The great lyrical singers North America

 

Anderson or Legrand? DiDonato or Domingo? 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 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 : Anderson (African-American contralto) or Legrand (French film score composer (1932-2019)) ? Vickers (Canadian singer) or Jenkins (American soprano, renowned for her lack of musical skill and singing ability) ? 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, . 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 2021

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).

Top 10 lyrical singers in North America

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 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. Elfman, Lehmann, Sills, Callas, Foster, Sierra, Lanza...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 14000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1880-2020, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

A

Emma AbbottThe great lyrical singers
1850-1891 (Romantic)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Adele AddisonThe great lyrical singers
age 95 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Emma AlbaniThe great lyrical singers
1847-1930 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

Lucine AmaraThe great lyrical singers
age 93 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

Francisco <strong>Araiza</strong> Francisco AraizaThe great lyrical singers
age 69 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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


B

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

Kathleen <strong>Battle</strong> Kathleen BattleThe great lyrical singers
age 72 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russell <strong>Braun</strong> Russell BraunThe great lyrical singers
age 55 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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


C

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

Gabor CarelliThe great lyrical singers
1915-1999 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Kitty CarlisleThe great lyrical singers
1910-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Hoagy <strong>Carmichael</strong> Hoagy CarmichaelThe great lyrical singers
1899-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Annie Louise CaryThe great lyrical singers
1842-1921 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Néstor Mesta ChairesThe great lyrical singers
1908-1971 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Shannon Chan-KentThe great lyrical singers
age 32 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lili ChookasianThe great lyrical singers
1921-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Natalie ChoquetteThe great lyrical singers
age 61 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Charles W. ClarkThe great lyrical singers
1865-1925 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

George M. <strong>Cohan</strong> George M. CohanThe great lyrical singers
1878-1942 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Lyrical singer

Belle ColeThe great lyrical singers
1853-1905 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Mary CostaThe great lyrical singers
age 90 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Richard CrooksThe great lyrical singers
1900-1972 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


E

Nelson EddyThe great lyrical singers
1901-1967 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Rosalind <strong>Elias</strong> Rosalind EliasThe great lyrical singers
1930-2020 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Simon <strong>Estes</strong> Simon EstesThe great lyrical singers
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Maria EwingThe great lyrical singers
age 70 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


G

Diamanda GalásThe great lyrical singers
age 65 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Amelita <strong>Galli-Curci</strong> Amelita Galli-CurciThe great lyrical singers
1882-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Mary GardenThe great lyrical singers
1874-1967 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Éva GauthierThe great lyrical singers
1885-1958 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Vivica <strong>Genaux</strong> Vivica GenauxThe great lyrical singers
age 51 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Alice GentleThe great lyrical singers
1885-1958 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Dusolina GianniniThe great lyrical singers
1902-1986 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Filippa GiordanoThe great lyrical singers
age 46 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Susan <strong>Graham</strong> Susan GrahamThe great lyrical singers
age 60 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Reri <strong>Grist</strong> Reri GristThe great lyrical singers
age 88 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer


H

Jerry HadleyThe great lyrical singers
1952-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Thomas <strong>Hampson</strong> Thomas HampsonThe great lyrical singers
age 65 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Barbara <strong>Hannigan</strong> Barbara HanniganThe great lyrical singers
age 49 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Claude <strong>Heater</strong> Claude HeaterThe great lyrical singers
1927-2020 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Ben HeppnerThe great lyrical singers
age 64 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jerome HinesThe great lyrical singers
1921-2003 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

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


K

Ramin KarimlooThe great lyrical singers
age 42 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

James <strong>King</strong> James KingThe great lyrical singers
1925-2005 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Dorothy KirstenThe great lyrical singers
1910-1992 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Werner KlempererThe great lyrical singers
1920-2000 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Miliza KorjusThe great lyrical singers
1909-1980 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Isa KremerThe great lyrical singers
1887-1956 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Gregory <strong>Kunde</strong> Gregory KundeThe great lyrical singers
age 66 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Mariusz <strong>Kwiecień</strong> Mariusz KwiecieńThe great lyrical singers
age 47 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer


L

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

... L

Agustín LaraThe great lyrical singers
1897-1970 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Jennifer <strong>Larmore</strong> Jennifer LarmoreThe great lyrical singers
age 62 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Evelyn LearThe great lyrical singers
1926-2012 (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

