Tenor

New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy, announced recently as an HSBC Laureate with the prestigious Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and winner of the Australian Opera Awards, has established himself as a vibrant and upcoming international artist. In 2015 he was invited into the Aix-en-Provence Mozart Residency, the Solti Accademia in Tuscany and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago. During this time he worked with various distinguished artists including Sir Richard Bonynge, James Conlon, and Leo Nucci. Since joining Opera Australia in 2012, he has performed 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) and Count Lerma (Don Carlos). Other highlights include a performance of Die Schöne Müllerin and the Great Opera Hits concert series at the Sydney Opera House. During Opera Australia’s 2016 season Jonathan prepares the roles of Nadir (The Pearlfishers) and Ferrando in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Così fan tutte, to cover major international artists in two new productions. On the concert stage he joins Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for Mozart’s Requiem. Jonathan continues to have mentoring and support from the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation.