Jonathan Abernethy


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The Pearl Fishers, West Australian Opera
“…He shone as Nadir, singing with a glowing centre to his sound, musical tenderness and physical naturalness”.
Rosalind Appelby, Opera Magazine, February 2017

The PearlFishers, West Australian Opera
“…Young New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy, stepping in at short notice, brought an elegant lyricism to the role of Nadir.  Every bit the romantic lead,  Abernethy was at his best in the stunning act one aria and in the intense love duets with Matthews”.
Mark Coughlan, The Australian, October 25 2016

 “…Abernethy is remarkably affecting as the lovelorn Nadir and his soliloquy Je crois entendre encore (I think I hear again) was one of the evening’s highlights for its lyrical tenderness”.
William Yeoman, The West Australian, October 27, 2016

Opera on the Beach The Magic Flute Opera Australia
“Tamino’s rather goody-goody character was well supported by Jonathan Abernethy’s clear tenor”
Nicholas Routley May 10, 2014 Australian State Online

New Zealand Tenor Jonathan Abernethy has established himself as a vibrant and upcoming operatic artist, whose most recent accolades include being invited to join the Zurich International Opera Studio and named an HSBC 2015 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Laureate. Jonathan is also the winner of the Australian Opera Awards.

This year Jonathan will appear as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos in Paris and Dijon, singing the arias in semi-staged performances of St. John Passion in Paris and on tour in France, Mozart Requiem in Rouen, Paris and Lyon, and a Handel Pasticcio in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. At the start of the 2019-202 season, he will also take up a full-time Principal tenor position at Oper Frankfurt.

Jonathan joined Opera Australia as a Young Artist in 2012 and roles since then have included Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Fenton (Falstaff) for which he received a Green Room award nomination, Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Count Lerma (Don Carlos), and Remendado (Carmen). He also covered Lensky (Eugene Onegin). These roles allowed Jonathan to work closely with acclaimed international artists including Guillaume Tourniaire, Christian Badea and Sir David McVicar. Other highlights include Die Schöne Müllerin in recital, the Great Opera Hits at the Sydney Opera House and an acclaimed debut with West Australian Opera in the role of Nadir.

In 2015 he embarked upon six months of intensive studies abroad, participating in a number of festivals and opera programs. Jonathan was invited to participate in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Mozart Residency, the Solti Accademia in Italy and the

Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute in Chicago. During this time, he had the opportunity to work with various distinguished artists including Sir Richard Bonynge, James Conlon and Leo Nucci.

In 2017 Jonathan’s engagements included the role of Nanki-poo in The Mikado with New Zealand Opera, St Matthew Passion with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Diarte in Cavalli’s L’Erena in Aix-en-Provence, Remendado (Carmen) with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and a recital for Opera Australia. In 2018, in addition to his roles in Zurich in Fidelio, Parsifal and La finta Giardiniera, Jonathan sang the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for West Australian Opera, and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

On the concert platform performances include soloist in Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall , the Gilbert and Sullivan Spectacular (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) and Beethoven 9th Symphony (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra).

Jonathan continues to have close mentoring and support from Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation.

Jonathan Abernethy is managed by Graham Pushee:
February 2019
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