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Jonathan Abernethy

Tenor

Jonathan Abernethy
© Barbara Aumüller

Award winning tenor Jonathan Abernethy left Opera Zurich's International Opera Studio to join Oper Frankfurt's ensemble in 2019/20, during which he sang Edmondo (role debut) in Manon Lescaut. After making his debut in Germany in Frankfurt in Martinů's Julietta this singer from New Zealand sang Gaston / A Guard (Krenek's Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation (Heavyweight or the Honour of the Nation) / Das geheime Königreich (The Secret Kingdom), Sali (another role debut) in Delius' Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe / A Village Romeo and Juliet and Chevalier de La Force in a new production of Dialogues des Carmélites. This season he sings 1st Jew in Salome, the Broom-Maker in Humperdinck's Königskinder, the Hunchback in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Spirit / Sailor in Dido and Aeneas and a Song Seller and Gherado in Il trittico (Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi). During our 2022/23 season he can be heard as Balakin, a Young Servant and Rogue in new productions of Tchaikovsky's Die Zauberin / Enchantress, Strauss' Elektra and Carl Orff's Die Kluge / The Wise Woman and Edmondo in Manon Lescaut. He recently sang Alidoro in Cesti's Orontea at Opera Australia in Sydney and Pinchgut Opera. He sang his first Nemorinos at the 2020 Tirol Festival in Erl and made his debut in Paris in 2019, singing Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, a role he sang at the 2018 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where he also appeared in recital. Roles in earlier seasons included Mozart's Tamino and Don Ottavio, Fenton (Falstaff) and Nadir (Les pêcheurs des perles) at Australian Opera, West Australian Opera and New Zealand Opera. He is much sought-after for concert work and has appeared with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, under Thomas Hengelbrock.