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Famous Opera Singers from Italy

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List of popular opera singers from Italy, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best Italian opera singers, along with bits of information such as what year they were born in and where they were born. If you're searching for a particular famous opera singer from Italy, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of items, including Francesco Tamagno and Luciano Pavarotti.

This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from Italy?" and "Who are the greatest Italian opera singers?"

You can click on the names of these historic opera singers of Italy in order to get more information about each one. If you're an opera lover or just love music in general, then use this list of renowned Italian opera singers to find some operas or musicals that you might really enjoy.



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    Antonio Tamburini
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    Antonio Tamburini was an Italian operatic baritone.more

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    • Birthplace: Faenza, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Baritone
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    Carlo Tagliabue was an Italian baritone. After studies with Leopoldo Gennai and Annibale Guidotti he made his debut in Lodi, Lombardy, in Loreley and Aida. His debuts in Genoa, Torino, La Scala, Rome, and Naples were all in Tristan und Isolde. He also performed in Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser ...more

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    • Birthplace: Mariano Comense, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Baritone
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    Cecilia Bartoli
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    Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical music. She is known for having the versatility to sing ...more

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    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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    Enrico Caruso
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    Enrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released ...more

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    • Birthplace: Naples, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Enrico Tamberlik
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    Enrico Tamberlik was an Italian tenor who sang to great acclaim at Europe and America's leading opera venues. He excelled in the heroic roles of the Italian and French repertories and was renowned for his powerful declamation and clarion high notes.more

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    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Ettore Bastianini
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    Ettore Bastianini was an Italian opera singer who was particularly associated with the operas of Verdi.more

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    • Birthplace: Siena, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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    Felice Varesi

    Felice Varesi
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    Felice Varesi was a French-born Italian baritone with an illustrious singing career that began in the 1830s and extended into the 1860s. He is best remembered today for his close association with several famous operas composed by Giuseppe Verdi, whose birth year he shared.more

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    • Birthplace: Calais, France
    • Nationality: Italy
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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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    • Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Francesco Tamagno
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    Francesco Tamagno was an Italian operatic tenor who sang with enormous success throughout Europe and America. On 5 February 1887, he sang Otello in the first performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera. He is also the earliest Italian tenor of note to have left a sizeable body of recordings of his voice. As a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Turin, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Gianna Nannini
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    Gianna Nannini is an Italian female singer-songwriter and pop musician. She may be best known for her 1986 song, "Bello e Impossibile".more

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    • Birthplace: Siena, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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    Gianna Rolandi is an American soprano. Following a highly successful 20-year national and international operatic career, Rolandi retired from performing in 1994, and served as director of and principal instructor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, formerly known ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: Italy, United States of America
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    Giovanni Martinelli
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    Giovanni Martinelli was an Italian operatic tenor. He was associated with the Italian lyric-dramatic repertory, although he performed French operatic roles to great acclaim as well. Martinelli was one of the most famous tenors of the 20th century, enjoying a long career at the Metropolitan Opera in New ...more

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    • Birthplace: Montagnana, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Giuseppe De Luca
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    Giuseppe De Luca, was a famous Italian baritone who achieved his greatest triumphs at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He notably created roles in the world premieres of two operas by Giacomo Puccini: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and the title role in Gianni Schicchi.more

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    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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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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    • Birthplace: Italy, Motta Sant'Anastasia
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Giuseppe Taddei
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    Giuseppe Taddei was an Italian lyric baritone, who performed mostly the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi. Taddei was born in Genoa, Italy, and studied in Rome, where he made his professional debut in 1936 as the Herald in Wagner's Lohengrin. He sang at the Rome Opera until he was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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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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    • Birthplace: Pinerolo, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Bass
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    Leo Nucci is an Italian operatic baritone, particularly suited to Verdi roles. Born at Castiglione dei Pepoli, near Bologna, he studied with Giuseppe Marchese and made his stage debut in Spoleto, as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, in 1967, he then joined the chorus of La Scala in Milan, and made his ...more

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    • Birthplace: Castiglione dei Pepoli, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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    Licia Albanese
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    Licia Albanese was an Italian-born American operatic soprano. Noted especially for her portrayals of the lyric heroines of Verdi and Puccini, Albanese was a leading artist with the Metropolitan Opera from 1940 to 1966. She also made many recordings and was chairwoman of The Licia Albanese-Puccini ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bari, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy, United States of America
    • Type: Soprano
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    Lorenzo Salvi

    Lorenzo Salvi
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    Lorenzo Salvi was an Italian operatic tenor who had a major international opera career during the nineteenth century. He was particularly associated with the operas of Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi; notably singing lead roles is several world premieres by both composers.more

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    • Birthplace: Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Type: Tenor
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    Lucia Aliberti

    Lucia Aliberti is a Sicilian soprano opera singer. She performed the bel canto roles of Bellini, Gioacchino Rossini, Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Vivaldi, Mercadante, etc. A dramatic soprano, Lucia Aliberti was awarded a diploma with full marks from the Conservatory while still very ...more

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    • Birthplace: Messina, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
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