Lyrischer Tenor roles and arias. Il Tabarro, I find Richard Leech delightful in youthful, ardent characters. Jonas Kaufmann — born July 10, 1969, a German tenor, particularly known for his spinto roles. Tucker’s chanting is also remarkable. A unique vocal wonder. famous tenors: Jeff Buckley Sam Cooke Geddy Lee Little Richard Steve Winwood . There is no tenor on your list with Simoneau’s singular gifts. The spinto voice type is recognisable by its tonal "slice" or squillo. Spinto tenors have a darker timbre than a lyric tenor, without having a vocal color as dark as many (not all) dramatic tenors. You did not mention Wunderlich. His voice is sheer magic. Hi Neil, Or is it Domingo? I don’t think they had a 30th Anniversary Gala for him at the Met if his singing had gone way downhill! Contralto. Gedda is fantastic, You might try Peter Anders here. Di Stefano I love for his lyric voice prior to 1953, but he was musically lazy & blew his voice out trying to be a Spinto. 8. He just finished selling out a 50,000 seat venue in Spain last year! The next two tenors were born on that day. 10 Pavarotti,….I agree,..he desrves the no 10 spot. March 20, 1890 was a good day for tenors. The voice is usually split, in opera, in to sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. In the duet that concludes the second act of Otello he’s paired with another vocal miracle, Leonard Warren. Different tenor voices Tenors are often divided into different sub-categories based on range, vocal color or timbre, the weight of the voice, and dexterity of the voice. Mario could sing through all three … He’s now 77–and still selling tickets. You might notice that sopranos and tenors make up 90% of the list. A word about Bjorling. He had a bright spinto tenor that was ideal for Wagner and flexible for Mozart. Not to mention that he squeaks like a mouse as well. Agree totally about Del Monaco. Correction here, Gigli was the leading lyric tenor of his generation until the international arrival of Jussi Bjorling. (1927- ) Soprano (Spinto) Immediately I realized my mistake last week above when I forgot to include Bergonzi. His rendering of “una vergine” from La Favorita by Donizetti is totally mindblowing ending with a diminuendo on the high C. Incredible. Young Domingo had a fine lyric tenor voice. I don’t think anyone else reading and listening to this post/video would think so either. Best Tenors – Top 10 Greatest Tenors Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) His career was made on radio, on records, and on film. I heard Domingo before he went to the met. A deservedly celebrated (albeit brief) star. Last edited: Dec 20, 2011. He blasted everyone off the stage even if his back was turned to the house. Thank you so much. I was lucky enough to hear him sing Manrico at the tail end of his career and he was still kicking the doors out. Along with Domingo and Pavarotti, he’s perhaps deserving of an honorable mention. Men with a baritone voice often are young and have the capability of hitting higher notes using their chest voice. Tenor Roles in Operetta: All of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operettashave at least one lead lyric tenor character; other notable roles are: 1. Early in his career, Jan Peerce’s voice was truly remarkable. After all, they are on your top 10 list. The Contralto range. Their roles are often given to the heavier spinto tenor voice. He makes other Siegfrieds lackluster. The British audience goes crazy after this reading. No one gets to reign forever, I don’t care how Italian they are. He was empowered with a spinto tenor voice and an enveloping and velvety timbre quality. But listen to Helge Roswaenge’s version of that aria (and many others). I saw the marvelous Corelli in this role. Be professional. Richard Tucker (1913-1975) is the only American on my list. https://www.classicfm.com/artists/placido-domingo/guides/top-10-tenors The amazing thing is that three of them were born in 1921 and one died….Caruso, the day Lanza was born. Ailyn Perez opened the Dutch National Opera’s 2019-20 season, won the Opera News Awards, made her role debut as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” at the Houston Grand Opera, and became ambassador for Opera America and Opera for Peace. I remember reading a quote from Björling who, in answer to a question about why he didn’t do “Lohengrin” on stage, said, “Who would believe that I could ever win a battle with broadswords”. Notung! What Is Whistle Register? You also need to know what the mixed voice is within tenors. I never heard Bjorling in a smaller house than the cavernous old Met. Here Mr. Bjoerling is at his very peak as a lirico-spinto tenor. Many thanks for including Lanza. Can’t remember, but I think there is a recording on YouTube. In all this time I have