Lawrence (Larry) Rosenfield on February 12, 2012: I've loved opera since before I remember, thanks to my parents.I turned 70 years young last month and Thursday I'm going to The Met's HD download of Siegfried. StellaSee from California on February 08, 2012: Renee Fleming is awesome, her voice is so versatile! Apart from singing just about every bass role in the German repertoire, he has mastered Méphistophélès in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen and the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila. It is characterized by depth, and his acting talent is also characterized by versatility. “A deceptively light, lyrical voice which can surmount the greatest challenges of bel canto with seemingly effortless ease.”  Anthony Clarke. Such a clear, lovely voice. Abbado Her sex appeal makes the soprano a marketer’s dream, and she sells records in figures that make pop singers gasp. Decca 4459462. At 45, Pape is the ideal age for the role. Best of Joyce: Mozart's aria Non so Piu from Le Nozze di Figaro highlights her sparkling high range and excellent interpretive qualities. Best of Elina: Her 2010 rendition of Carmen received great acclaim and is powerfully rendered, with lots of nuance. Kaufmann has taken a slightly too highbrow path to repeat the stadium success of The Three Tenors – but his talent is a match for any of theirs. One of Bartoli’s first and finest excursions into obscure repertoire: a whirlwind of revelatory virtuosity. Opera artists are traditionally prepared vocal experts who have dominated the craft of acting and stage presence. The beloved soprano reflects on her new role as WAAPA’s Head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies ahead of her From Broadway to La Scala tour. Oh, and I would love to see Renee Fleming's rendition of Streetcar-- I'm sure it will be amazing! Vivacious, energetic, and possessing a powerful mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato is a rising star in the opera world. What a blessing to live in such a culturally rich city as Chicago! Watchlist. She is a force to be reckoned with in the world of opera . Decca 4663562. Technically sound, a charming voice, and charismatic, communicative performances make Dawn Upshaw a delightful singer. Decca 421 053-2. She has a pure, sweet, clear voice, which to me is perfect. The noble metal in the mezzo’s voice is a perfect foil for Netrebko’s creamy tone. Her interpretations lean toward the more subtle than DiDonato's overt expressions. They hail from all over the world, with hometowns ranging from Ningbo, China, to Appleton, Wisconsin. Today, he has sung his way through a staggering 128 opera roles, more than any other tenor in history. "Yet others believe that the best torch-bearers for this generation are the so-called "cross-over artist"... artists, no? (Ironically, she used to wash the floors there while a student.). The commitment, depth and sincerity of her singing, though, must surely be admired. Pape also filmed the parts of The Speaker and Sarastro for Kenneth Branagh’s version of The Magic Flute. Some are well established and possibly in the twilight years of their careers, while others are in their fresh-faced, beautiful beginnings. He is also a Bulgarian opera singer and very famous bass after the war. Known in opera circles as a lyric tenor of quality since his Met debut in 1965, he became a household name as one of the Three Tenors, bursting into the living rooms of more than a billion viewers during the 1990 World Cup. Virgin Classics 6945790. She is also among her generation’s finest interpreters of Lucia di Lammermoor, bringing a raw fragility to the role while maintaining the technique to assail every roulade and trill of Donizetti’s score. She is also a fearless vocal technician, handling the thorniest Rossini parts – the title role of La Cenerentola and Elena in La Donna del Lago – with stupendous ease. Rarely has the role of Sarastro been sung with such beauty.”  Roberta Small. Plácido Domingo, ten; Jessye Norman, sop; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar; Vienna Philharmonic/Solti. Had we gathered a panel 30 years ago, Plácido Domingo would have made the list. And did we mention that they’ve all sang at LAO before? The Famous female opera singers today. Community. You can hear Lawrence Brownlee here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXCwukCdWmg. She did it her way. There are still whispers in the far corners of the opera world over whether or not Elizabeth Schwarzkopf was guilty of producing her high notes with tension, and a hush falls over those who have been inspired by Leontyne Price whenever her name is mentioned. His Wagner is more lyrical than that of most basses, as he strives to