Solovyanenko or Bocelli? Pavarotti or Bartoli? 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 1950 and 2000+

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 : Solovyanenko (Ukrainian singer) or Bocelli (Italian tenor and singer-songwriter) ? Caballé (Spanish operatic soprano) or Schwarzkopf (German opera soprano) ? 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 1950 and 2000+. 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 1950-2000+

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1950-2000+ 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. Callas, Nilsson, Tebaldi, Vassili, Koutcher, Carreras, Padín...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 13000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1950-2000+, widely recognized around the world:

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Janet <strong>Baker</strong> Janet BakerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 86 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Agnes <strong>Baltsa</strong> Agnes BaltsaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 75 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Filip <strong>Bandžak</strong> Filip BandžakThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 36 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Cecilia <strong>Bartoli</strong> Cecilia BartoliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 53 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nikolay <strong>Baskov</strong> Nikolay BaskovThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 43 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kathleen <strong>Battle</strong> Kathleen BattleThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Hildegard BehrensThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1937-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Teresa <strong>Berganza</strong> Teresa BerganzaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 87 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Carlo <strong>Bergonzi</strong> Carlo BergonziThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1924-2014 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Jussi <strong>Björling</strong> Jussi BjörlingThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1911-1960 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea BocelliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 61 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Sarah <strong>Brightman</strong> Sarah BrightmanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 59 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Oleg <strong>Bryzhak</strong> Oleg BryzhakThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1960-2015 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Vincent BuenoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 34 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Urs <strong>Bühler</strong> Urs BühlerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 48 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

<strong>Bulbul</strong> BulbulThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1897-1961 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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Amelita Galli-CurciThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1882-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Elīna <strong>Garanča</strong> Elīna GarančaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 43 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Aida <strong>Garifullina</strong> Aida GarifullinaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 32 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Gohar <strong>Gasparyan</strong> Gohar GasparyanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1924-2007 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nicolai <strong>Gedda</strong> Nicolai GeddaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1925-2017 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Leyla <strong>Gencer</strong> Leyla GencerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1928-2008 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anna <strong>German</strong> Anna GermanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1936-1982 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Angela <strong>Gheorghiu</strong> Angela GheorghiuThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 54 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Nicolai <strong>Ghiaurov</strong> Nicolai GhiaurovThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1929-2004 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Beniamino <strong>Gigli</strong> Beniamino GigliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1890-1957 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Tito <strong>Gobbi</strong> Tito GobbiThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1913-1984 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Alenka GotarThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 43 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kathryn <strong>Grayson</strong> Kathryn GraysonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1922-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Vittorio <strong>Grigolo</strong> Vittorio GrigoloThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 43 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Edita <strong>Gruberová</strong> Edita GruberováThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Maria <strong>Guleghina</strong> Maria GuleghinaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 60 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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Jeanette <strong>MacDonald</strong> Jeanette MacDonaldThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1903-1965 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1942-2008 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Clint <strong>Mansell</strong> Clint MansellThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 57 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Carlos MarínThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 51 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Giovanni MartinelliThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1885-1969 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Éva MartonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 76 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Karita <strong>Mattila</strong> Karita MattilaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 59 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Audra <strong>Mcdonald</strong> Audra McdonaldThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 49 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Zinka MilanovThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1906-1989 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

David MillerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 47 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Kate <strong>Miller-Heidke</strong> Kate Miller-HeidkeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 38 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Sherrill MilnesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 85 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kurt MollThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1938-2017 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Mario Del del <strong>Monaco</strong> Mario Del del MonacoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1915-1982 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Inva <strong>Mula</strong> Inva MulaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 56 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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Lea <strong>Salonga</strong> Lea SalongaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 49 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Andreas <strong>Scholl</strong> Andreas SchollThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 52 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Peter <strong>Schreier</strong> Peter SchreierThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1935-2019 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Elisabeth <strong>Schwarzkopf</strong> Elisabeth SchwarzkopfThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1915-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Renata <strong>Scotto</strong> Renata ScottoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Irmgard SeefriedThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1919-1988 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Pilar Lorenza García SetaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1928-1996 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anoushka ShankarThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 38 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Emma ShapplinThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 46 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Cesare SiepiThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1923-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nadine <strong>Sierra</strong> Nadine SierraThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 32 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Beverly <strong>Sills</strong> Beverly SillsThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1929-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Giulietta <strong>Simionato</strong> Giulietta SimionatoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1910-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Elisabeth SöderströmThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1927-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Didrik <strong>Solli-Tangen</strong> Didrik Solli-TangenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 32 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anatoliy <strong>Solovyanenko</strong> Anatoliy SolovyanenkoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1932-1999 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Frederica von StadeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 75 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Giuseppe Di di <strong>Stefano</strong> Giuseppe Di di StefanoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1921-2008 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nina <strong>Stemme</strong> Nina StemmeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 57 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Joan <strong>Sutherland</strong> Joan SutherlandThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1926-2010 (20th century)
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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