Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
is a Filipina soprano singer and actress who is well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon
, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
, and was also one of the first Asians to play the roles of Éponine Thénardier
in the musical Les Misérables
For Disney, she is well-known for providing the singing voices of Jasmine and Fa Mulan.
Salonga was named a Disney Legend in 2011, alongside fellow Disney Princess voice actresses Jodi Benson, Paige O'Hara, Linda Larkin, and Anika Noni Rose for her work with the company.
She also voiced Yasuko Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro.
Lea Salonga performing "A Whole New World" with Brad Kane during her recording session of Aladdin.
- Salonga was one of the coaches on The Voice of the Philippines.
- She also did the voice of Jasmine in the Filipino dub of Sofia the First, aired on TV5. She even performs the Filipino version of the Elena of Avalor theme song.