sing in long, lyrical lines, inspired by the approach of Plácido Domingo (with whom he sang Wagner in Berlin, Munich and New York). But later in 2010 she reprises Carmen at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. He has one solo album under his belt, for Deutsche Grammophon, entitled Gods, Kings & Demons, which just about sums up all the opera roles he is called upon to play. :). All. Dorothea Röschmann, sop; Today we have collected 10 of the most famous opera singers and singers. Especially breath-taking are her renditions of spirituals, a nod to her African-American roots that make them more emotive and powerful than practically any other recording you will find. Thank you C, so nice to meet you here. Pape’s central bass voice has all the guts of a basso profondo, and is so huge it seems his massive frame was designed especially to house it. 4 in G right now--so beautiful. From famous opera singers to the lesser-known opera singers in history and today, these are the top opera singers in the music world. Fans of Fleming may declare themselves prepared to bask forever in the sheer loveliness of her sound, but it seems the soprano herself is more restless. “DiDonato is an unbelievably generous singer, who shares the joy of her talent with the audience in every role.”  Steven Murdoch. Joyce Didonato, ms; Juan Diego Florez, ten; Pietro Spagnoli, bar; Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House/Pappano You might notice that sopranos and tenors make up 90% of the list. Watch them intently and you’ll begin to see things, similar to how they never set forth an abundant excess exertion when they sing. =:). Today there is no dearth of famous opera singers today. Netrebko, who regularly turns up on the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, rose to fame in style. A beautiful woman with a wonderful sound, compelling artistry and innate musicality.”  Maree Ryan. Famous opera singers today. His first solo was then released in the year 2020. Perhaps the supreme testament to her popular fame is her inclusion in the TIME 100 list – the magazine’s rather whimsical list of the world’s most influential people. Help Center Contributor Zone Polls. Its innovative livestreaming program, which introduces primary school students to opera, returns this month. Decca 4526022. DG 439 805-2. Decca 0743312. He is incredibly good-- I like the depth his voice has, especially for a tenor. Bel Canto =:). Dessay rose to fame as a proponent of two fiendish cornerstones of the coloratura repertoire, Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Strauss’s Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), flying fearlessly into the stratosphere while determinedly unearthing new dramatic subtleties in both roles. :) What a gift from your mom, making something so beautiful part of every day life. by Fred Plotkin. But, like most of the singers on this list, Kaufmann has made a career out of his versatility, garnering plaudits for his roles in Italian, French and, of course, German opera. Stay up to date with all the latest arts news with a weekly round-up of news, reviews and features by Australia's finest arts journalists. "The Russian soprano who set the opera world on it's ears, Netrebko..." should be its, right? The darling of the Met and one of the few modern American sopranos to gain world-wide recognition, Renee Fleming has rightly earned her moniker of "The Beautiful Voice". Renée Fleming, sop; Orchestra of St Luke’s/Mackerras. Though her opera career was cut short when she was fired from the Met in 1994 for "unprofessional actions", she still had enough credentials in having worked with the likes of Herbert von Karajan and James Levine to not disappear from the music world. With immense talent and a voice that seems to get even better as it ages, Bartoli has been and remains an operatic force to be reckoned with. Thanks for stopping by! Some people say that the outstanding female opera singers are the ones from the past generation but have you heard Maariana Vikse the Mezzo-Soprano sing? If you mention the name Barbara Bonney, there may not be many faces that light up with recognition, but it certainly is not her fault. Cleopatra One of opera’s more curious recent trends has been the burgeoning phenomenon of so-called “barihunks” – baritones known as much for their good looks and frequent shirtlessness as they are for their vocal talents. Clearly, it is difficult to create a position and reputation for yourself. Their work in top conservatories and young-artist programs — as well as their victories in the most prestigious competitions — has already won them attention. With a career of such endurance and artistic integrity under her belt, she has surely earned the right to live a little dangerously. Returning to perform in Opera in the Market after a decade, the soprano discusses what it's like to work with young singers, her artistic ethos, and the joys of audience reaction. