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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!


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    Francesco Rasi (14 May 1574 – 30 November 1621) was an Italian composer, singer (tenor), 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 court of Duke Vincent I in Mantua, and probably served the Gonzaga family the rest of his life, with whom he travelled all over Italy and as far afield as Poland. He sang in the first performances of Jacopo Peri's Euridice and Caccini's Il rapimento di Cefalo in 1600. In 1607 he created the title role in Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo, and in 1608 sang in...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1574-1621)
    • Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Poet, Composer
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    Luigi Rossi (c. 1597 – 20 February 1653) was an Italian Baroque composer. Rossi was born in Torremaggiore, a small town near Foggia, in the ancient kingdom of Naples and at an early age he went to Naples. There he studied music with the Franco-Flemish composer Jean de Macque who was organist of the Santa Casa dell’Annunziata and maestro di cappella to the Spanish viceroy. Rossi later entered the service of the Caetani, dukes of Traetta. Rossi composed just two operas: Il palazzo incantato, which was given at Rome in 1642; and Orfeo, written after he was invited by Cardinal Mazarin in 1646 to go to Paris for that purpose and given its premiere there in 1647. Rossi returned to France in 1648...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1597-1653)
    • Birthplace: Torremaggiore, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Composer, Organist
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    Vincenzo Maria Righini (22 January 1756 – 19 August 1812) was an Italian composer, singer and kapellmeister....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1756-1812)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Music pedagogue, Composer
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    Emanuel Schikaneder (1 September 1751 – 21 September 1812), born Johann Joseph Schickeneder, was a German impresario, dramatist, actor, singer, and composer. He wrote the libretto of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Magic Flute and was the builder of the Theater an der Wien. Peter Branscombe called him "one of the most talented theatre men of his era"....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1751-1812)
    • Birthplace: Straubing, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Impresario, Librettist, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: The Magic Flute
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