never gotten used to Lauritz Melchior’s voice. You could have chosen a fine recording of one of his beautiful arias easily available on YouTube. I’ve listed 10 singers. Put up your list of ten. I would replace delmonaco with corelli. Verrano a te from the first act of Lucia di Lammermoor shows both Pavarotti and Renata Scotto in prime form. I haven’t listened to him as a baritone. Few, if any, would ever put Domingo in front of Pavarotti. This Fach is the dividing line between the lyric and dramatic tenor voice. The tenor lead in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is another well-known example of a spinto part. The opera firmament has realigned itself as newer stars have emerged in the opera universe. Not a bad list. The lyric tenor is a tenor with a well timbered voice, such as "The Three Tenors" (Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Plácido Domingo). I heard all the roles he sang at the Met between 1956 and 1959, when he last appeared at the old house. The high tenor range, sometimes referred to as countertenor or tenor 1, is the highest male range. who ? Some fans, it seems, are not enamored of Melchior, but his Winterstürme in that 1935 recording is truly amazing. Del Monaco and Di Stefano would not make my top ten list ever. Lanza’s voice was a perfectly placed lirico spinto of extended range (low A to high D) with a luscious baritone quality, which made him sound oh, so masculine (unlike most modern tenors whose voices are shrill, weak, or strained). The one Luciano Pavarotti himself declared the greatest Tenor of the 20th century: Fritz Wunderlich. All the tenors in Los Angeles were there, and at the end they all movedforward and we’re pounding their fists on the stage for the encore. It was first published *gasp* eight years ago in 2011. A lyric tenor voice is defined by the smooth, bright and warm timbre of it’s voice. only Jonas Kaufmann? For some people, the “best” is the “coolest” and “latest”. Anyway, here’s Lanza’s 1950 recording of the Improvviso from Andrea Chenier. He was a prize-winner at the 1993 Nürnberg Meistersinger Competition. Richard Tucker. Both interpretive geniuses. Jussi Björling (1911-1960) was as close to perfection as a singer could get. Margaret. What power what intensity, Brilliant! 3. Spinto tenor. roles, he certainly stands alone at least in the post electrical era. (They are also known as "lyric-dramatic" tenors.) List of the most notable and famous tenors in the world, with photos when available. The German equivalent of the Spinto fach is the Jugendlicher Heldentenor and encompasses many of the Dramatic tenor roles as well as some … Helge Rosvaenge (1897-1972) was a Danish tenor who made most of his career in Germany and Austria. which occurs in the first act of Die Walküre. What a beautiful lyric tenor voice! Tito Schipa., talk about foating soft notes and pure beauty of tone,…perfect techniqe,…some in the fifties called him the no 2 tenor behind Bjorling,… love his voice. He was known as the American Caruso. How about Leo Slezak?? Like Domingo, though, it became nasal with time. I guess you really prefer Corelli. He had a bright spinto tenor that was ideal for Wagner and flexible for Mozart. The purity and cleanliness of his voice is instantly recognizable, and made him a superstar early on in his career. I agree completely, unlike other lists that leave out greats like Mario Del Monaco and Franco Corelli. Spinto tenor - Chest voice head voice mix in limited but tessitural chiaro scuro with power Types of Operas. Editor’s note: It’s time to update this list of best male opera singers. Besides the orchestral music, acting, stage presence and interpretation of the music are what separates a diva from a group of singers. So does Lauri-Volpi. To me, his voice has shades of the great German tenor, Fritz Wunderlich? No tricks. If I had to drop one tenor from the list, I think it would be Pavarotti. It’s hair raising stuff. Not Raimondi. – from Act 1 scene 3 of Siegfried. [respectfully] Gigli would also not make my top ten list,…too much crying in the voice,….but a beautiful voice. With practice and proper technique, you can sing in high tenor, whether you’re in choir, a musical, or just for fun. I wish HE had come to the US instead of Caruso, to me a droning bore. Wonderful tenors both. Do you think now in these days there is a tenor or tenors who (according to your guess) will make it into 21st centuries top tentenors list ? One of his breakout roles occurred with the 2003 Salzburg Festival for the role of Belmonte in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.” But before we get to the main list there are a couple of singers that are worth mentioning who did not make this year’s top 11. While Del Monaco is my favorite for ‘Opera Noir,’ esp. Camille, Count