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Famous Opera Singers from England

Updated October 13, 2018 30.1k views9 items

List of popular opera singers from England, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best British opera singers, along with bits of information such as what year they were born in and where they were born. If you're searching for a particular famous opera singer from England, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

Examples include Ian Bostridge and Nyle Wolfe.

This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from England?" and "Who are the greatest British opera singers?"

You can click on the names of these historic opera singers of England in order to get more information about each one. If you're an opera lover or just love music in general, then use this list of renowned British opera singers to find some operas or musicals that you might really enjoy.
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    Agnes Nicholls

    Agnes Nicholls (14 July 1876 [some sources say 1877] – 21 September 1959) was one of the greatest English sopranos of the 20th century, both in the concert hall and on the operatic stage. Born in Cheltenham in the picturesque Cotswolds, Nicholls was the daughter of a music-loving draper. She received her early education at Bedford High School where she started singing lessons with Dr H. Alfred Harding. In 1894, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where her teacher was Albert Visetti. During her student years she took the part of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and sang three times in front of Queen Victoria at private functions. Nicholls' voice matured into an...  more
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      Carolyn Watkinson

      The English mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson (born 19 March 1949) is a well-known singer of baroque music. Her voice is alternately characterized as mezzo-soprano and contralto. Watkinson was born in Preston and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and in The Hague. In 1978 she sang Rameau's Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie) at the English Bach Festival at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1979 she appeared as Monteverdi's Nero (L'incoronazione di Poppea) with De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. Also in 1979 she was featured as the contralto soloist in Christopher Hogwood's landmark recording of Handel's Messiah, with the Academy of Ancient Music. In 1981 Watkinson made her...  more
      • Ian Charles Bostridge CBE (born 25 December 1964) is an English tenor, well known for his performances as an opera and lieder singer....  more
        • Dame Josephine Clare Barstow, (born 27 September 1940) is an English opera singer and soprano....  more