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best opera singers in the world today – male persuasion

I’m a capable researcher using electronic technology (not to mention, that I work for a College and have great resources at my disposal). I was searching for someone’s–anyone’s–contemporary classification of the world’s best opera singers. I found a link to a dated USA Today article naming the best stars of the 1990’s. Interesting. But far from  up-to-date.       

I wanted  to skip the venerable legends who are still alive but sing only occasionally, if at all. For the purposes of this list, I wasn’t looking for promising up-and-comers either, though they may be the subject of another post.       

Who are the opera stars of today? Whom are we seeing onstage, watching with awe and admiration?       

Since I didn’t have any contemporary articles to from which to choose candidates, I asked my “Operatoonity” followers on Twitter to help me put together a slate of  favorite current performers.       

Here then are all the male stars identified as top-of-the-heap. Which are your favorites?       

Roberto Alagna

 

Roberto Alagna, French tenor       

 – Marcelo Álvarez, Argentine lyric tenor       

 – Lawrence Brownlee, American tenor       

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee / photo by Andreas Klingberg

 

– Joseph Calleja, Maltese tenor      

 – Carlo Colombara, Italian bass  

 – Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor       

 – Gerald Finley, Canadian bass-baritone       

 – Juan Diego Flórez, Peruvian tenor       

 – Ferruccio Furlanetto, Italian bass      

 – Vittorio Grigolo, Italian tenor     

 – Thomas Hampson, American baritone       

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

 

 – Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone       

 – Jonas Kaufmann, German spinto tenor       

 – Simon Keenlyside, British baritone       

– Mariusz Kwiecień, Polish baritone  

 – James Morris, American bass-baritone       

 – René Pape, German bass       

Bass-bari Erwin Schrott

 

 -Ruggero Raimondi, the Italian bass-baritone  

 –  Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan bass-baritone       

 – Stuart Skelton, Australian heldentenor       

 – Bryn Terfel, Welsh, bass-baritone       

 – John Tomlinson, English bass       

 – Ramón Vargas, Mexican tenor       

Tenor Ramon Vargas

Did I include your favorite male performer singing opera today? Write-ins are, of course, welcome in the comments.       

 
 
Stop back tomorrow for the women!

And a special thank you, to all those providing input on Twitter.       

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