Flagstad or Gigli? Caruso or Jenkins? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle a field as large and diverse as the lyrical art, covering 10 centuries of history: there are many lyrical artists in the world. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English lyrical singer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Roberto Alagna, a French tenor, is more popular than the Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who is more renowned throughout the world.

Timeline of lyrical singers, between 1850 and 1900

Whoever wants to discover opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in this field. So : Flagstad (Norwegian opera singer) or Gigli (Italian opera singer) ? Krushelnytska (Ukrainian opera singer) or Lortzing (German opera composer) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular lyrical singers around the world, for those living or having lived between 1850 and 1900. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Lyrical singers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).

Top 10 lyrical singers for the years 1850-1900

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1850-1900 era? The carreer of these musician has marked the history of lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 lyrical singers, renowned artists from around the world:


The selections of musicians (lyrical singers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to the composers, their works, the performers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more lyrical singers. Lehmann, Schönburg-Waldenburg, Lind, Gardel, Tamagno, Balfe, Patti...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 13000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1850-1900, widely recognized around the world:

B

Georges BaklanoffThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1881-1938 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Meliton BalanchivadzeThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1862-1937 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Michael William <strong>Balfe</strong> Michael William BalfeThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1808-1870 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Maria BarrientosThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1884-1946 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jane BathoriThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1877-1970 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Mattia BattistiniThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1856-1928 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Johann Nepomuk BeckThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1827-1904 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Gemma BellincioniThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1864-1950 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Pierre BernacThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1899-1979 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Franz BetzThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1835-1900 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Alessandro BonciThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1870-1940 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Adelaide Borghi-MamoThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1826-1901 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Lucrezia BoriThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1887-1960 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Marianne BrandtThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1842-1921 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

<strong>Bulbul</strong> BulbulThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1897-1961 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Clara ButtThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1872-1936 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


C

Emma CalvéThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1858-1942 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Eduardo di <strong>Capua</strong> Eduardo di CapuaThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1865-1917 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Hoagy <strong>Carmichael</strong> Hoagy CarmichaelThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1899-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Ludwig Schnorr von CarolsfeldThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1836-1865 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Teresa <strong>Carreño</strong> Teresa CarreñoThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1853-1917 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Enrico <strong>Caruso</strong> Enrico CarusoThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1873-1921 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Lina CavalieriThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1874-1944 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Feodor <strong>Chaliapin</strong> Feodor ChaliapinThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1873-1938 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

George M. <strong>Cohan</strong> George M. CohanThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1878-1942 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Florencio ConstantinoThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1869-1919 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Peter CorneliusThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1865-1934 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Clorinda CorradiThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1804-1877 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Antonio CotogniThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1831-1918 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Noël <strong>Coward</strong> Noël CowardThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1899-1973 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Julia CulpThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1880-1970 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


G

Johanna GadskiThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1872-1932 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Amelita Galli-CurciThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1882-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Célestine <strong>Galli-Marié</strong> Célestine Galli-MariéThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1840-1905 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Manuel <strong>García</strong> Manuel GarcíaThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1805-1906 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Carlos <strong>Gardel</strong> Carlos GardelThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1890-1935 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Mary GardenThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1874-1967 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Malvina GarriguesThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1825-1904 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Éva GauthierThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1885-1958 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Maria GayThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1876-1943 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Elena GerhardtThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1883-1961 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Etelka GersterThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1855-1920 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Antonio GhislanzoniThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1824-1893 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Beniamino <strong>Gigli</strong> Beniamino GigliThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1890-1957 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Alma GluckThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1884-1938 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Carlotta GrisiThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1819-1899 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Giulia GrisiThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1811-1869 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Ellen GulbransonThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1863-1947 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


M

Shovkat MammadovaThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1897-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Mathilde MarchesiThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1821-1913 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Giovanni Matteo de <strong>Mario</strong> Giovanni Matteo de MarioThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1810-1883 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Giovanni MartinelliThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1885-1969 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Amalie MaternaThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1844-1918 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Margaret MatzenauerThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1881-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Victor MaurelThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1848-1923 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

John McCormackThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1884-1945 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nellie <strong>Melba</strong> Nellie MelbaThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1861-1931 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Lauritz MelchiorThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1890-1973 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anna von MildenburgThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1872-1947 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Marie Caroline Miolan-CarvalhoThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1827-1895 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Tamaki MiuraThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1884-1946 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Dagmar MöllerThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1866-1956 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Toti Dal dal MonteThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1893-1975 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Grace <strong>Moore</strong> Grace MooreThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1898-1947 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Alessandro MoreschiThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1858-1922 (Romantic)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Claudia MuzioThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1889-1936 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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František ŠkroupThe great 19th-century lyrical singers (1850-1900)
1801-1862 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer


Some lyrical singers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous lyrical singers:

on 3, Audra Mcdonald (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 12, Keith Andes (1920-2005), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 14, Luis Mariano (1914-1970), 50th anniversary (Death),
on 19, Aldo Protti (1920-1995), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Bernhard Landauer (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-06-01

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