List of Famous Tenors People

List of Famous Tenors

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List of the most notable and famous tenors in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent tenors worldwide and top tenors in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable tenors to the lesser known tenors in history and today, these are the top tenors in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous tenors in the world?". List features people like Francesco Albanese and Thomas Spencer-Wortley. You can use this factual list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (14 Items)


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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, Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more
    • 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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    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 director of ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Retiro
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Great Performances, La Traviata, Otello, Carmen, + more
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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: 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: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality
    • 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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    Thomas Spencer-Wortley is an English classical crossover singer. Thomas is the brother of the British composer, Oliver Spencer-Wortley.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Profession: Singer
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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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    • Age: Died at 48 (1873-1921)
    • Birthplace: Naples, Italy
    • Profession: Singer
    • Credits: Una furtiva lagrima
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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 hits ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Europe, Province of Pisa, Lajatico, Eurasia, Italy, + more
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: My Christmas Special, Credo: John Paul II, Homage to Rome, The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert, La Bohème, + more
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    Lauritz Melchior
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    Lauritz Melchior was a Danish and later American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1890-1973)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Ed Sullivan Show, Thrill of a Romance, This Time for Keeps, Luxury Liner, The Stars Are Singing, + more
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    Beniamino Gigli was an Italian opera singer. The most famous tenor of his generation, he was renowned internationally for the great beauty of his voice and the soundness of his vocal technique. Music critics sometimes took him to task, however, for what was perceived to be the over-emotionalism of his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1890-1957)
    • Birthplace: Recanati, Italy
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Marionette, Soho Conspiracy, Vergiss mein nicht, Non Ti Scordar Di Me, Gigli: Ridi Pagliaccio, + more
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    Jon Vickers

    Jonathan Stewart Vickers, CC, known professionally as Jon Vickers, is a retired Canadian heldentenor. Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he was the sixth in a family of eight children. In 1950, he was awarded a scholarship to study opera at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1957 Vickers ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Prince Albert, Canada
    • Profession: Singer
    • Credits: Bellini: Norma, Great Tenor Performances, Opera Hits, Samson et Dalila: The Royal Opera, Tristan und Isolde, + more
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