Jonathan Abernethy


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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, his most recent accolades being named a HSBC 2015 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Laureate and winner of the Australian Opera Awards. As a regular artist with Opera Australia, Jonathan has made important debuts on the Sydney Opera House stage including the roles of Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte).

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. 

Upon joining Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program, Jonathan moved from his home country of New Zealand in 2012 and made his professional debut at the Sydney Opera House performing the role of Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor). Jonathan has since performed the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Fenton (Falstaff), Remendado (Carmen), Count Lerma (Don Carlos), Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), Nadir (The Pearlfishers) and covered Lensky (Eugene Onegin). In 2016 he made his debut with West Australian Opera as Nadir. These roles allowed Jonathan to work closely with acclaimed international artists including Guillaume Tourniaire, Christian Badea and Sir David McVicar. Other highlights include a performance of Die Schöne Müllerin and appearing in Great Opera Hits, a concert series of opera favourites at the Sydney Opera House.


On the concert platform performances include soloist in Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (sydney Philharmonia Choirs), 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:
November 2016
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