The great lyrical singers Europe

 

(TL) or Padín? Caballé or Stefano? 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 in Europe

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 : (TL) (American-born Greek operatic soprano) or Padín (Spanish operatic soprano) ? Lind (Swedish classical singer) or Garanča (Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-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 en Europe, . 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 Europe

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 era in Europe? 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, Carreras, Netrebko, Khvorostovsky, Vassili, Bocelli...

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 Europe, widely recognized around the world:

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

Meliton BalanchivadzeThe great lyrical singers
1862-1937 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

Mattia BattistiniThe great lyrical singers
1856-1928 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Piotr <strong>Beczała</strong> Piotr BeczałaThe great lyrical singers
age 53 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah <strong>Brightman</strong> Sarah BrightmanThe great lyrical singers
age 59 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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


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José van DamThe great lyrical singers
age 79 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Diana <strong>Damrau</strong> Diana DamrauThe great lyrical singers
age 48 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Karl DavydovThe great lyrical singers
1838-1889 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Alfred <strong>Deller</strong> Alfred DellerThe great lyrical singers
1912-1979 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Natalie <strong>Dessay</strong> Natalie DessayThe great lyrical singers
age 55 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Daniela DessìThe great lyrical singers
1957-2016 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Cristina DeutekomThe great lyrical singers
1931-2014 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Sarah Jezebel DevaThe great lyrical singers
age 43 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Ghena <strong>Dimitrova</strong> Ghena DimitrovaThe great lyrical singers
1941-2005 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Zara DolukhanovaThe great lyrical singers
1918-2007 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Plácido <strong>Domingo</strong> Plácido DomingoThe great lyrical singers
age 79 (20th century)
Conductor & Lyrical singer


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

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


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

David <strong>Hemmings</strong> David HemmingsThe great lyrical singers
1941-2003 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

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

Florimond <strong>Hervé</strong> Florimond HervéThe great lyrical singers
1825-1892 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Elvira de HidalgoThe great lyrical singers
1891-1980 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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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

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

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


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

Alexander <strong>Kipnis</strong> Alexander KipnisThe great lyrical singers
1891-1978 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Emma KirkbyThe great lyrical singers
age 71 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jason <strong>Kouchak</strong> Jason KouchakThe great lyrical singers
age 51 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Giacomo Lauri-VolpiThe great lyrical singers
1892-1979 (20th century)
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

Salvatore LicitraThe great lyrical singers
1968-2011 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Max LorenzThe great lyrical singers
1901-1975 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Giuseppe De de LucaThe great lyrical singers
1876-1950 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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


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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


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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 SchumannThe great lyrical singers
1888-1952 (20th century)
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

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

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

Fyodor Ivanovich <strong>Shalyapin</strong> Fyodor Ivanovich ShalyapinThe great lyrical singers
1873-1938 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Emma ShapplinThe great lyrical singers
age 45 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

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

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

Vasyl SlipakThe great lyrical singers
1974-2016 (20th century)
Performer & 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

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 56 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Nathalie <strong>Stutzmann</strong> Nathalie StutzmannThe great lyrical singers
age 54 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

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


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


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Anna Tomowa-SintowThe great lyrical singers
age 78 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Francesco Paolo <strong>Tosti</strong> Francesco Paolo TostiThe great lyrical singers
1846-1916 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer


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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

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


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Ingvar WixellThe great lyrical singers
1931-2011 (20th century)
Performer & 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 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,
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the May 2020 celebrations (40+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-05-01

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