Battle or Foster? Peters or London? 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 in North America

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 : Battle (American opera singer) or Foster (Canadian musician, record producer, songwriter) ? Horne (American mezzo-soprano opera singer) or Sills (opera soprano (1929-2007)) ? 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 en North America, 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 in North America for the years 1900-1950

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1900-1950 era in North America? 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. Hendricks, Lanza, Vickers, Norman, Callas, Jenkins, Legrand...

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, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

A

Adele AddisonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 94 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Pierrette AlarieThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1921-2011 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Licia AlbaneseThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1909-2014 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Emma AlbaniThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1847-1930 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Frances Davis AldaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1879-1952 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Roberta AlexanderThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Betty AllenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1927-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jeannine AltmeyerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lucine AmaraThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 93 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Marian <strong>Anderson</strong> Marian AndersonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1897-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Keith AndesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1920-2005 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Charles AnthonyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1929-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Karan ArmstrongThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 78 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Desi <strong>Arnaz</strong> Desi ArnazThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1917-1986 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Martina ArroyoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 84 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Arleen AugerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1939-1993 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


C

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

Gabor CarelliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1915-1999 (20th century)
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

Annie Louise CaryThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1842-1921 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Anna CaseThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1888-1984 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nico CastelThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1931-2015 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Néstor Mesta ChairesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1908-1971 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lili ChookasianThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1921-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Charles W. ClarkThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1865-1925 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

George M. <strong>Cohan</strong> George M. CohanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1878-1942 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Belle ColeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1853-1905 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Mary CostaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 90 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Richard CrooksThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1900-1972 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


H

Charles HackettThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1889-1942 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Robert HaleThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Mack HarrellThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1909-1960 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

John HartfordThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1937-2001 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Minnie HaukThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1851-1929 (Romantic)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Roland HayesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1887-1977 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Claude HeaterThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 92 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Barbara <strong>Hendricks</strong> Barbara HendricksThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Jerome HinesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1921-2003 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Florence HinkleThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1885-1933 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Edmund HockridgeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1919-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Ron HolgateThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 83 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Louise HomerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1871-1947 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Marilyn <strong>Horne</strong> Marilyn HorneThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kathleen HowardThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1884-1956 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Agnes HuntingtonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1864-1953 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


M

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

Cornell MacNeilThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1922-2011 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jean MadeiraThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1918-1972 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Catherine MalfitanoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Lois MarshallThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1924-1997 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Riccardo MartinThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1874-1952 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Margaret MatzenauerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1881-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

John McCormackThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1884-1945 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

James <strong>McCracken</strong> James McCrackenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1926-1988 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Rod McKuenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1933-2015 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Ethel <strong>Merman</strong> Ethel MermanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1908-1984 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Julia MigenesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Reed MillerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1880-1923 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Richard MillerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1926-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Michael MinskyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1918-1988 (20th century)
Conductor & Lyrical singer

Leona MitchellThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 70 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Meredith <strong>Monk</strong> Meredith MonkThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Rita MontanerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1900-1958 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

James <strong>Morris</strong> James MorrisThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


S

Friedrich SchorrThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1888-1953 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Ernestine Schumann-HeinkThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1861-1936 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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

Neil ShicoffThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 70 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

George <strong>Shirley</strong> George ShirleyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Léopold SimoneauThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1916-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Eleanor SteberThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1916-1990 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jim SteinmanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Risë StevensThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1913-2013 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Thomas StewartThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1928-2006 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Teresa StratasThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
age 82 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Fyodor StravinskyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1900-1950)
1843-1902 (Romantic)
Composer & 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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