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2014 Opera Awards Recipient - Jonathan Abernethy

Jonathan Abernethy

Tenor

Jonathan Abernethy began his career in arresting fashion as a boy soprano. In 2002 he joined New Zealand diva Dame Malvina Major as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Jewish Psalms. In the same year he was again a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in the New Zealand Arts Festival Stadium Spectacular in Wellington.

As a young tenor, Jonathan is now capitalising on that early success. Following a 2012 recital in Wellington, the city’s Capital Times drew attention to ‘a sweet-sounding natural lyrical tenor voice with good top notes and a natural personality that is refreshing, all assets that he uses with intelligence and skill’. Two years earlier, as Alfredo in a Wellington production of Die Fledermaus, Middle C Classical Music Reviews praised his gift for using ‘what sounded like a lovely lyric tenor voice to mellifluous effect’. In July 2013, his appearance as Don Ottavio in the Opera Australia/Oz Opera touring production of Don Giovanni was hailed as ‘a standout performance’.

Jonathan was the winner of the Joan F Stevens and Opera Australia Awards at the New Zealand Singing School in Napier in 2011. Late in 2012 he was invited to join the prestigious Opera Australia Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Programme in Sydney. While with Opera Australia, he has sung the parts of Don Ottavio in Oz Opera’s Don Giovanni, Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and appeared as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House in Opera Australia’s Great Opera Hits. In 2014, his performances include the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Fenton in Falstaff, and covering the roles of Lensky in Eugnene Onegin and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni all for Opera Australia. In 2015, Jonathan’s performances for Opera Australia will include Tamino in The Magic Flute and Lerma in Don Carlos.

In New Zealand, Jonathan has also sung the tenor roles in such major oratorios as Haydn’s Creation and the Petite Messe Solenelle of Rossini. Prior to his move to Sydney with Opera Australia, he studied with Isabel Cunningham and Professor Terence Dennis from the renowned vocal studies department of Otago University’s School of Music. He has a degree in E-Commerce and information Systems from Victoria University in Wellington.

Jonathan continues to enjoy the support and mentoring of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Jonathan Abernethy Biography

Jonathan Abernethy Press Release

Past Recipients

2012 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Nicole Car

2011 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Zara Barrett

2010 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Lorina Gore

2009 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Emma Pearson

2008 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Shane Lowrencev

2007 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

James Homann

2006 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Amy Wilkinson

2005 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford

2004 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

José Carbó

2002 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Hyeseoung Kwon

2001 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Nicole Youl

2000 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Han Lim

1999 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Adrian McEniery

1998 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Jamie Allen

1997 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Donna-Maree Dunlop

1996 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Amelia Farrugia

1995 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Ingrid Silvéus

1994 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Fiona Campbell

1993 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Douglas McNicol

1992 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Elisa Wilson

1990 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Akiko Nakajima

1989 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Lucas de Jong

1988 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Stephen Ibbotson

1987 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Helen Adams

1986 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Francesco Fabris

Past Recipients

2012
Nicole Car

soprano

2011
Zara Barrett

soprano

2010
Lorina Gore

soprano

2009
Emma Pearson

soprano

2008
Shane Lowrencev

bass

2007
James Homann

baritone

2006
Amy Wilkinson

soprano

2005
Tamsyn Stock-Stafford

soprano

2004
José Carbó

2003
Not Awarded

2002
Hyeseoung Kwon

soprano

2001
Nicole Youl

soprano

2000
Han Lim

baritone

1999
Adrian McEniery

tenor

1998
Jamie Allen

tenor

1997
Donna-Maree Dunlop

soprano

1996
Amelia Farrugia

soprano

1995
Ingrid Silvéus

soprano

1994
Fiona Campbell

soprano

1993
Douglas McNicol

baritone

1992
Elisa Watson

soprano

1991
Not Awarded

1990
Akiko Nakajima

soprano

1989
Lucas de Jong

baritone

1988
Stephen Ibbotson

tenor

1987
Helen Adams

soprano

1986
Francesco Fabris

baritone

2014
Opera Awards
Congratulations

JONATHAN ABERNETHY, TENOR

 

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