Kanen Breen is one of Australia’s most sought-after operatic tenors and a renowned concert and cabaret artist.

His past roles for Pinchgut Opera include Erice in L’Ormindo, Arnalta, Nutrice and Famigliari in L’incoronazione Di Poppea and Eurimaco, Iro and Marittimi II in Il Ritorno Di Ulisse In Patria.

He has been long established as a contracted artist at Opera Australia singing such roles as Camille in The Merry Widow, Nanki Poo in The Mikado, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Marco Palmieri in The Gondoliers, Caius in Falstaff, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Sellem in The Rakes Progress, Pong in Turandot, Andres/Cochenille/Pittichinaccio/Frantz/Nathanael in The Tales Of Hoffmann, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Albert Herring, Johnny in Bliss at the Edinburgh Festival and The Scientist in Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Rabbits at the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney festivals.

His engagements for Victorian Opera include the roles of Tweedledee, The White King and Violet in Through The Looking Glass, The Beadle in Sweeney Todd, and the premiere seasons of Banquet Of Secrets and ‘Tis Pity.

Other roles include Nanki Poo, Nadir in The Pearlfishers, Ramiro in Cenerentola, and Andy Warhol in The Perfect American for Opera Queensland and, most recently, its 2016 Brisbane Festival season of Snow White, the Witch Of Endor in the Adelaide Festival’s 2017 season of the Glyndebourne production of Handel’s Saul for which he won a Helpmann Award for Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera and critically acclaimed performances of Wilhelm in The Black Rider for The Malthouse.

He also appeared as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme on Broadway and, most recently, in the lead role of Willy Wonka in the Gordon Frost Organisation’s production of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

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Kanen Breen

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