I’m a capable researcher using electronic technology (not to mention, that I work for a College and have great resources at my disposal). I was searching for someone’s–anyone’s–contemporary classification of the world’s best opera singers. I found a link to a dated USA Today article naming the best stars of the 1990’s. Interesting. But far from up-to-date.
I wanted to skip the venerable legends who are still alive but sing only occasionally, if at all. For the purposes of this list, I wasn’t looking for promising up-and-comers either, though they may be the subject of another post.
Who are the opera stars of today? Whom are we seeing onstage, watching with awe and admiration?
Since I didn’t have any contemporary articles to from which to choose candidates, I asked my “Operatoonity” followers on Twitter to help me put together a slate of favorite current performers.
Here then are all the male stars identified as top-of-the-heap. Which are your favorites?
– Roberto Alagna, French tenor
– Marcelo Álvarez, Argentine lyric tenor
– Lawrence Brownlee, American tenor
– Joseph Calleja, Maltese tenor
– Carlo Colombara, Italian bass
– Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor
– Gerald Finley, Canadian bass-baritone
– Juan Diego Flórez, Peruvian tenor
– Ferruccio Furlanetto, Italian bass
– Vittorio Grigolo, Italian tenor
– Thomas Hampson, American baritone
– Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
– Jonas Kaufmann, German spinto tenor
– Simon Keenlyside, British baritone
– Mariusz Kwiecień, Polish baritone
– James Morris, American bass-baritone
– René Pape, German bass
-Ruggero Raimondi, the Italian bass-baritone
– Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan bass-baritone
– Stuart Skelton, Australian heldentenor
– Bryn Terfel, Welsh, bass-baritone
– John Tomlinson, English bass
– Ramón Vargas, Mexican tenor
Did I include your favorite male performer singing opera today? Write-ins are, of course, welcome in the comments.
And a special thank you, to all those providing input on Twitter.