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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. Opera fans might also be interested in famous female opera singers and popular American 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 Luciano Pavarotti or Andrea Bocelli. 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. Featuring Italian, Russian, British, and more, this list has them all! 

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!

Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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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

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Opera Singer, Actor

Credits: Spectre, Man on Fire, The Goonies, The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994

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#25 on The Best Singers of All Time

#14 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#3 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of 12 following an association football accident. Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Andrea Bocelli: A Night in Tuscany, Sarah Brightman in Concert, Céline Dion: These Are Special Times, Tuscan Skies ~ Andrea Bocelli ~

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#79 on The Best Singers of All Time

#50 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#51 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. One of 'The Three Tenors', Domingo has more recently taken on conducting opera and concert performances, and is also the general ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Retiro

Nationality: Spain

Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Actor, Voice acting Singer

Credits: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Great Performances, La Traviata, Otello Carmen, + more

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#57 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#4 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#6 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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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

Nationality: England

Profession: Opera Singer, Librettist, Singer

Credits: Britten: Owen Wingrave, The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

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#69 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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Josep Maria Carreras i Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the operatic stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Profession: Singer

Credits: Caballé Beyond the Music, The Making of West Side Story, The 3 Tenors, Paris 1998 Puccini: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera), + more

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#16 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#18 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#15 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Avery Brooks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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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 ...more

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Age: 67

Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: 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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#97 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

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Kai Wessel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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Kai Wessel is a German countertenor and teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Profession: Opera Singer, Teacher

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Harve Presnell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Opera Singers
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Harve Presnell is an actor. ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1933-2009)

Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Opera Singer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Saving Private Ryan, Fargo, Old School, Face/Off Patch Adams, + more

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