking an early interest in music, she formed part of the South African Youth Choir and Stellenberg Girls Choir, the latter of which was crowned the 2006 ‘Choir of the World’ at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales.
As a star graduate of the UCT Opera School and a member of the award-winning South African Sopranos, Kenned has been entertaining audiences for years from the local Baxter, Artscape and State theaters, to Brown University and even the British Parliament in various soprano roles ranging from Handel to Mozart, Puccini, Rossini and Janacek.
In 2012, she became a runner-up in the Top Billing Presenter Search. Following the competition, she joined Pasella as their latest presenter and expanded her skills by adding voice over artist, MC and motivational speaker to her vast repertoire.
Career highlights include performing with Katherine Jenkins, and master classes with Juilliard’s Brian Zeger.
In 2013 she made her acting debut in the musical theatre production of Blood Brothers, a David Kramer adaptation of the West End’s smash hit.
UCT Vice-Chancelor’s Concert – UCT Big Band (Baxter Concert Hall, 2012)
Die Burger Kersfonds gala concert (Val de vie Polo Estate, November 2012)
One To One Children’s Fund – World AIDS Day (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Parliament 2011)
CPO Youth Music Festival Soloist (Artscape 2010)
Kabaret Mania – Guest artist for Coenie de Villiers
Frantik; Grasshopper – The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek (2010, Artscape)
Maddalena – Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini (2010, Baxter Theatre)
Cherubino – Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart (2010, Baxter Concert Hall) (2011; State Theatre, Rhode Island)
Bird 2 – Out of Time by Van Dijk (2010, Baxter Theatre)
Musetta – La Boheme by Puccini (2011, Baxter Concert Hall)
Blondchen – Die Entführing aus dem Serail by Mozart (2011, Artscape) Accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Julie LaVerne – Show Boat (directed by Janice Honeyman) (2014, Artscape)
Cherubino – Le Nozze de Figaro (Cape Town Opera) (2014, Artscape)
Musical Theatre roles:
Blood Brothers (directed by David Kramer) – Mrs Johnston, Mrs Lyons and chorus
Kanna Award – Best Classical Music Performance (KKNK 2013)
Winners of the Kanna award for Best Classical Music Performance (KKNK 2013)
Top Billing – Runner up on My Top Billing Dream presenter search (2012)
Pasella presenter (2012 – present)
Read our interview with Lynelle Kenned.