The great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)

 

Viardot or Norman? Pavarotti or Rebroff? 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 1900 and 1950

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 : Viardot (French mezzo-soprano and composer) or Norman (American opera singer) ? Freni (Italian soprano) or Monaco (Italian opera singer) ? 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 1900 and 1950. 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 1900-1950

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1900-1950 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. Tebaldi, Corelli, Sutherland, Patti, Zakaryan, Domingo, Caballé...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 13000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1900-1950, widely recognized around the world:

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Janet <strong>Baker</strong> Janet BakerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Meliton BalanchivadzeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1862-1937 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Agnes <strong>Baltsa</strong> Agnes BaltsaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 75 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Franco <strong>Battiato</strong> Franco BattiatoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 75 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Mattia BattistiniThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1856-1928 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Kathleen <strong>Battle</strong> Kathleen BattleThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Hildegard BehrensThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1937-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Cathy BerberianThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1925-1983 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Teresa <strong>Berganza</strong> Teresa BerganzaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 87 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Carlo <strong>Bergonzi</strong> Carlo BergonziThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1924-2014 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Walter BerryThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1929-2000 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jussi <strong>Björling</strong> Jussi BjörlingThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1911-1960 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kurt BöhmeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1908-1989 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

<strong>Bulbul</strong> BulbulThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1897-1961 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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Montserrat <strong>Caballé</strong> Montserrat CaballéThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1933-2018 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Maria <strong>Callas</strong> Maria CallasThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1923-1977 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Emma CalvéThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1858-1942 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Piero CappuccilliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1929-2005 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Eduardo di <strong>Capua</strong> Eduardo di CapuaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1865-1917 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Kitty CarlisleThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1910-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Hoagy <strong>Carmichael</strong> Hoagy CarmichaelThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1899-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Teresa <strong>Carreño</strong> Teresa CarreñoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1853-1917 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

José <strong>Carreras</strong> José CarrerasThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Enrico <strong>Caruso</strong> Enrico CarusoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1847-1921 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Lisa Della della <strong>Casa</strong> Lisa Della della CasaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1919-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Maria <strong>Cebotari</strong> Maria CebotariThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1910-1949 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Feodor <strong>Chaliapin</strong> Feodor ChaliapinThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1873-1938 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Boris <strong>Christoff</strong> Boris ChristoffThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1914-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Franco <strong>Corelli</strong> Franco CorelliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1921-2003 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Fiorenza <strong>Cossotto</strong> Fiorenza CossottoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 85 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Ileana <strong>Cotrubaș</strong> Ileana CotrubașThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 81 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Noël <strong>Coward</strong> Noël CowardThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1899-1973 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer


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Amelita Galli-CurciThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1882-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Célestine <strong>Galli-Marié</strong> Célestine Galli-MariéThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1840-1905 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Carlos <strong>Gardel</strong> Carlos GardelThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1890-1935 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Mary GardenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1874-1967 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Gohar <strong>Gasparyan</strong> Gohar GasparyanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1924-2007 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nicolai <strong>Gedda</strong> Nicolai GeddaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1925-2017 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Leyla <strong>Gencer</strong> Leyla GencerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1928-2008 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anna <strong>German</strong> Anna GermanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1936-1982 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Nicolai <strong>Ghiaurov</strong> Nicolai GhiaurovThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1929-2004 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Beniamino <strong>Gigli</strong> Beniamino GigliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1890-1957 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Alma GluckThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1884-1938 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Tito <strong>Gobbi</strong> Tito GobbiThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1913-1984 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Rita GorrThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1926-2012 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Kathryn <strong>Grayson</strong> Kathryn GraysonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1922-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Edita <strong>Gruberová</strong> Edita GruberováThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Friedrich <strong>Gulda</strong> Friedrich GuldaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1930-2000 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer


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Jeanette <strong>MacDonald</strong> Jeanette MacDonaldThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1903-1965 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1942-2008 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Shovkat MammadovaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1897-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Giovanni MartinelliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1885-1969 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Éva MartonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Amalie MaternaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1844-1918 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Victor MaurelThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1848-1923 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Nellie <strong>Melba</strong> Nellie MelbaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1861-1931 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Lauritz MelchiorThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1890-1973 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Robert <strong>Merrill</strong> Robert MerrillThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1917-2004 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Mady <strong>Mesplé</strong> Mady MespléThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1931-2020 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Zinka MilanovThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1906-1989 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anna von MildenburgThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1872-1947 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Sherrill MilnesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 85 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anna <strong>Moffo</strong> Anna MoffoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1932-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kurt MollThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1938-2017 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Mario Del del <strong>Monaco</strong> Mario Del del MonacoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1915-1982 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Grace <strong>Moore</strong> Grace MooreThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1898-1947 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Alessandro MoreschiThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1858-1922 (Romantic)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Edda MoserThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 81 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Claudia MuzioThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1889-1936 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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Tito SchipaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1889-1965 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Princess Sophie of Schönburg-WaldenburgThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1885-1936 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Peter <strong>Schreier</strong> Peter SchreierThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1935-2019 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Elisabeth SchumannThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1888-1952 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Elisabeth <strong>Schwarzkopf</strong> Elisabeth SchwarzkopfThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1915-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Renata <strong>Scotto</strong> Renata ScottoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Irmgard SeefriedThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1919-1988 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Pilar Lorenza García SetaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1928-1996 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Cesare SiepiThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1923-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Beverly <strong>Sills</strong> Beverly SillsThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1929-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Giulietta <strong>Simionato</strong> Giulietta SimionatoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1910-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Elisabeth <strong>Söderström</strong> Elisabeth SöderströmThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1927-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anatoliy <strong>Solovyanenko</strong> Anatoliy SolovyanenkoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1932-1999 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Frederica von StadeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 75 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Giuseppe Di di <strong>Stefano</strong> Giuseppe Di di StefanoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1921-2008 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Joan <strong>Sutherland</strong> Joan SutherlandThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1926-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


Some lyrical singers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 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 1, Sophie Dietz (1820-1887), 200th anniversary (Birth),
on 6, Anders Näslund (1920-1974), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 9, Jussi Björling (1911-1960), 60th anniversary (Death),
on 16, Mark Schultz (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 20, Gilles Binchois (1400-1460), 560th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

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

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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