Kanen is one of Australia’s most sought-after operatic tenors and a renowned concert and cabaret artist.
He has been long established as a contracted and guest artist at Opera Australia regularly appearing in the principal tenor roles of such operas as The Merry Widow, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Marriage Of Figaro, The Rakes Progress, Turandot, The Tales Of Hoffmann and Albert Herring.
His appearances for Victorian Opera include roles in Through The Looking Glass, Sweeney Todd, Banquet Of Secrets, ‘Tis Pity and The Who’s Tommy and for Opera Queensland he has appeared as Nanki Poo, Nadir in The Pearlfishers, Ramiro in Cenerentola, Andy Warhol in The Perfect American, roles in Snow White and Sir Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore.
His regular engagements by Pinchgut Opera include an enormous critical success in the title role of Rameau’s Platée during 2021.
Other roles include Other roles include Rodolfo in Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme on Broadway, Willy Wonka in the Gordon Frost production of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and critically acclaimed performances in The Black Rider for The Malthouse while his Witch Of Endor in the Adelaide Festival production of Handel’s Saul was awarded a Helpmann Award.