Thursday, January 23, 2014

An Enchanted Evening with Jonathan Badon

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Internationally acclaimed tenor and classical pop artist Jonathan Badon, also known as the "Josh Groban of the Philippines" and the Prince of Popera, is performing "An Enchanted Evening" on January 30, 2014 7 pm at the Teatrino in Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City.

Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree in Music in Voice from the University of the Philippines College of Music. An Aliw Awardee for Best Male Classical Performer in 2004 and Best Global Pinoy Performer  in 2010, he is the ultimate cross-over artist in his transition from classical to pop singing. He can easily switch his singing style from classic opera to pop or vice versa.

Jonathan, also a composer and arranger, won the grand prize in the AFP National Songwriting Contest for "Dugong Pilipino."

Jonathan has traveled the world performing in major cultural festivals and with renowned orchestras and played lead roles in musicals (“Les Miserables”, “Camelot”, “Westside Story”), operas (“Candide”, “Tales of Hoffman”, “La Traviata”), oratorios, zarzuelas and done concerts in United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He is consistently the top choice to represent the Philippines in different musical competitions.

His musical and artistic talent were featured in a 2002 CD entitled “Sketches and Melodies” which contained his renditions of classical songs as well as his own sketches of architectural and historical landmarks.

As a trained tenor, Jonathan has a rich vocal range comparable to those of Josh Groban and Borcelli. As a pop singer, he can give the popular singers in Manila a run for their money. “Popera” or pop opera is classic operatic style singing and music fused with pop sound.

His repertoire for “Popera!” blends classical operatic songs (“Granada”, “Funiculi, Funicula”, “Torna a Surriento”,”O Sole Mio” etc.) Broadway melodies (from such hits as Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon) ballads (“La Vie En Rose”, “You Raise Me Up”, etc.) and even Tagalog classics like “Anak” and “Hanggang” all with a “pop” twist.

Jonathan said that music is in his blood. “At an early age, I was already exposed to church music through my aunts and relatives,” he said. “My mother, Remedios Gonzalo Badon, is a soprano and former Tawag ng Tanghalan champion. My great grandmother was a zarzuelista and a contemporary of Nicanor Abelardo. All of us in the family sing.”

Guest performer is Soprano Jenny Lind Delorino.

Musical Director is Bojo Luzuntales.

Brought to you by L.B.O. Productions, Inc.

For details please call (02) 523-1467; 524-7234

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