World-renowned singer Lea Salonga will perform popular Disney and Broadway songs in her first collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra next month. Under the baton of Gerard Salonga, the diva's younger brother, the orchestra will treat audiences to some of the most popular Disney songs, including A Whole New World (from Aladdin) and Colours of the Wind (Pocahontas). Dubbed the 'Disney Princess', Salonga will also reprise some of her most memorable performances. Among the lineup of songs from musicals featured in the two concerts are On My Own (Les Miserables) and I'd Give My Life for You (Miss Saigon). As well as working with the orchestra for the first time, Salonga is excited to be visiting Hong Kong again. 'I love Hong Kong! I was very pregnant the last time I was here. I remember visiting restaurants and eating lots of food,' says Salonga. Gifted with a beautiful voice, Salonga was chosen as lead for the first production of the famous musical Miss Saigon. Her portrayal of the vulnerable and tender female protagonist garnered worldwide acclaim. As the voice of the female heroines in popular Disney animations like Aladdin and Mulan, Salonga says imagination is the key to fleshing out the animated characters in the studio. 'It helps sometimes to close my eyes and imagine what's going on as the songs are being sung,' she says. 'Usually there are storyboards I can refer to in order to aid my imagination. And then I just open my mouth and go for it and sing from the heart. The performance has to be as emotional as I can make it.' Singing in front of a microphone in the studio is also different from singing live onstage. 'I don't have to be mindful of my appearance when singing for films. What I need to do is to embody the character with my voice,' says Salonga. 'To sing live means to be conscious of hair, makeup and costumes because I have to face the audience.' Lea Salonga - The Voice of Mulan The Hong Kong Tour of the World-Famous Singer: February 9 and 10 at 8pm at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Student tickets cost HK$90 to HK$240 from Urbtix on 2734 9009.