de Rosillon, (The Merry Widow) 1.4. What soul what emotion,..the tue italian spinto! (I know, I hear someone saying “Domingo”, but he wasn’t taking on Tristan for the first time forty years into his career. There are very few listeners left who heard him live at the old Met. So then comes the question, “Why did you put him on your list?” I could be wrong, but with the video’s not being representative of his beautiful voice, your comment about his singing way past his prime, and your comment that you would take Pavarotti off your list and substitute Lanza if Lanza had qualified as an opera tenor–I think you just wanted to take a big shot at Pavarotti for whatever personal reason you have. Anders is amazing tho singing in German, the style is Italian. As I’ve said here earlier, if you wanted to make the perfect tenor – you’d make Bjorling. Drop Pavarotti??? Wonder what we’d have to say if we could have heard some of the greats of the 18th and 19th century. Many famous Italian operas feature leggiero or lyric tenor roles, and the tenor is often both the hero and love interest. Gold Supporting Member. Mario could sing through all three … Spinto (from Italian, "pushed") is a vocal term used to characterize a soprano or tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic that is capable of handling large musical climaxes in opera at moderate intervals. Most prominent tenors worldwide and top tenors in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. I love big powerful voices, and the great Jerome Hines said Mario Del Monaco had the biggest voice he ever heard in all of his years at the Met. Golden voice and solid technique. Joseph Schmidt (1904-42) had one of most hauntingly beautiful voices yet recorded. I do love the reference to Del Monaco as an “Opera Noir” singer. I used Gedda’s Postillion de Lonjumeau aria to blast neighbors playing garbage music very loudly. Va prononcer ma mort, Rachel quand du seigneur from the last act of Halevy La Juive recorded at a concert performance of the opera in London in 1971 shows the 58 year old tenor still in possession of his big sound. 1.1. In this 1912 recording he’s joined by Frances Alda and Marcel Journet. One of his breakout roles occurred with the 2003 Salzburg Festival for the role of Belmonte in … An honorable mention should certainly be Fritz Wunderlich short as his career was. I first heard Michael Spyers on The Opera Show, ABC Australia. But it’s not so great that he gets to be treated like a dead god for another century. Jonas Kaufmann Jonas Kaufmann — born July 10, 1969, a German tenor, particularly known for his spinto roles. His is a voice uniquely suited for singing Italian lyric tenor roles. Try his O Holy Night on Youtube I wish I could find a recording of Gedda and Mary Costa in Fra Diavolo. They are presented in the order of their birth. Singing in high tenor can be achieved by expanding your vocal range, and mastering both your chest voice and falsetto. First is the outburst Wälse! When del Monaco sang at the Met you could hear him on Staten Island. He also could float a line like nobody since. November 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm. what is the reason of the TENOR-crisis at time, generally? Honestly, I would have struggled with including either one of them on a top ten list, along with Richard Tucker as well. Spinto tenors have a darker timbre than a lyric tenor, without having a vocal color as dark as many (not all) dramatic tenors. According to his contemporaries, Leonid Sobinov was a person blessed with rare charm. – Jonas Kaufmann, German spinto tenor – Simon Keenlyside, British baritone – Mariusz Kwiecień, Polish baritone ... Arguably one of the most versatile tenors of today and for me in the top range for Mozart. I fully agree with your comments regarding Tucker, Corelli and Caruso, what wonderful tenors they were and they will always be on my top ten list. The Greatest Tenor of the 20th Century title belongs to him (and these experts have already said Greatest Ever (link to BBC 2008): http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/bbcworldwide/worldwidestories/pressreleases/2008/03_march/music_magazine_domingo.shtml). 