Biography

Annabel Kennedy is a 24-year-old Mezzo-Soprano from Devon. She is a Monika Saunders Award Holder and supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, studying a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Amanda Roocroftand Bryan Evans. From this September, Annabel will be joining the RCM International Opera Studio.

Her recent awards include First Prize in the RCM Concerto Competition, First Prize in the AESS Dame Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, Second Prize in the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, First Prize for the ‘AESS Courtney Kenny Award’ and the ‘Undergraduate Prize’ for the Brooks van der Pump English Song Competition.

This summer (Covid-19 permitting), Annabel will be performing as a Garsington Young Artist as part of the chorus and cover of ‘Noble Orphan 2’ for their production of Strauss’ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’. Annabel will also be making her role debut as Flora in Verdi’s ‘La traviata’ for Nevill Holt Opera, as well as performing in the chorus for their production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’. 

Most recently, Annabel made her solo debut at Cadogan Hall performing a ‘Suite of Lieder’ composed by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha with the London Chamber Orchestra, under Christopher Warren-Green. Other significant performances include a solo concerto of Mahler’s ‘Rückert-Lieder’ with the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Martyn Brabbins and performing the role of Euterpe in Handel’s ‘Parnasso in festa’ at Wigmore Hall as part of the London Handel Festival.

Since beginning her studies, she has had many opportunities, including premiering solo pieces of Karl Rankl’s music at the Austrian Cultural Forum, singing in the chorus of Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces’ at the Royal Festival Hall with the LPO under Vasily Petrenko and the chorus for Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder at RFH and Paris’ St. Denis Basilica with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has performed in the chorus of the RCMIOS production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, directed by Sir Thomas Allen and a semi-staged performance of Mahler’s ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ directed by Roger Vignoles. Annabel has been the alto soloist for Bach Cantatas in the ‘London Handel Festival’ at The Charterhouse and for Mozart’s ‘Coronation Mass’ with the Croydon Philharmonic Chorus. Last season she performed as a Nevill Holt Opera Young Artist, including singing in the chorus of the NHO production of Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’, directed by Adele Thomas. She has also had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with Kathryn Harries, Dennis O’Neill CBE and Dame Ann Murray.