The great lyrical singers South America


Domingo or Fagioli? Schrott or Sindici? 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 South 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 : Domingo (Spanish tenor and conductor) or Fagioli (Argentinian countertenor) ? Vinay (Chilean opera singer) or Villarroel (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 South 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 South America

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 era in South 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. Álvarez, Zanelli, Flórez, Monarcha, Kiehr, Lima, Kremer...

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 South America, widely recognized around the world:


Marcelo <strong>Álvarez</strong> Marcelo ÁlvarezThe great lyrical singers
age 58 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer


Pablo CameselleThe great lyrical singers
age 49 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Verónica CangemiThe great lyrical singers
age 55 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Mary CapdevilaThe great lyrical singers
age 87 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

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

Niza de Castro TankThe great lyrical singers
age 89 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Eliane CoelhoThe great lyrical singers
age 69 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Carlo CossuttaThe great lyrical singers
1932-2000 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

José <strong>Cura</strong> José CuraThe great lyrical singers
age 57 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Lyrical singer


José OxiliaThe great lyrical singers
1861-1919 (Romantic)
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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