West Australian Opera – Les Pêcheurs de Perles
OCT 2016 – In a last minute cast change Jonathan Abernethy arrived in Perth, WA to perform the role of Nadir for the West Australian Opera 2016 season of Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
In his debut performance with the company Jonathan sang alongside Emma Matthews, Sam Roberts-Smith and Wade Kernot under the baton of WAO Artistic Director and Conductor Brad Cohen.
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.
New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy has been drafted in to fill the shoes, and delivers a show-stealing performance by bringing to his character a tangible vulnerability and romance, and infusing his delivery with a rich emotional texture.