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Jonathan Abernethy

Tenor

Jonathan Abernethy
© Barbara Aumüller

The award winning, New Zealand born tenor Jonathan Abernethy left Opera Zurich's International Opera Studio to join the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt last season, during which he made his debut in Germany in Martinů's Julietta and sang roles in a Křenek triple bill. These were followed by 4th Jew in Barrie Kosky's new Salome and Sali (role debut) in Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet. The corona shutdown prevented him from then singing Ottavio in Don Giovanni and the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.  This season he can be heard as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Misael / The Younger Son in Britten's The Burning Fiery Furnace / The Prodigal Son, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and the Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer / The Flying Dutchman.  He will be making his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2021. He recently appeared at the Tirol Festival in Erl, singing Nemorino in a new production of L’elisir d’amore . He made his debut in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées singing Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, a role he sang at the 2018 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, where he was also heard as  Diarte in Erismena and in recital. These were preceded by projects including Mozart's Tamino and Don Ottavio, Fenton (Falstaff) and Nadir (Les pêcheurs des perles) at Opera Australia, where he was a member of their Young Artists' Programme, West Australian Opera and New Zealand Opera. He is much sought-after for concert work and appeared with the Insula Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and, recently, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Thomas Hengelbrock.