Marie-Nicole <strong>Lemieux</strong> Marie-Nicole LemieuxThe great lyrical singers
age 45 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Lorraine Hunt LiebersonThe great lyrical singers
1954-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Emanuel ListThe great lyrical singers
1888-1967 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

María de los Ángeles Manuela Tranquilina Cirila Efrena Peralta y CasteraThe great lyrical singers
1845-1883 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer


M

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

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

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

John McCormackThe great lyrical singers
1884-1945 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Audra <strong>Mcdonald</strong> Audra McdonaldThe great lyrical singers
age 50 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

Sylvia McNairThe great lyrical singers
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Bejun <strong>Mehta</strong> Bejun MehtaThe great lyrical singers
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

Chris MerrittThe great lyrical singers
age 68 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

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

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

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

Sherrill <strong>Milnes</strong> Sherrill MilnesThe great lyrical singers
age 85 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

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

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


N

Catherine NaglestadThe great lyrical singers
age 55 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Judith NelsonThe great lyrical singers
1939-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Randy NewmanThe great lyrical singers
age 76 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer

Marni NixonThe great lyrical singers
1930-2016 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lillian <strong>Nordica</strong> Lillian NordicaThe great lyrical singers
1857-1914 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Jessye <strong>Norman</strong> Jessye NormanThe great lyrical singers
1945-2019 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


P

Lina PagliughiThe great lyrical singers
1907-1980 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jan PeerceThe great lyrical singers
1904-1984 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Mary Beth PeilThe great lyrical singers
age 80 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Roberta PetersThe great lyrical singers
1930-2017 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Adrianne <strong>Pieczonka</strong> Adrianne PieczonkaThe great lyrical singers
age 57 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Lily PonsThe great lyrical singers
1898-1976 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Rosa PonselleThe great lyrical singers
1897-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Harve PresnellThe great lyrical singers
1933-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Leontyne <strong>Price</strong> Leontyne PriceThe great lyrical singers
age 93 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Carlos PueblaThe great lyrical singers
1917-1989 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer


S

Arlene <strong>Saunders</strong> Arlene SaundersThe great lyrical singers
1930-2020 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

Ernestine Schumann-HeinkThe great lyrical singers
1861-1936 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

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

Anoushka <strong>Shankar</strong> Anoushka ShankarThe great lyrical singers
age 39 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Neil ShicoffThe great lyrical singers
age 71 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

George <strong>Shirley</strong> George ShirleyThe great lyrical singers
age 86 (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

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

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

Eleanor <strong>Steber</strong> Eleanor SteberThe great lyrical singers
1916-1990 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

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

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

Fyodor StravinskyThe great lyrical singers
1843-1902 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Cheryl <strong>Studer</strong> Cheryl StuderThe great lyrical singers
age 64 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


T

Blanche ThebomThe great lyrical singers
1915-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jess ThomasThe great lyrical singers
1927-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Lawrence TibbettThe great lyrical singers
1896-1960 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Mel TorméThe great lyrical singers
1925-1999 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Huguette <strong>Tourangeau</strong> Huguette TourangeauThe great lyrical singers
1938-2018 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jennie TourelThe great lyrical singers
1900-1973 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Helen <strong>Traubel</strong> Helen TraubelThe great lyrical singers
1899-1972 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Tatiana TroyanosThe great lyrical singers
1938-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Richard <strong>Tucker</strong> Richard TuckerThe great lyrical singers
1913-1975 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Alice <strong>Tully</strong> Alice TullyThe great lyrical singers
1902-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Irena Turkevycz-MartynecThe great lyrical singers
1899-1983 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


W

Rufus <strong>Wainwright</strong> Rufus WainwrightThe great lyrical singers
age 47 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

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

Willard <strong>White</strong> Willard WhiteThe great lyrical singers
age 73 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Spencer WilliamsThe great lyrical singers
1889-1965 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Camilla WilliamsThe great lyrical singers
1919-2012 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Herbert WitherspoonThe great lyrical singers
1873-1935 (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 November 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 4, Malena Ernman (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 6, Agustín Lara (1897-1970), 50th anniversary (Death),
on 14, Lodovico Graziani (1820-1885), 200th anniversary (Birth),
on 21, Nicola Monti (1920-1993), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 26, Nathan Gunn (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the October 2020 celebrations (30+).

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

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Last update : 2020-10-01

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