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Jonathan
Abernethy

Tenor

Jonathan Abernethy studied voice at the University of Otago and received coachings from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Hailing from New Zealand, the tenor gained his first professional experience on the opera stage as an Opera Australia Young Artist in 2012.

After winning several Australian Opera Awards in 2014, he went on to take part in opera programmes in Zurich, Aix-en-Provence and Chicago, and collaborated with leading musicians such as Sir Richard Bonynge, James Conlon and Leo Nucci.

He has since performed various roles at international opera houses, having recently sung Don Anchise in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, the fourth esquire in Wagner’s Parsifal and Trin in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at the Zurich Opera. He has also sung Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the West Australian Opera in Perth and Brighella in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

On the concert stage, he has given solo performances in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.

Abernethy is making his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in the 2019–20 season.

Jonathan Abernethy studied voice at the University of Otago and received coachings from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Hailing from New Zealand, the tenor gained his first professional experience on the opera stage as an Opera Australia Young Artist in 2012.

After winning several Australian Opera Awards in 2014, he went on to take part in opera programmes in Zurich, Aix-en-Provence and Chicago, and collaborated with leading musicians such as Sir Richard Bonynge, James Conlon and Leo Nucci.

He has since performed various roles at international opera houses, having recently sung Don Anchise in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, the fourth esquire in Wagner’s Parsifal and Trin in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at the Zurich Opera. He has also sung Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the West Australian Opera in Perth and Brighella in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

On the concert stage, he has given solo performances in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.

Abernethy is making his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in the 2019–20 season.