Top Ten Greatest Male Tenors

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61Ramon Vargas

Ramon Vargas' voice, at his absolute best (early to mid-1990's), could arguably be the most beautiful tenor voice of all time. Unfortunately, he did not have even one studio recording of anything from the standard/romantic lyric repertoire during that period. His only recording of romantic music at the time was from a live concert of Italian/Neapolitan songs in 1995, now on YouTube. From this live concert, one can easily perceive the exceptional beauty of Vargas'lyric voice, musicality, dynamic range and maturity of interpretation. His voice changed more rapidly than any other tenor. By late 1997, his voice was more robust and darker, but retained its flexibility and agility, and other attrtactive lyrical qualities. His studio recordings starting late 90's still still show his remarkable voice and artistry. Even his latest CD on Capriccio label (C5165), made at 53 after 30 years of opera singing, is still a model of tenorial art at its most magnificent. Mostly known now for Verdi and ...more

The true greatness of Ramon Vargas becomes more apparent when he is directly compared with the operatic tenors high up on this list. Caruso sang eighteen consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera; Vargas, twenty one consecutive seasons and counting. Villazon had four seasons at the Met and has not performed there in almost seven years. Vargas is a greater singer of Mozart's operas than Domingo and Pavarotti, and even much greater in Bel Canto Operas as Pavarotti avoided Rossini's florid coloratura music, and Domingo is deficient in Rossini and Bellini. Vargas is a more complete and greater Bel Canto singer than Florez, who is limited to light belcanto roles only.At 32, Vargas was already singing the heavy, dramatic, mature Rossini roles.At 40, Florez has just done his first Nemorino at the Met, and has yet to sing his first Edgardo (Lucia) there.Having done Verdi operas for twenty years, Ramon Vargas is as distinguished a Verdi singer as any operatic tenor on this list.Domingo's ...more

The most gifted among operatic tenors on this list, with a voice of exceptional beauty, flexibility and agility. With innate musicality and formidable technique, he has command of a wide range of operatic styles: baroque (Monteverde), Mozart & Haydn, Bel Canto (Rossini, Donizetti&Bellini), Verdi, Puccini, the French romantics, etc. He is also a superb interpreter of German lieder, classic Italian & Neapolitan songs, French, Spanish, Mexican, Russian songs.. A very stylish and elegant singer of songs and operas; very disciplined and dedicated to the service of the music, first and foremost.

Great range and presence, he is a talented artist who makes the audience vibrate.

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62Sebastien Izambard

Even he is not a real tenor, I think he's a good good singer

He should be here in the list too. It's strange to see a bariton (Carlos Marin) among the tenors. Proves how much you know about Il Divo.

Sebastien is a self taught singer and does a fantastic job as a member of Il Divo. He does have a perfect pitch. He is also very easy on the eye, as with his group mates.

63Chris Mann

I first heard Chris when he went on tour with Idina Menzel in 2008. My daughter and I looked at each other and said, ' Who IS he, and why haven't we heard of him?! ' The purity of his tone on every style of music he sings is PERFECTION. I thought he had the most beautiful voice I'd ever heard the first night I heard him sing, and I still do! Now after being mentored by Christina Aguilera on The Voice and finishing 4th in the competition, he has expanded his fan base around the globe, and more and more people every day know what I have known for 5 years...Chris Mann is destined for greatness!

Chris Mann is a gifted and talented tenor! Classically trained at Vanderbilt University, he sings with such warmth and clarity. He possesses a beautiful, rich tonal quality: smooth, comforting and velvet-like to the senses, quietly taking you to soaring heights, eliciting chills and tears along the way. Truly magnificent!

Already with an album, a Christmas EP, a PBS special and a headlining national tour, Chris Mann is lighting up the country and making new fans every day! Now with a Christmas special on PBS and a second album in the works, his charm and good looks are icing on top an already fabulous voice that knows no bounds to genre, tempo or even language. He truly is a "Mann for ALL seasons"

Have adored Chris since before The Voice, so he has been in my top 10 since the very first time I heard him.

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65Jan Kiepura

The greatest TENOR of UNIVERSE

66Harry Secombe

Most of the tenors are stated are harsh this is a true silver tenor

Glorious talent! And a Very Funny Man

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67Bryan Hymel

Bryan has been singing for years impressing all who hear him. Watch out for this tenor on the rise!

68Clifton Murray

Not only does he have a sweet voice, but he's also one of my sweetest friends - Hannah

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69Rouvaun

Got in trouble with the bad boys

70Ferruccio Tagliavini

One of my favourite voices, Ferruccio has a Bjorling-like quality about his singing and he deserves more recognition than your list provides - listen to him, people, and be thrilled!

71Fernamdo de la Mora

Mexican tenor bests of bests supply of Maestro Pavarotti on the role of Rudolph on the play La Boheme by Puccini

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72Mirko Provini

I think he's a good tenor and he gives many emotions during his performances! Really interesting to follow!

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74Mark Vincent

Hadn't hear about him until carols in the domain when he sang 'Raise me up'... Amazingly talented!

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75Ermanno Balducci

Great talent from Assisi, not performing anymore, but great in the 80's and 90's.

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Great voice, but Elvis Presley is a baritone, not a tenor.

The greatest "NON-classically trained" voice of all time.

77Carlo Bergonzi

My opinion based only on available recordings- definitely in the top 10! The fact that he is rated this low must be related to facts about his career, character, or possibly a prejudicial agenda

One of the greatest and the last great Italian tenor!

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78Joseph Schmidt

He should be ranked among the top ten tenors of all time! Because of his short stature (4 feet 11 inches), he rarely performed operatic roles on stage, preferring rather the media of radio and film. A Jew, he was able to escape Hitler's clutches by fleeing to Switzerland, only to die, at age thirty-five, in a Swiss refugee camp. (The antiSemitic Swiss directors of the camp refused to call for medical help when Schmidt fell ill with pneumonia.) Please check out Joseph Schmidt on YouTube; you'll be amazed at the beauty and range of his voice.

Magnificent voice, had circumstances been different he would have been fabulously famous, his voice seemed to know no limit, top10, without thinking

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79Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.

Freddie is arguably the greatest singer of all time regardless of classification

80Saimir Pirgu

He can sing and act. Very few on the list other than Plácido Domingo can do that.

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