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Famous Male Opera Singers

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This list of famous male opera singers is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest male opera singers list contains the most prominent men known for being opera singers. There are thousands of males working as opera singers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones, who have made a name for themselves among other famous male musicians. If you're a guy aspiring to be a opera singer then the people below should give you inspiration.

No male opera singers list would be complete without people like Anton Raaff or Julius Stockhausen. Opera singers male or female train for years and years to hone their voices. In the world of opera there are many French male singers, black male opera singers, and greek opera singers that dazzle audiences with their voices.

While this isn't a list of all male opera singers, it does feature over 100 men opera singers known the world over. Who are the most famous male opera singers? Who are the best male opera singers? Take a look below!

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    Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1935-2007)
    • Birthplace: Modena, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Rigoletto, Yes, Giorgio, Maria Stuarda, The 3 Tenors, + more
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    Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years. Pears's musical career started slowly. He was at first unsure whether to concentrate on playing or singing, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1910-1986)
    • Birthplace: Farnham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Librettist, Singer
    • Credits: Britten: Owen Wingrave, The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
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    Avery Brooks
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    Avery Franklin Brooks is an American actor, director and occasional singer. Brooks is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser for Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Television director, Professor, Actor, Artistic Director, + more
    • Credits: American History X, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 15 Minutes, The Big Hit, Spenser: For Hire, + more
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    Kai Wessel is a German countertenor and teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Teacher
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    Harve Presnell
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    Harve Presnell is an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1933-2009)
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Modesto
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Saving Private Ryan, Fargo, Old School, Face/Off, Patch Adams, + more
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    Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky PAR, is a Russian operatic baritone.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russia
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Great Performances, The Harvest of Sorrow, Dmitri Hvorostovsky: To Russia with Love, Gala Tribute to Tchaikovsky, Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: The Metropolitan Opera
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    Yuri Mazurok
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    Yuri Antónovich Mazurók was a Russian operatic baritone of Ukrainian ethnicity. He sang leading roles with major opera houses internationally, including the Bolshoi Theatre, where he made his debut as Eugene Onegin, to become his most famous part, in 1963, the Canadian Opera Company, the Metropolitan ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1931-2006)
    • Birthplace: Second Polish Republic, Kraśnik
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Queen of Spades (Bolshoi Ballet)
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    Paolo Montarsolo was an Italian operatic bass particularly associated with buffo roles.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1925-2006)
    • Birthplace: Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri, Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore, Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte, Manon Lescaut (Glyndebourne Opera)
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    Mei Lanfang was one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern history, exclusively known for his qingyi roles, a type of dan (男旦)role. Méi Lánfāng is his stage name, and in Chinese it is generally considered a feminine name. His real name was Méi Lán. Mei, Shang Xiaoyun, Cheng Yanqiu and Xun ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1894-1961)
    • Birthplace: China, Beijing
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Remorse at Death
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    Francesco Rasi was an Italian composer, singer, chitarrone player, and poet. Rasi was born in Arezzo. He studied at the University of Pisa and in 1594 he was studying with Giulio Caccini. He may have been in Carlo Gesualdo's retinue when he went to Ferrara for his wedding in 1594. In 1598 he joined the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1574-1621)
    • Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Poet, Composer
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    Luigi Rossi was an Italian Baroque composer. Rossi was born in Torremaggiore, a small town near Foggia, in the ancient kingdom of Naples and at an early age he went to Naples. There he studied music with the Franco-Flemish composer Jean de Macque who was organist of the Santa Casa dell’Annunziata and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1597-1653)
    • Birthplace: Torremaggiore, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Composer, Organist
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    Vincenzo Righini
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    Vincenzo Maria Righini was an Italian composer, singer and kapellmeister.more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1756-1812)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Music pedagogue, Composer
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    Emanuel Schikaneder
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    Emanuel Schikaneder, born Johann Joseph Schickeneder, was a German impresario, dramatist, actor, singer and composer. He wrote the libretto of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Magic Flute and was the builder of the Theater an der Wien. Branscombe called him "one of the most talented theatre men of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1751-1812)
    • Birthplace: Straubing, Germany
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Impresario, Librettist, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: The Magic Flute
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    Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, was a basso opera singer of mixed Italian-Russian parentage. Rossi-Lemeni was born in Istanbul, Turkey, the son of an Italian colonel and a Russian mother. In his prime he was one of the most respected bassos in Italy. The composer Ildebrando Pizzetti wrote the opera Assassinio ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1920-1991)
    • Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Painter, Poet
    • Credits: The Last Judgement
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    Paolo Silveri was an Italian baritone, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, one of the finest Verdi baritones of his time.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1913-2001)
    • Birthplace: Ofena, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Voice teacher
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    Charles Castronovo, is an American tenor. He is in demand internationally as an opera singer. Castronovo was born to a Sicilian father and an Ecuadorian mother in Queens, New York but grew up in Southern California. He attended California State University, Fullerton for undergraduate studies in ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Becoming Traviata
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    Ruggero Raimondi is an Italian bass-baritone opera singer who has also appeared in motion pictures.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Don Giovanni, The Trout, Carmen, Boris Godunov, Rossini: Il Turco in Italia, + more
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    Italo Tajo was an Italian operatic bass, particularly associated with Mozart and Rossini roles. Tajo was born in Pinerolo, Piedmont, and studied violin and voice at the Music Conservatory of Turin with Nilde Stichi-Bertozzi. He made his stage debut in 1935, as Fafner, under Fritz Busch. At Busch's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1915-1993)
    • Birthplace: Pinerolo, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Puccini: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera), The Metropolitan Opera: Puccini: Tosca, Donizetti: Don Pasquale
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    Per Grundén was a Swedish singer and actor. He spent a substantial part of his career performing in Vienna at the State Opera and the Volksoper. Later in his operatic career he moved from the romantic lead roles to character parts. He became a screen actor, playing in a large number of Swedish films in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1922-2011)
    • Birthplace: Eskilstuna, Sweden
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Jönssonligan dyker upp igen, Jönssonligans största kupp, Jönssonligan och den svarta diamanten, The Apple War, Jönssonligan får guldfeber, + more
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    Giuseppe Di Stefano
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    Giuseppe Di Stefano was an Italian operatic tenor who sang professionally from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. He was known as the "Golden voice" or "The most beautiful voice", as the true successor of Beniamino Gigli. He was also known for his long-term performance and recording association and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1921-2008)
    • Birthplace: Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Maria Callas: The Eternal
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