Opera Famous Male Opera Singers

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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 brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the upper register—and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century. As one of the Three Tenors, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. From the beginning of his professional career as a tenor in 1961 in Italy to his final performance of "Nessun dorma" at the 2006 Winter ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 72 (1935-2007)

Birthplace: Italy, Modena

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Opera Singer, Actor

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

Also Ranked

#30 on The Best Singers of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#63 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#2 on The Greatest Tenors 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 hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He has had success as a crossover performer bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. In 1998, he was named one of People '​s 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. "The Prayer", his duet ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

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 ~

Also Ranked

#77 on The Best Singers of All Time

#52 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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

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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 director of the Los Angeles Opera in California. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Also Ranked

#2 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#4 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#10 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 despite the efforts of some of his friends, it was not until he met Britten in 1937 that he threw himself wholeheartedly into singing. Once he and Britten were established as a partnership, the composer wrote many concert and operatic works with Pears's voice in mind, and the singer created roles in more than ten operas by his partner. In the concert hall, Pears and Britten were celebrated ...more on Wikipedia

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

Also Ranked

#73 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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