Solovyanenko or Tebaldi? Caballé or Anderson? 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

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 Tebaldi (Italian opera singer) ? Schwarzkopf (German opera soprano) or Mansell (British composer and 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. 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

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 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. Koutcher, Nilsson, Domingo, Fleming, Bocelli, Sutherland, Carreras...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 13000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1880-2020, widely recognized around the world:

A

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


C

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enrico <strong>Caruso</strong> Enrico CarusoThe great lyrical singers
1873-1921 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Lisa Della della CasaThe great lyrical singers
1919-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

<strong>Cezar</strong> Florin <strong>Cezar</strong> Cezar Florin CezarThe great lyrical singers
age 40 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

Ileana <strong>Cotrubaș</strong> Ileana CotrubașThe great lyrical singers
age 80 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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


E

Marta EggerthThe great lyrical singers
1912-2013 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Danny <strong>Elfman</strong> Danny ElfmanThe great lyrical singers
age 67 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Malena <strong>Ernman</strong> Malena ErnmanThe great lyrical singers
age 49 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Jackie <strong>Evancho</strong> Jackie EvanchoThe great lyrical singers
age 20 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer


G

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

Célestine <strong>Galli-Marié</strong> Célestine Galli-MariéThe great lyrical singers
1840-1905 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


H

Thomas <strong>Hampson</strong> Thomas HampsonThe great lyrical singers
age 64 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Heather <strong>Harper</strong> Heather HarperThe great lyrical singers
1930-2019 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Joe <strong>Hisaishi</strong> Joe HisaishiThe great lyrical singers
age 69 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

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


J

René <strong>Jacobs</strong> René JacobsThe great lyrical singers
age 73 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Ermonela <strong>Jaho</strong> Ermonela JahoThe great lyrical singers
age 46 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Gundula <strong>Janowitz</strong> Gundula JanowitzThe great lyrical singers
age 82 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Philippe <strong>Jaroussky</strong> Philippe JarousskyThe great lyrical singers
age 42 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Katherine JenkinsThe great lyrical singers
age 39 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Florence Foster <strong>Jenkins</strong> Florence Foster JenkinsThe great lyrical singers
1868-1944 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Maria JeritzaThe great lyrical singers
1887-1982 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Sumi JoThe great lyrical singers
age 57 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Gwyneth JonesThe great lyrical singers
age 83 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


K

Raina KabaivanskaThe great lyrical singers
age 85 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Kiri Te <strong>Kanawa</strong> Kiri Te KanawaThe great lyrical singers
age 76 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Yoko <strong>Kanno</strong> Yoko KannoThe great lyrical singers
age 56 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Jonas <strong>Kaufmann</strong> Jonas KaufmannThe great lyrical singers
age 50 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Dmitry <strong>Khvorostovsky</strong> Dmitry KhvorostovskyThe great lyrical singers
1962-2017 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

L

Francis <strong>Lai</strong> Francis LaiThe great lyrical singers
1932-2018 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Mario <strong>Lanza</strong> Mario LanzaThe great lyrical singers
1921-1959 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Michel <strong>Legrand</strong> Michel LegrandThe great lyrical singers
1932-2019 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Lotte LehmannThe great lyrical singers
1888-1976 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

<strong>Liberace</strong> LiberaceThe great lyrical singers
1919-1987 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Jenny <strong>Lind</strong> Jenny LindThe great lyrical singers
1820-1887 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

George LondonThe great lyrical singers
1920-1985 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Victoria de <strong>los Ángeles</strong> Victoria de los ÁngelesThe great lyrical singers
1923-2005 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Christa <strong>Ludwig</strong> Christa LudwigThe great lyrical singers
age 92 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer


M

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

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

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

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

Amalie MaternaThe great lyrical singers
1844-1918 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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

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

Nellie <strong>Melba</strong> Nellie MelbaThe great lyrical singers
1861-1931 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alessandro MoreschiThe great lyrical singers
1858-1922 (Romantic)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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


R

Anita <strong>Rachvelishvili</strong> Anita RachvelishviliThe great lyrical singers
age 35 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Maria RadnerThe great lyrical singers
1981-2015 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Ivan <strong>Rebroff</strong> Ivan RebroffThe great lyrical singers
1931-2008 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Jean de <strong>Reszke</strong> Jean de ReszkeThe great lyrical singers
1850-1925 (Romantic)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Titta RuffoThe great lyrical singers
1877-1953 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giuseppina <strong>Strepponi</strong> Giuseppina StrepponiThe great lyrical singers
1815-1897 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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


V

Júlia VáradyThe great lyrical singers
age 78 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Amaury <strong>Vassili</strong> Amaury VassiliThe great lyrical singers
age 30 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Shirley VerrettThe great lyrical singers
1931-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Pauline <strong>Viardot</strong> Pauline ViardotThe great lyrical singers
1821-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Jon VickersThe great lyrical singers
1926-2015 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Violetta <strong>Villas</strong> Violetta VillasThe great lyrical singers
1938-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Galina <strong>Vishnevskaya</strong> Galina VishnevskayaThe great lyrical singers
1926-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


W

Rufus <strong>Wainwright</strong> Rufus WainwrightThe great lyrical singers
age 46 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Leonard WarrenThe great lyrical singers
1911-1960 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Hayley <strong>Westenra</strong> Hayley WestenraThe great lyrical singers
age 33 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Fritz <strong>Wunderlich</strong> Fritz WunderlichThe great lyrical singers
1930-1966 (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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