7. A top ten list of 20th century tenors that doesn’t include Giovanni Martinelli? The greatest I ever heard in person was Nikolai Gedda In the 1970s. Camarena is a light lyric who shines in the operas of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. I limited myself to 10. If you want sheer perfection, go to this on terrible voice,..sorry!. Could have been a contender – Mario Lanza (1921-59). He is my Di Stefano,..ruined his own voice and carreer later on,..but OH my what a voice he had. Types of ... Why You Should Sing the Way You Talk and How to Do It. I don’t have a quarrel with any other names, Melchior’s recording of the first act of Walkure with Lehmann, conducted by Bruno Walter with the Vienna is in the top five Wagnerian (and operatic) recordings ever made. Totally agree about Lanza, Tucker, and Kaufmann. I’m not a member of the Church of Caruso Immortal Ascended to 19th Century Heaven. You can find him singing some roles besides Verdi as well. Many find they must develop their acting and movement skills in order to stand out from the competition and earn a living as an opera singer. I’m surprised. Certainly, George Thill, Fritz Wunderlich and Tito Schipa should have made this list over the above-mentioned three. Great post. He starred in almost twenty movies and performed sixty two different opera roles. I’ve decided to present two excerpts of Melchior’s singing. Though he’s recently been masquerading as a baritone and as a conductor, it’s as a tenor that he will be remembered. The beauty and power of the sound the young Domingo produces is overwhelming. Listen to some of his later performances. His masterful vocal technique allowed him to sing spinto roles with success and without damage to his voice. No one else comes close. Leo Slezak, the great dramatic tenor, for me beats out all the wonderful lyric tenors with his 1903 “Viens, Gentille Dame.” Holds me in an orgasmic vice!!! Candide, (Candide) 1.2. (Sometimes the terms lirico-spinto or jugendlich-dramatisch are used to denote this category of voice.). Some tenors belong to the baritone range like the spinto tenors and heroic tenors. Jussi is in a class of his own. You might notice that sopranos and tenors make up 90% of the list. But your comment about the size of certain celebrated voices reminded me of a time my brother and I saw a “Macbeth”with Milnes as the title character and Ruggiero Raimondi in the relatively small role of Banquo. I wish I could include Pertile, Leo Slezak Jan Kiepura and probably Gedda also,…so here it is,…thank you for reading! You’re obviously either very young or new to opera. Similarly Escalais, but in the French style. Although primarily a lirico-spinto tenor for most of his career, especially popular for his Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Don José, and Canio, he quickly moved into more dramatic roles, becoming the most acclaimed Otello of … This opera is famous for the aria ' Ah! If you have a gun to your head forcing you to watch him, let me know, I’ll send a posse. Lyrischer Tenor roles and arias. This most difficult tenor aria to date reaches an incredible high D, whereas other singers and tenors view the famous top C as the limit of the tenor’s range. The German equivalent of the Spinto fach is the Jugendlicher Heldentenor and encompasses many of the Dramatic tenor roles as well as some … As you say, the list is subjective. But I do believe Mario Lanza deserves a higher ranking. Carlo Bergonzi is an Italian Tenor, he is mainly connected with the Verdian roles. The warm, pleasant lyric voice can be used for a variety of roles and lacks the edge of a spinto or the upper extension of a leggiero. A metallic voice with noble, tenoral quality, that can sing both lyric and dramatic passages. Had Lanza concentrated on opera instead of movies I think he’d have made the above list. He had an unusually beautiful voice, paired with huge volume and a perfect technique which allowed him to sing that rarest of tenor tones, the high C, … But he’s definitely one of the first artists I go to when studying a canzone. It never fails to stop me still, to make me close my eyes, to make me use all my senses just on his music. No one else has that beautiful, clear, rounded, gorgeous, golden, Italian bel canto sound. Good, Pierre. He was a prize-winner at the 1993 Nürnberg Meistersinger Competition. He can be heard from the sixties and seventies on the Internet. What distinguishes Pavarotti from other opera singers? Regards These sub-categories include: Leggiero tenor or Tenore di grazia, Lyric tenor, Spinto tenor, Dramatic tenor, and Heldentenor. Before he retired, by his own admission, his voice was not reliable. And for Wunderlich go here—-> https://medicine-opera.com/2010/10/two-that-got-away/. Another person has recognized the great Giacomo Lauri-Volpe. I think “Una Furtiva Lagrima” would be an excellent choice to feature Pavarotti’s outstanding operatic voice, rather than “A te, o cara,” which is also fine, but is a duet. Now his voice has the Corelli tremulo. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) was the leading lyric Italian tenor of his era. Performing a great range of operas, he continues to perform due to his unusually long life. Saw the Pasadena Tosca with that “Vittoria” that went around the world and back. Menu. Add that he was tall and looked like a fifties movie star and you have a matchless package. I’d be interested to see it. Possessing a beautiful tenor with baritonal qualities, he successfully portrayed many of the main Verdi and Puccini roles, until making his mark promoting lesser known Verdi operas such as I due Foscari, Giovanna d’Arco and Luisa Miller. