Legrand or Hampson? Lanza or Callas? 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+ 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 : Legrand (French composer, arranger, conductor, light orchestra leader, jazz pianist) or Hampson (American lyric baritone) ? Anderson (African-American contralto) 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 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 in North America for the years 1950-2000+

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1950-2000+ 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. Horne, Foster, Domingo, Battle, Lehmann, Vickers, Liberace...

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+, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

A

Adele AddisonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 94 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Licia AlbaneseThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1909-2014 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Frances Davis AldaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1879-1952 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kate AldrichThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 46 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Roberta AlexanderThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

June AndersonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 67 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Marian <strong>Anderson</strong> Marian AndersonThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1897-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Keith AndesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1920-2005 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Charles AnthonyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1929-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Francisco AraizaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 69 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nancy ArgentaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 63 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Karan ArmstrongThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 78 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Desi <strong>Arnaz</strong> Desi ArnazThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1917-1986 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Martina ArroyoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 84 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Arleen AugerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1939-1993 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


B

Hank BallardThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1927-2003 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Kurt BaumThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1908-1989 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Isabel <strong>Bayrakdarian</strong> Isabel BayrakdarianThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 46 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Cathy BerberianThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1925-1983 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Ricardo BernalThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 50 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Rockwell BlakeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 69 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Rosa BlasiThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 47 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Angel <strong>Blue</strong> Angel BlueThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 36 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Barbara <strong>Bonney</strong> Barbara BonneyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Russell <strong>Braun</strong> Russell BraunThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 54 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Avery BrooksThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 70 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Anne BrownThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1912-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lawrence <strong>Brownlee</strong> Lawrence BrownleeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 47 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Grace BumbryThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 83 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer


M

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

Jean MadeiraThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1918-1972 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lois MarshallThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1924-1997 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Margaret MatzenauerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1881-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

James <strong>McCracken</strong> James McCrackenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1926-1988 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Claron McFaddenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 59 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Ellen McLainThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 67 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Sylvia McNairThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 63 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Bejun <strong>Mehta</strong> Bejun MehtaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 51 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Ethel <strong>Merman</strong> Ethel MermanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1908-1984 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Robert <strong>Merrill</strong> Robert MerrillThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1917-2004 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Chris MerrittThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 67 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Julia MigenesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Richard MillerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1926-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

Michael MinskyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1918-1988 (20th century)
Conductor & Lyrical singer

Anna <strong>Moffo</strong> Anna MoffoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1932-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Meredith <strong>Monk</strong> Meredith MonkThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 77 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

James <strong>Morris</strong> James MorrisThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


S

Friedrich SchorrThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1888-1953 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Elisabeth SchumannThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1888-1952 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

Neil ShicoffThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 70 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

George <strong>Shirley</strong> George ShirleyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 86 (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

Léopold SimoneauThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1916-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Breanna SinclairéThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 29 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Robert Dean SmithThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 64 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Eleanor SteberThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1916-1990 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jim SteinmanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Risë StevensThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
1913-2013 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Teresa StratasThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 82 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Cheryl <strong>Studer</strong> Cheryl StuderThe great 20th-century lyrical singers (1950-2000)
age 64 (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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