The award winning New Zealand born tenor Jonathan Abernethy left Opera Zurich's International Opera Studio to join the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in 2019/20, during which he made his debut in Germany in Martinů's Julietta and then 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 and Edmondo (role debut) in Manon Lescaut. He sang his first Nemorinos in a new production of L’elisir d’amore at the Tirol Festival in Erl in 2020 and 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.