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List of popular opera singers from United Kingdom, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best British 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 United Kingdom, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from United Kingdom?" and "Who are the greatest British opera singers?"

You can click on the names of these historic opera singers of United Kingdom 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 British opera singers to find some operas or musicals that you might really enjoy.
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Carolyn Watkinson


The English mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson is a well-known singer of baroque music. Her voice is alternately characterized as mezzo-soprano and contralto. Watkinson was born in Preston and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and in The Hague. In 1978 she sang Rameau's Ph├Ędre at the ...more

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Birthplace: Preston, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Type: Mezzo-soprano

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Dan Beddoe


Dan Beddoe was a popular Welsh tenor. Beddoe was born in Aberdare. Some of his recordings can still be heard. ...more

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Birthplace: Aberdare, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Dame Felicity Joan Palmer, DBE, is an English mezzo-soprano and music professor. She sang soprano roles until 1983. Palmer was born in Cheltenham. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and under Marianne Schech's guidance at the Munich College for Music and Theatre. In ...more

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Birthplace: England, Cheltenham

Nationality: United Kingdom

Type: Mezzo-soprano

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Jennifer Vyvyan was a British classical soprano who had an active international career in operas, concerts, and recitals from 1948 up until her death in 1974. She possessed a beautifully clear, steady voice with considerable flexibility in florid music. She was praised for her subtle phrasing and ...more

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Birthplace: Broadstairs, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Kenneth McKellar was a Scottish tenor. ...more

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Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Type: Tenor

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Margaret Marshall


Margaret Anne Marshall OBE is a Scottish soprano. Marshall was born in Stirling. Her career started in the 1970s and she has sung a wide range of classical and operatic roles. Margaret Marshall's achievements were recognised in 1999 when she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire ...more

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Birthplace: Stirling, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Philip Gordon Langridge CBE was an English tenor, considered to be among the foremost exponents of English opera and oratorio. Langridge was born in Hawkhurst, Kent, educated at Maidstone Grammar School and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He started his career as an orchestral ...more

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Birthplace: Hawkhurst, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Type: Tenor

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Roland Cunningham


Roland Macquarie Cunningham was an Australian-born British singer and actor of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. He began his professional career in comic opera in London in 1895 and appeared briefly with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1899. In the early years of the next century, he ...more

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Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

Nationality: United Kingdom

Type: Tenor

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