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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!


  • Luciano Pavarotti (, also US: , Italian: [luˈtʃaːno pavaˈrɔtti]; 12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) 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 quality of his tone, and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century, achieving the honorific title "king of the high C's".As one of the Three Tenors who performed their first concert during the 1990 FIFA World Cup before a global audience, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
    • Birthplace: Modena, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Spectre, Man on Fire, The Goonies, The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994

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  • Andrea Bocelli
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    Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdreːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer. Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli," and David Foster, a record producer, often describes Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world.Following a football accident, Bocelli was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, becoming completely blind at age 12. Since 1982, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide. He has had success as a...  more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Andrea Bocelli: A Night in Tuscany, Sarah Brightman in Concert, Céline Dion: These Are Special Times, Tuscan Skies ~ Andrea Bocelli ~

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  • Plácido Domingo
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    José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Although primarily a lirico-spinto tenor for most of his career, especially popular for his Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Don José, and Canio, he quickly moved into more dramatic roles, becoming the most acclaimed Otello of his generation. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts, most notably Simon Boccanegra. He has...  more
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Retiro
    • Nationality: Spain
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Great Performances, La Traviata, Otello, Carmen

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  • Peter Pears
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    Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears ( PEERZ; 22 June 1910 – 3 April 1986) was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years. Pears' 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...  more
    • Age: Dec. 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
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