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAWzX2WVi8Q. Your list , your preferences. Alas only one is still living. Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) was the most famous opera singer after the era of Maria Callas. Within the tenor voice-type category are seven generally recognized subcategories: leggero tenor, lyric tenor, spinto tenor, dramatic tenor, heldentenor, Mozart tenor, and tenor buffo or spieltenor. Alfredo Kraus has a much finer voice than Domingo, by far. Someone mentions the limitation of Del Monaco (great as Otello, but otherwise, meh), but I have to say his Don Jose was killer. Milnes, if he turned away from you, was hard to hear. Sir,..Thank you for your list. But if we’re going to get into “niche” singers, how ’bout Alfredo Kraus? 2 Jon Vickers. Many thanks for your very fine article and a truly marvelous selection of musical gems! You made it sound as if he was “washed up” after the 70s. Mario Lanza. You certainly weren’t being polite when you discussed Pavarotti’s voice. Instead of retaliating they asked for more!! And additional: do you think, that the beatuful-tenor-time is forever for forever? Unfortunately he kept singing way past his best years. youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUkJVwMNeHM A tenor is more than high notes. mes amis, quel jour de fête!' Try to get ahold of Peerce chanting. The spinto voice type is recognisable by its tonal "slice" or squillo. Lyric tenors possess a smooth vocal quality and a range of approximately C3 to C5. Sad. Francais (French) On the 150 th anniversary of Confederation, it is fitting to pay tribute to the great artists Canada has promoted throughout history. This is also called tenor leggero. We should remember that their talents and distinguished careers, and those of other Canadian artists, have been overshadowed by major entities such as CBC/Radio-Canada. I recently read a list of the greatest Schubert recordings ever made and saw not a single mention of Hans Hotter, Janet Baker, or Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Many find they must develop their acting and movement skills in order to stand out from the competition and earn a living as an opera singer. The light tenor. Also loved Krauss, Vickers and early Flaviano Labo. Most men, likewise, belong to this range of voice. Corelli was wonderful, And I think Mario Lanza is right up His legato phrasing is of outstanding beauty, his 3 top-Cs in "Vittoria" in act 2 are splendid and his diminuendi in "E lucevan le stella" as well as in the "O dolci mani"-arioso, are indeed outstanding even compared to those of Giuseppe di Stefano in the legendary 1953-production with Callas and Gobbi. Fritz Wunderlich an absolute pure beautiful lyric yet powerful tenor a voice of such great distinction. As with many of his contemporaries, the Second World War gave him the opportunity to establish himself in this country, and for the next quarter of a century, no one surpassed this native son in terms of voice, commitment, integrity, and devotion to the lyric art. Listen to the Best of Pavarotti on Apple Music and Spotify and read our guide to the best tenors below. there. And is credited with keeping Verdi,s lesser known works alive, Essentially a lyric tenor with spinto capabilities, Bergonzi was loved during the peak of his career for his beautiful diction, smooth legato, warm timbre and … Jonathan Antione is missing. Kaine Hayward is a Berlin-based lirico-spinto tenor from Sydney, Australia. Solid high notes and intense characterization. O paradis from Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine was recorded in 1972 in performance at the San Francisco Opera. Thanks to YouTube and my interest as a bari-tenor, I’ve heard them all. His voice was much smaller than it appears on recordings. Carlo Bergonzi (1924-2014) was one of the most visible spinto tenors in the latter half of the 20th century. Si pel ciel. I’ve read in more than one place that HE should have retired many years ago. And is credited with keeping Verdi,s lesser known works alive, Essentially a lyric tenor with spinto capabilities, Bergonzi was loved during the peak of his career for his beautiful diction, smooth legato, warm timbre and … I presume you are asking what made Luciano Pavarotti so special among opera singers. I am surprised you did nor list Gedda,…however I would not give him a top ten spot either, although he was a great tenor for sure. Delmonaco did not have the best technique. Then I heard him sing the song transcribed from Anton Rubenstein’s “Romance in Eb”–“If You Are But a Dream.” He inhabited the music and its text, utterly faithful to music and words. Lyric tenors are probably the most common fach of tenors found in nature. 