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Best Opera Singers in the World Today – Male Persuasion

By Galegirl

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?  

best opera singers in the world today – male persuasion

Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna

 - Marcelo Álvarez, Argentine lyric tenor  

 - Lawrence Brownlee, American tenor  

best opera singers in the world today – male persuasion

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee / photo by Andreas Klingberg

 - Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor  

 - Gerald Finley, Canadian bass-baritone  

 - Juan Diego Flórez, Peruvian tenor  

 - Ferruccio Furlanetto, Italian bass  

 - Thomas Hampson, American baritone  

best opera singers in the world today – male persuasion

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

 - Jonas Kaufmann, German spinto tenor  

 - Simon Keenlyside, British baritone  

 - James Morris, American bass-baritone  

 - René Pape, German bass  

best opera singers in the world today – male persuasion

Bass-bari Erwin Schrott

 -  Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan bass-baritone  

 - Stuart Skelton, Australian heldentenor  

 - Bryn Terfel, Welsh, bass-baritone  

 - John Tomlinson, English bass  

 - Ramón Vargas, Mexican tenor  

best opera singers in the world today – male persuasion
Tenor Ramon Vargas


Did I include your favorite male performer singing opera today? Write-ins are, of course, welcome in the comments.  

    Stop back tomorrow for the women!

And a special thank you, to all those providing input on Twitter.  

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