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Jonathan Antoine, Great Baritone of His Generation

Updated on April 2, 2012

Enrico Caruso

The Three Tenors
The Three Tenors
Enrico Caruso in "The Marriage of Figaro"
Enrico Caruso in "The Marriage of Figaro" | Source

Great 20th Century Male Vocalists

Italy and Spain have produced the greatest male classical voices of the twentieth century. Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Enrico Caruso all invoke immense power and emotion when they sing. Each of these accomplished vocalists are tenors and Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo became known as "The Three Tenors ".

Why is it that the most celebrated classical artists of the modern age are all tenors? Do we, as their audience prefer the higher pitched male tenor voice? And what about the the bass or baritone male voices?



Jonathan Antoine Audition
Jonathan Antoine Audition | Source

Great 21st Century Baritone, Jonathan Antoine

Move over tenors and move over Italy and Spain. Great Britain is in the house with a young baritone vocalist from Essex named Jonathan Antoine. If you are familiar with Britain's Got Talent, you may have seen this inspiring young man's March 24 audition. He performed with friend, and fellow vocal student, Charlotte Jaconelli to a packed audience, who heckled them as they walked onto the stage.

The duo chose to sing "The Prayer", made famous by Celine Dione and Andrea Bocelli, which presents a unique combination of classical opera and pop style. With Jonathan's first note, he had their attention. The audience, as well as the judges, stopped talking and listened. By the time he belted out his tenth note many of them were on their feet. On his last magnificent note, many were visibly crying. And the crowd went wild!


Jonathan and Charlotte Singing "All I Ask of You"

A Star is Born

Jonathan may have been ridiculed by cruel classmates while growing up for being a "big boy", but Jonathan will become a great star. It is his destiny, he is destined for greatness. And not because Simon Cowell says so, either. Jonathan will become great because the world loves him. People from all over the globe are watching his YouTube videos over and over again. They leave congratulatory comments on his Facebook fan page, singing his praises, wishing him well. People thank him for inspiring them and allowing them to connect to his powerful, graceful and humble energy. Grown men openly admit they cried when they heard him sing. This 17-year old young man from Essex seems to have awakened and inspired the entire world.

When Jonathan sings, it comes from deep within his soul, and he connects to a place many of us may not be able to find. I am not an emotional person but when I listened to his audition the first time, tears were pouring down my face. I re-watched the BGT video for almost an hour, and every day since.

People compare him to Susan Boyle, Pavarotti and even Caruso. But Jonathan is Jonathan and quite frankly, there is not comparison. He has his own unique sound and style that, coupled with his humility and loyalty, will continue to amaze us all as he comes into his maturity. When Jonathan sings, it appears effortless. There is no straining. There is no falsetto. It is just pure, powerful baritone. There is something in his voice, and powerful vibrato, that opens your heart, and you feel the power of God, the Universe and the Divine.

Best of luck to you Jonathan and Charlotte as you take on the world. You are already winners!


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      Laurel 5 years ago

      What more is there to say?

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      Opera Lover 5 years ago

      So much more will be said about him in the years to come

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      Jessica141 5 years ago from Florida

      Really enjoyed listening to these two sing. You can tell this kid is going places, and will be around for a long, long time

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      Gillian 5 years ago

      He is not a baritone he is a tenor.

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      Char 5 years ago

      Well said I have watched the audition many times. I can't wait to hear them again. I was wondering what type of voice he had. Thanks

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      lily saavedra 5 years ago

      Jonathan you have an incredible amazing voice. Keep focused on opera, that's where you are really extraordiary. Hope that you will soon record a CD.

      Lily Saavedra

      San Juan, Puerto Rico

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      Sharyn Cook 5 years ago

      I couldn't have said it better myself. Jonathan is truly a gift...much appreciation Sharyn Cook Australia

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      Rona 5 years ago

      Beautifully written!

