Jonathan Antoine – The Next Pavarotti

8 years ago Jonathan Antoine walked onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent as a shy and nervous 17 year old.  Today, he is on the verge of becoming a global superstar.

Fantoines showing their love for Jonathan Antoine


Since writing a piece about him in last week’s UK edition (The Metamorphosis of a Tenor) we have been inundated with messages from his fans (known as “Fantoines”) across the world talking about how Jonathan is something totally exceptional.  As Simon Cowell said, Jonathan is comparable to the great Pavarotti.

Jonathan is clearly blessed with one of the best voices in the world.  But on top of that, many people have pointed out that it is his character – his kindness, his love, compassion, emotion, even vulnerability – that channels his music direct to our souls.

Some of Jonathan Antoine’s performances

And he has posted these two just in the last fortnight –

As some of the newest members of the Fantoines, we were delighted to receive this message from Jonathan a few days ago –

Jonathan message

Jonathan Antoine: a musician from the beginning

jonathan antoine family photo
A photo of Jonathan and his family

Jonathan grew up in Essex, the son of a police inspector, John, and his wife Tracy.  He attended the West Hatch High School in Chigwell where his singing coach, Jenny Ewington, recognised his talent and became an important mentor and friend.

At the age of 14 he auditioned at the four major music colleges in London and, after being accepted by them all, chose to attend the Royal Academy of Music.

He started singing with Charlotte Jaconelli in 2011 and the duo went on to perform on Britain’s Got Talent, eventually ending up as runners-up.

Following their televised success, Simon Cowell offered Jonathan and Charlotte a recording contract, reportedly worth around a million pounds.

In 2014, Placido Domingo invited Jonathan to appear at the closing ceremony of the iTunes Festival.

In September 2018, Jonathan held his first solo US concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza near Los Angeles.

He has recently released several albums that can be found on his website.

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11 thoughts on “Jonathan Antoine – The Next Pavarotti”

  1. Jonathan Antoine is magnificent, his concerts are places of Joy Love and Magic .
    Jonathan’s albums are played all the time in my house , never a day goes by without listening to him, he takes me on a journey with every song. A phenomenal artist and human being.

    1. What would I do without Jonathan & his music in my has certainly got me through the last year of uncertainty..he is a godsend..i love him to the moon & back 💕

  2. Jonathan Antoine is an amazing tenor. Young, handsome and not at all stuffy! He makes Opera and classical music a pleasure to listen to. His albums have all contained a diverse range of songs and arias and are so special. He is the youngest tenor to have a number one album in the Classical Album Charts!

  3. Jonathan is a fantastic tenor and young man. His amazing voice has enthralled me since he appeared on BGT in 2012 . Jonathan has a vulnerability about him and this is what makes his singing so emotional – you just have to love him! His interpretation of the arias is wonderful and to see him live is just exceptional. Nobody ever wants the concerts to end. I really cannot wait to see him perform live again. Even my husband (who is hard to impress) was really moved by a concert performed at The Tabernacle in London a few years back.

  4. Jonathan Antoine is A Fantastic Singer, His Albums are Wonderful, He is a very Special Man. And the Fantoines love him very much, He is the kindness Man you would meet.

  5. I totally agree with the well spoken comments above & will add that to me one of his most thoughtful acts is him actually reading and responding to his Fantoines. Of course not all, but to respond to any is exceptional from someone considered world famous. Since him entering my world in 2012, the blessings & joy he has brought me is immeasurable. His concerts are personal & world class, his hugs are the best & THAT SMILE would melt an iceberg! (For some reason I could not rate you but would give a five! Thank you.)

  6. Pavarotti was my go- to till Jonathan. The emotional investment , nuance of tones and breadth of material Jonathan Antoine performs puts him on top. His bravery in overcoming bullying as a child and his exceptional personality are just as noteworthy as his voice. Just an exceptional human in every way 💖

  7. Was in the audience for both concerts in Canada in 2019. Exceptional music and audience. Plan to attend again when possible. Grew up hearing opera greats; Mario Lanza was first tenor that captured my attention. Jonathan’s voice is richer, more expressive than many. One of a kind; unique!

  8. Allison Gentle

    Only a small number of voices like Jonathan Antoine’s emerge in every generation. He is one of the greats, and will soon be acknowledged as such. England has a national treasure in this outstanding young tenor.

  9. A voice like Jonathan’s comes but once in anyone’s lifetime and I count myself lucky he has emerged in mine. He has the ability to reach into the inner most part of the listener and you believe he is singing for you alone.He is by far the best treasure Great Britain has and should be treasured and shared with the world.

  10. Victoria Driver

    a magnificent voice that will grow richer as he matures. I hope he has an exceptional voice coach who will not let him ruin his voice by singing in a range that is not suitable or arias for which he is not ready.

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