Jonathan Badon is called “Prince of Popera,” and this moniker for this talented Filipino singer is apt: He can easily switch his singing style from classic opera to pop or vice versa. No wonder he has wowed audiences wherever he stages his concert.
Jonathan, a charming young man who is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music with a degree of bachelor of music in voice, impressed once again his audience when he held a solo concert last July 6 at the Warren Community Center in Warren.
A fund-raising project of the Philippine-American Medical Foundation of Michigan (PAMFM) headed by President Vicky Navarra and the Waray-Waray International Organization (WIO) headed by President Bob Riparip, the concert drew at least 250 people, mostly Filipino-Americans.
The Filipino Star News sought the comments of the concert-goers after the show. Many of them said they got their money’s worth as they enjoyed a fine evening of songs sang in Jonathan’s unique style, which is a fusion of classical and pop tunes.
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.
His singing of Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak” was particularly impressive. He showed that he could emote as he sang and gave profound meaning of the song’s lyrics. Reminiscent of the wayward ways of the youth, the remarkable performance evoked a feeling of regret over hardheadedness and past mistakes. It was also a proof of the theatrical talent of Jonathan who had played lead roles in popular Broadway musicals such as “Les Miserables,” “Camelot” and “Westside Story.”
Jonathan’s singing of a Filipino medley of regional songs suddenly turned the mood from somber to merry. His interactive style regaled the audience as he cajoled some into singing portions of the songs such as “Manang Biday” and “Sarong Banggi.”
His encore number, the “Impossible Dream,” affirmed his amazing talent as a tenor par excellence.
In a recent interview with Philippine News, 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.” (Tony Antonio)