      Jonathan is Amazing!! My whole family fell instantly in love with him, what a great voice and lovely personality..he must not let his nerves fail him, with time he will mature and get confident, we all cross our fingers for him and wish him much success in in his great future operatic career oh..no doubt he he's gonna win BGT

      Good luck!!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this enlightening Hub. I had not heard of this young man but as a singer myself I found your article most interesting and your young baritone immensely talented. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      Francis 5 years ago

      A phenomenal performance on Sunday. Magnificent. I look forward to their future recordings.

      From Tropical Trinidad and Tobago

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      Maureen 5 years ago

      Uh, you forgot Mario Lanza. True, most of the memorable names have come from Italy and Spain - something in the genes? But, now, Britain may have the prize of the century because Jonathan is destined for greatness, assuming he chooses to go for it. He's only 17 but there is something in the quality of his voice that grabs your heartstrings, I can only imagine what he will sound like with additional training and maturity.

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      Anne 5 years ago

      I thought the duet was stunning- so much- i really hope that Jonathan & Charlotte do much more together. I think the Royal Family would have enjoyed their appearance at the Royal Variety Performance - perhaps so in years to come.Jonathan has an unbelievable voice.

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      amanda 5 years ago

      Jonathan leaves one speechless, tears streaming down ones cheek.I could listen too him, everyday...and I have...He is truly a gift from God..Pavarotti is ;);)...

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      kris 5 years ago

      Amazing, just amazing,Jonathan's voice leaves you speeechless..unbelievable voice..magnificent..is truely a gift..Good luck dear boy!

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      John H.Williams 5 years ago

      I hope he goes on to do great things, he has a wonderful voice, but don't go the same way as Mario Lanza, he was ruined by film and fame.

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      Babs 4 years ago

      Jonathan is a baritone, not a tenor, Gillian, and even better than the greats because his voice is smooth, not gravely. I can't get enough and hope he puts out an album of his own!!

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      tenorguy 4 years ago

      Jonathan is tenor with a baritone-like timbre. Jonathan can hit notes most tenors can't hit.

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      mariopollarisilva@gmail.com.br 3 years ago

      Photo Caruso isn't in "Figaro", he's in Pagliaccio.

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      Mikolaj 3 years ago

      His voice is certainly distinctive, but with a timbre like that he must be classed as a 'Baritone' and not a 'Tenor'; that is a fact. Regardless, there is great quality and immense clarity in his voice. Bravo Jonathan!!

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      Sue W 2 years ago

      Hi. That was a lovely write-up about Jonathan, but unfortunately spoiled because you have referred to him as Baritone!....He is most definitely a TENOR...and an amazing one at that :D

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      Sue W 2 years ago

      Would love to know if you have been following Jonathan on Facebook and are aware of his path as a solo artiste now. Signed by Sony and classed as a TENOR :)

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      Diego 2 years ago

      TENOR!!! Not Baritone... Is quite a great difference

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      ivymyeo@yahoo.co.uk 2 years ago

      Jonathan, Is A Star in the making, He has the Best Tenor Voice, I've ever heard. I've never been an Opera Fan, But He's won me over with His Fabulous Tenor Voice. He's The "Crème de la Crème"

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      Bernice Froud 2 years ago

      Jonathan Antoine is a Tenor and absolutely fantastic! Jonathan ESTABROOKS is a Baritone - also fab voice but totally different voice from JA.

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      ivymyeo@yahoo.co.uk.co.uk 2 years ago

      Jonathan ,s Debut Solo Album Will be Released on Oct. 13th.Please go to Jonathan Stavvy Antoine on FB for more info. His New Album is Going to Be Amazing,And is Available from Amazon. U.K.

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      Robert Sidden 15 months ago

      He is definitely a great tenor. When I heard Jonathan sing Bach-Gounod's Ave Maria in a church, it was like the heavens opened up and the voice of an angel trumpet tongued reigned supreme apon the earth. Never since the Great Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza have I heard such a great voice, and I say this with all due respect to the others who are not on that level.

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      3 months ago

      OK, there's just one problem here, Antoine is a classically trained tenor.

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