The award winning. New Zealand born tenor Jonathan Abernethy leaves Opera Zurich's International Opera Studio to join the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt this season, where he made his debut in Germany in Martinů's Julietta and can be heard as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, 4th Jew in a new production of Salome, Sali (Romeo) in Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet) and roles in the Křenek triple bill. Future plans include his debut at the Tirol Festival in Erl this winter as Nemorino in a new production of L’elisir d’amore (co-production with Oper Frankfurt, who stage it in 2021/22) and a concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Thomas Hengelbrock. 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 alongside Diarte in Erismena and a 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.