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek discusses her upcoming debut with Opera Australia in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, playing a spoilt noblewoman, and how she keeps in character in the wings. The suitability of her voice colour for that repertoire was noted by her first singing teacher in Latvia, whose advice rang true when, in 1998, with only ten days’ notice, Garanca performed the role of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Rossini’s wife and muse Isabella Colbran is given a lavish tribute by the spirited DiDonato. Aside from acting in opera, Beczala also signed a multi-album contract with the production Pentatone. Juan Diego Flórez, ten; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/R. She also now has a growing fan following. The timbre, though bright and distinctive, can take on a nasal edge, while his natural limitations – both vocal and temperamental – keep him out of the repertoire’s more swoon-inducing and melodramatic roles. Decca 4458662. It takes a lot of work for a true bass to get a solo recording contract. Limelight‘s panel of experts presents 12 opera stars making musical history. Opera Arias With Norman and Solti in their prime, Domingo brings a gorgeous, Italianate sense of line to the title role. His wide-eyed Papageno, filmed at the Royal Opera, was a revelation, while his performances as Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet have a gravitas which belies the opera’s silliness. PPO/Armiliato. Let's not even discuss i, No, no,no,no. His renown far predates the term, and in any case, his eloquent artistry and keen intelligence are more than enough to support his ascendancy in the operatic firmament. You can find a few live recordings on her site, yuliavandoren.com. The best living opera singers on this list range every voice type and include talented musicians like Roberto Alagna, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Angela Gheorghiu, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and Cecilia Bartoli. Rossini Matilde di Shabran Staatskapelle Dresden/Sebastian Weigle Soon to unveil her Norma for Melbourne Opera, the Australian soprano talks about the challenges of accompanied recitative, the tension between words and music, and putting her own stamp on bel canto's Mt Everest. Schumann Dichterliebe; Brahms Lieder collegatariat (author) on February 12, 2012: Thanks for stopping by Larry! These short pieces by everyone from Dvorák to Guastavino match Netrebko’s voice, rather than popular taste. Save 50% on a digital subscription and get full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines. “Kaufmann has Wunderlich’s magical fusion of Heldentenor power and lyrical tenderness in equal quantities.”  Greg Keane. Erika Miklósa, sop; Christoph Strehl, ten; René Pape, bass; Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Abbado, Decca’s Birgit box and another rare opera from Sony’s vault. Listening to the famous opera singers today, could help you achieve that. The irrepressible mezzo tells us about her latest album, Antonio Vivaldi, Limelight's Recording of the Month in March. It was a triumphant Salzburg Festival debut in 2002 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni that led her to be known as  “das Wunder von Salzburg”. Personally, I aspire to sing like Elina Garanca in the future, but I've got lots of work to do... :). She is ever broadening her repertoire, from little known Handel masterpieces to modern works, giving the same energy to everything she does. She stood firmly behind Mary Zimmerman’s controversially modernised, Her true lyric voice, while it lacks the agility to shine in, Bartoli’s singing can be as unorthodox, and as audience-dividing, as her career path, able to inspire intense devotion and vehement criticism. Renée Fleming, sop; Ben Heppner, ten; Eva Urbanová, ms; Iván Kusnjer, bar; CPO/Mackerras. As a singer, he says he wants to bring more Mozart to Wagner, and more Wagner to Mozart. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3lRdb5BSGA&fea... Hello Lzaus! Gods, Kings & Demons  Her chosen path in lesser-known music hasn't given her the limelight she deserves, but if you listen to her recordings, it's not likely that you won't become a Bonney fan. The Vagabond Though she keeps up lots of drama in real life, she has plenty of it left for the stage and is a well rounded performer with a silky soprano that can keep up with the best of them. 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