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Arts Culture WATCH: 5 Iconic Lea Salonga Performances We Can't Get Over

WATCH: 5 Iconic Lea Salonga Performances We Can't Get Over

WATCH: 5 Iconic Lea Salonga Performances We Can't Get Over
By Ryanne Co
By Ryanne Co
March 01, 2021
There's no doubt that Lea Salonga is a superstar; through her decades-long career, she's entertained millions through her provocative and emotional performances. Here are some of our favourites!

1/5 On My Own From Les Misérables


Lea Salonga won the coveted role of Éponine in her early twenties. In fact, the burgeoning superstar was also the first actress of Asian descent to play her—and later Fantine—in the Broadway rendition of Les Misérables. Salonga's performance of "On My Own" was heartfelt, yet also heartbreaking, and showed the singer's wide vocal range and prowess. 

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2/5 A Whole New World From Aladdin


Nineties kids will know: Lea Salonga was as much a part of our childhood as any performer. She was the voice behind Jasmine's "A Whole New World" (sung with Brad Kane) and Mulan's "Reflection". "A Whole New World" would go on to win an Academy Award.

3/5 Defying Gravity From Wicked


Lea Salonga's rendition of Wicked's "Defying Gravity" is as energising as it is inspiring. Here, she is joined by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Victoria at the Sydney Opera House. 

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4/5 Sun And Moon From Miss Saigon


Lea Salonga's repertoire would be incomplete without mention of her Tony-award winning performance as Kim in Miss Saigon. Here, Salonga and Will Chase's romantic duet sees them sharing an intimate moment that's as provocative as it is heartfelt. 

5/5 Bayan Ko


It's easy to be amazed at Lea Salonga's international star power—after all, she is an accomplished performer in New York, London, and all over the world. But hearing this inspiring rendition of "Bayan Ko" reminds us that Lea Salonga is, first and foremost, a Filipino performer, one who's brought attention to Filipino music, arts, and artists. 


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