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Famous Male Tenors

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List of notable or famous male tenors, with photos. The world's leading tenors are unsurprisingly men. These famous tenor singers have provided some of the most distinguished vocals in history. List of notable famous male tenors includes Luciano Pavarotti, Francesco Albanese, Jose Carreras and Paul Potts. You may want to copy this list to make your own list of favorite tenors. List is alphabetical & sortable by column. The gentlemen who are the best male vocalists are on this list. In addition to the tenors listed above, the opera singers on this list are some of the most famous in both modern times and in the history of one of the most exquisite art forms in the world. The booming vocals and soothing tenor sounds have won over fans all over the world and helped enhance the art form known as opera.


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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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    Mario Lanza
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    Mario Lanza (January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959, aged 38) was an American tenor, singer, actor and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. The son of Italian emigrants, he began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. He was born Alfred Arnold Cocozza. He changed his name ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1921-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Great Caruso, Serenade, Because You're Mine, The Toast of New Orleans, Seven Hills of Rome, + more
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    José Carreras
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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 a ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Barcelona, 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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    Ronan Tynan
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    Ronan Tynan is an Irish tenor singer. He is most notable as a member of The Irish Tenors. In the United States, audiences have come to know and appreciate him for his involvement with that vocal group and for his renditions of "God Bless America" at various sporting event venues, such as Yankee Stadium ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physician, Singer
    • Credits: The Irish Tenors, Irish Tenors: Ellis Island, Ronan Tynan: The Impossible Dream
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    Johan Jonatan "Jussi" Björling was a Swedish tenor. One of the leading operatic singers of the 20th century, Björling appeared for many years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and less frequently at the major European opera houses, including the Royal Opera House in London and La Scala in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1911-1960)
    • Birthplace: Borlänge, Sweden
    • Profession: Singer
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    Sylvester Groth is a German film actor and tenor. He is best known to English language audiences for appearing in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, in which he portrayed Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. His first major film role was in 1993's Stalingrad. Groth portrayed ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Germany, Jerichow
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Inglourious Basterds, The Reader, Stalingrad, The Third Wave, Momo, + more
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    Paul Potts
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    Paul Robert Potts is a British singer. In 2007, he won the first series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent with his performance of "Nessun dorma", an aria from Puccini's opera Turandot. As a singer of operatic pop music, Potts recorded the album One Chance, which topped sales charts in nine countries. Prior ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Kingswood, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Singer
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    Russell Watson
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    Russell Watson is an English tenor who has released singles and albums of both operatic-style and pop songs. The self-styled "People's Tenor" had been singing since he was a child, and became known after performing at a working men's club. He came to attention in 1999 when he sang "God Save the Queen" ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Singer
    • Credits: Last Choir Standing
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    Nicolai Gedda is a Swedish operatic tenor. Having made some two hundred recordings, Gedda is said to be the most widely recorded tenor in history. Gedda's singing is best known for his beauty of tone, vocal control, and musical perception.more

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    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Boris Godunov
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    Giacomo David
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    Giacomo David, was a leading Italian tenor of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1750-1830)
    • Birthplace: Presezzo, Italy
    • Profession: Singer
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    Jonathan Ansell
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    Jonathan Mark Ansell is an English singer, best known as the high tenor of the vocal group G4.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Singer
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    Francesco Albanese was a lyric tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory. Albanese studied in Rome with Francesco Salfi, and made his stage debut in 1940, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, as Evandre in Gluck's Alceste, where he remained until 1942, also singing Almaviva, Fenton, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1912-2005)
    • Birthplace: Torre del Greco, Italy
    • Profession: Singer
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