Jonathan Emmanuel de la Paz
JONATHAN EMMANUEL P. ZAENS started singing as a boy soprano in
his mother's boy choir in Naga City. He was only 11 years old
when he won first in the National Music Competitions for Young
Artists (NAMCYA) in 1981. This gave him the opportunity to be
chosen as the first scholar in voice at the Philippines High
School for the Arts.
Now a baritone, he has a bachelor's degree in voice, cum
laude, from the University of the Philippines under Prof.
Andres O. Veneracion. Currently, he is pursuing a master's
degree in voice at the Academy for the Arts (Hochschule der
Kunste) in Berlin, Germany under Prof. Dr. Herbert Brauer.
In Germany, he has performed the operatic roles of: Count
Almaviva in "The Marriage of Figaro" and the speaker in "The
Magic Flute" both operas by W.A. Mozart; the title role in the
P.I. Tchaikovsky's "Eugen Onegin". The role of Guido in the
rarely performed opera, "Flavio, King of Lombardy" by G.F.
Jonathan regularly performs as Jesus Christ in J.S. Bach's St.
John and St. Matthew Passions in Berlin's historical churches:
the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church, the St. Hedwigs Cathedral
and the Berliner Dome. He has also sang the bass solo parts in
Bach's "Christmas Oratorio", the "B minor Mass" and also
He has been features soloist in concerts at the Beethoven Hall
in Bonn, at the Music Instrument Museum in Berlin (Sponsored
by Inner Wheel Club) and at the Academy of Arts celebration of
J. Brahms 100th Death Anniversary. He has also given song
recitals in the United States sponsored by the
A former member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Jonathan
joined the group on their 1989 world tour, covering the United
States, Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia. He was also invited
to represent the Philippines in the World Youth Choir in 1993
and 1994 held in Norway and in South America, respectively.