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The Pearl Fishers – 2016

It was a treat to perform current Artistic Director Brad Cohen’s edition in Michael Gow’s production of The Pearl Fishers in 2016.  Due to illness, there was a change of tenor to sing the role of Nadir in the last week of rehearsals which led to the General Rehearsal being Jonathan Abernethy’s first and last rehearsal as Nadir prior to Opening Night.  When Nadir first enters on stage there is a flurry of anticipation from the female villagers, the Ladies of the Chorus, as to who is arriving on the scene.  At the General Rehearsal this anticipation was particularly exciting and almost palpable as Jonathan’s arrival on stage as Nadir was the first time he had been seen by the Chorus!  Jonathan knew the production well, sang like a dream and didn’t miss a beat – all truly exceptional considering he had only arrived in Perth from Europe at 2:00am that morning!