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List of notable or famous male tenors, with photos. The world's leading tenors are unsurprisingly men. These famous tenor singers have provided some of the most distinguished vocals in history.

List of notable famous male tenors includes Luciano Pavarotti, Francesco Albanese, Jose Carreras and Paul Potts.

You may want to copy this list to make your own list of favorite tenors. List is alphabetical & sortable by column. The gentlemen who are the best male vocalists are on this list. In addition to the tenors listed above, the opera singers on this list are some of the most famous in both modern times and in the history of one of the most exquisite art forms in the world. The booming vocals and soothing tenor sounds have won over fans all over the world and helped enhance the art form known as opera.
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Tenors
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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: Modena, Italy

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#31 on The Best Singers of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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#2 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Tenors
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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

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#71 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Tenors
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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 when he signed with MGM. His mother's maiden name was Maria Lanza. After appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in 1947. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 38 (1921-1959)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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#37 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Tenors
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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 career that encompassed over 60 roles, performed in the world's leading opera houses and in numerous recordings. He gained fame with a wider audience as one of The Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

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#19 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#29 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

#18 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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