Connell or Breedt? Gasparyan or El-Hefny? 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?
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 : Connell (South African-born operatic soprano) or Breedt (South African opera singer) ? Yende (South African operatic soprano) or Said (Egyptian 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 en Africa, . And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).
Lyrical singers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:
This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).
Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 era in Africa? 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:
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. Talbot, Koya, Kakudji, Matshikiza, Plessis, Korsten, Jager...
At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 12000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1880-2020, in Africa, widely recognized around the world:
Migran Armenakovitsj ErkatThe great lyrical singers
1921-1986 (20th century)
Tsakane Valentine MaswanganyiThe great lyrical singers
age 41 (20th century)
Next month, more than 20 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In June 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 2, Gökhan Kırdar (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 4, Fedora Barbieri (1920-2003), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 6, Jan Rubes (1920-2009), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 9, Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), 210th anniversary (Birth),
on 29, Katherine Jenkins (1980- ), 40th anniversary,
Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...
Last update : 2020-05-01