REVIEW: Jonathan Antoine, Lowther Pavilion

Jonathan Antoine at Lytham Festival earlier this year
Jonathan Antoine at Lytham Festival earlier this year
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As Jonathan Antoine burst onto the stage for the first show of his new Believe tour, there could be no doubt the opera star has come a long way from the shy teenager who captured the hearts of millions on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.

He commandeered the spotlight with booming tenor tones and a cheeky wink at his adoring fans - or Fantoines, who practically swooned over his passionate rendition of the Cornetto Song (Giovanni Capurro’s ‘O Sole Mio to the opera buff).

Joining Jonathan was the British winner of Chinese X Factor Mary-Jess and singer/harpist Siobhan Owen, whose haunting performances of Think Of Me from Phantom Of The Opera and Dream A Dream, by Charlotte Church, respectively, had the audience mesmerised.

But it was Jonathan’s heart-rending duet with Mary-Jess that really brought the house down, as the pair belted Come What May from the film Moulin Rouge in a show-stopping performance that made the original sound like a primary school pantomime.

Needless to say, they received a well-deserved standing ovation for their efforts.