Anne McKenna's diverse performing career began with her Chautauqua Opera debut as Papagena. She has since embraced a wealth of operatic roles ranging from the Italian Baroque to the American contemporary, as well as numerous musical theatre and operetta roles. Her keen interest in the development of new works was fostered by engagements with the Eugene O'Neill Composer/Librettist Conference and the Encompass Theatre in New York City.
As composer/conductor David Amram's vocal artist of choice, she has enjoyed many years of collaboration with him in orchestral and chamber performances of classical and popular repertoire, as well as a rich sampling of Mr. Amram's own works for solo voice for audiences of all kinds.
Recent important career milestones, which generated regular return engagements include her Broadway debut with Jason Robards, Eli Wallach, Christopher Plummer, Richard Kiley and a score of other stars in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and her appearance with Jacques d'Amboise's renowned National Dance Institute "Event of the Year."
She is a frequent soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at B.A.M., the symphonies of Jacksonville, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut and International Jewish Festival of Long Island, and is a frequent oratorio soloist in the Metropolitan area. Other recent concert engagements include a program of arias and duets with Summerfest, sponsored by the City of New York, the Charles Ives Center for the Arts, the YMHA's distinguished Schubertiade series with Hermann Prey, the Round Hill Players of Fairfield, and New Renaissance Chamber Players.
A native of California, she received her musical training at Smith College and in Germany.