Best Male Opera Singers

The Top Ten

1 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

Of course Luciano Pavarotti is the top male opera singer. No other male opera singer, dead or alive, young or old, can compare with him. He leaves them all behind the starting blocks.

Luciano Pavarotti is the name one automatically thinks of when you hear the words "male opera singer". He is absolutely the best in the business.

There will never ever be another male singer as great as Luciano Pavarotti.

No one's voice is better than Luciano Pavarotti's voice and he reigns supreme in the world of opera.

2 Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.

At the age of 60 his voice absolutely sparkles in all registers. And now that upper register has beautiful depth and focus. Truly something the Lord has made!

In my opinion one of the most inspiring voices I have ever heard. His ability to perform across a number of genres is fascinating and his ability to capture the attention of even the youngest listener is amazing.

This man has (In my opinion) the best male singing voice through time. What makes him better is that he has been blind most of his life (since the age of 12).

Just listen to him... he made Opera hip to a new generation, he inspires like no other. God Bless you, Andrea Bocelli

3 Placido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator.

The best ever and the king of all opera singers - unparalleled in all aspects of art and personality

Simply the best overall opera performer

The greartest ever!

4 Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic.

The world of music is diminished for not having modern recordings of his voice. Certainly the equal of the great Pavarotti,and even possibly superior. We will never know.

Pavarotti is the best that we know of, but we will always wonder; what if Caruso lived in modern times?

5 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16.

Should be higher.

My dad loved Mario Lanza. What a wonderful childhood I had.💜 Nessum Dorrum.(sp).

6 René Pape
7 Franco Corelli

Best dramatic spinto tenor ever.

8 Dmitri Hvorostovsky

A greatly trained classical voice. I love his style!

The best in voice, charisma, & operatic acting

Best baritone. For sure Russian one.

Best baritone of this era

9 Boris Christoff Boris Christoff was a Bulgarian opera singer, widely considered to have been one of the greatest basses of the 20th century.
10 James Morris

The Contenders

11 Jussi Björling

The greatest opera recording of all time was Jussi Bjorling and Victoria De Los Angeles singing La Boheme in 1955.

He should be number 1. Listen to the Pearl Fishers Duet with Robert Merrill.

Nobody has ever surpassed Jussi in my view

You can tell why Bjorling was so often compared to Caruso.

12 Jose Carreras Josep Maria Carreras i Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor from Catalonia who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.

The most beautiful voice in the world. Still fantastic at 70.

Very smooth voice and fantastic tenor!

13 Beniamino Gigli
14 Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann sings appropriately for the role or song he’s performing. He modulates his voice, not to overpower or to impress, but to express musical lyricism fitting with the performance (contrasted with Pavarotti thoughtlessly bellowing at anyone foolish enough to listen). He’s the best and most versitile male singer I’ve ever heard.

15 Ezio Pinza
16 Bryn Terfel
17 Gerald Finley
18 David Hobson
19 Ben Heppner
20 Alfie Boe
21 Alfredo Kraus
22 Tito Schipa
23 Nicolas Courjal
24 Štefan Kocán
25 Piotr Beczała
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