Born in New Zealand, Jonathan Abernethy has established himself as a vibrant tenor on the international stage. His recent accolades came as a member of the Zürich International Opera Studio, a finalist in the 55th Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest and being named HSBC Laureate with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
He is part of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt since 2019.
Past opera performances include: at the Opernhaus Zürich, Trin (La Fanciulla del West), First Prisoner (Fidelio), 4th Jew (Salome), 4th Knappe (Parsifal), Toby Higgins (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny); at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos), Diarte (Erismena); with Opera Australia, Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Fenton (Falstaff), Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Comte de Lerme (Don Carlos), Remendado (Carmen); with West Australian Opera, Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni); with New Zealand Opera, Nanki-poo (The Mikado).
Presented by 2018 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Jonathan gave a solo recital – Chants du Voyageur – performing songs of Schubert and Vaughan-Williams with pianist Hélio Vida. Previously on the concert stage he has appeared alongside Opera Orchestra of Rouen Normandy, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Canberra Choral Society, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2018/19 season, he made his Paris debut performing at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Brighella, Ariadne auf Naxos). Other season highlights included performing in concert with Laurence Equilbey and Insula Orchestra (Mozart Requiem and J.-S. Bach St. John Passion) and with West Australian Opera (Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni).
In the 2019/20 season, he made his debut as Nemorino in a new Elisir d’amore production at the Erl Festival and sang in Julietta by Martinu, Drei Kurzopern by Ernst Krenek, Salome and Romeo und Julia by Boris Blacher at the Oper Frankfurt. He also appeared in concert with Thomas Hengelbrock at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
In the 2020/21 season, as a member of the Ensemble of the Oper Frankfurt, he performed in Manon Lescaut and a new production of Dialogues des Carmélites directed by Claus Guth. He also sang a Mozart program in concert with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble in Hamburg with conductor Thomas Hengelbrock.
In the 2021/22 season, as a member of the Ensemble of the Oper Frankfurt, he performs in Manon Lescaut, Carmen, The Burning fiery and The Prodigal son by Britten, Eugene Onegin and Der Fliegende Holländer.
Among his projects for season 2022/23, Die Zauberin (Balakin), Manon Lescaut (Edmondo), Elektra (Ein junger Diener) at the Oper Frankfurt and Così fan tutte (Ferrando) at the New Zealand Opera.
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