1 Jussi Bjorling. He wasn’t known for his musicianship nor his work ethic. You are absolutely right. He was buried in his Otello costume. I have vinyls of Caruso, Bjorling (No.1 ), Gigli, Corelli and Lanza, but I wouldn’t be replacing Pavarotti with him on a list. Tenor Fächer: What Kind of Operatic Tenor Are You? A late bloomer who was much better in the second half of his career than in the first. Here are my comments followed by my own list. He is the only LIGHT lyric tenor that I would include: Leopold Simoneau. He sang nice lyric and actually hit a high C. But he lost me when he started forcing the higher notes, shaking like a leaf. ... Renata Tebaldi was and is surely one of the best Spinto soprano voices that any century has ever ... a best-selling classical singer and humanitarian known for his most original and popular performances with the 'Three Tenors' and 'Pavarotti & Friends'. Alas, marriage and family came along, a decision I do not regret. Interestingly, a third tenor born in 1921. Menu. He came to rely on high notes as his saving grace… until he couldn’t. Greatest Opera Singers in History. Honestly,..he always sounds like a sqeeling pig,. Lyric tenor - Chest/head voice mixed register with a ringing top . This text will focus on some of Canada’s greatest tenors. Verrano a te from the first act of Lucia di Lammermoor shows both Pavarotti and Renata Scotto in prime form. Subscribe The voice is usually split, in opera, in to sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. Tucker carries with him what I like to call a “leprechaun timber, all the way from his lower register up to the C. In addition, his timber lacks a certain richness of overtone–it sounds somewhat shallow and washed out. His voice was not only clarion clear and bright, with excellent diction in several languages, as well as outstanding control, but he excelled in the warhorses like Otello, as well as Siegmund and more offbeat stuff like Peter Grimes. His “Di Quella Pira” left nothing to be desired. Giving the show away at the end….Placido is agricultural compared to most of the others….’dropping’ Pavarotti, come on, don’t be silly. Shame, shame shame! In 2003, he recorded Mozart’s Idomeneo, aged 78. Corelli….fantastic. This is from a 1958 Met performance. Spinto (from Italian, "pushed") is a vocal term used to characterize a soprano or tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic that is capable of handling large musical climaxes in opera at moderate intervals. Opera has long been mistaken to be purely singing. I have to say, I still like listening to him. Jussi Björling has it all. One early Pavarotti aria that comes to mind is “A te, o cara,” with Joan Sutherland, which definitely showcases his early career. I have never lseen him listed on any top tenor lists of any kind but if one has heard him in Mozart or the lighter French tenor It was his work that planted the ad slogan “King of the High C,” and spawned the bizarre notion that if you aren’t born with it, used in a copious dispensary style, then you’re just a commoner who should stop pretending the throne. Frequently lacking correct breath support, he sings with a remarkable sweetnessof tone. He also does not quite equal Corelli’s absolutely superb O SOLE MIO in my opinion. Readers are invited to submit their own lists in the comments section. Tucker, for instance, could be heard irrespective of where he or the listener was situated. In any event, it’s great fun working up lists of the greatest opera singers. In addition to Verdi and Puccini, he did Bizet, Halevy, Saint-Saëns, and Meyerbeer (L’Africaine), and very late in his career, he sang Tristan (!). To those who think he should go away, I say if the sight and sound of him bothers you so much, then pick someone else to entertain you, ok? Di Stefano destroyed his voice early on as you pointed out and Del Monaco was great in Otello,..what else Otello,..that’s it! You can take your dog for a walk around the block before Melchior finishes the second ‘Wälse’. I’m not a Wagnerite but I found Siegfried Jerusalem quite exceptional vocally and physically in the Met video of Siegfried. I agree with the switch plan if Lanza had built an opera career. That gets me up to 8 tenors. ... a best-selling classical singer and humanitarian known for his most original and popular performances with the 'Three Tenors' and 'Pavarotti & Friends'. Many thanks also for your health tips. Got all his recordings, listened over and over……..doesn’t connect to me at all. Giovanni Martinelli Corelli “teacher”,.his top notes have the power and ring of Caruso,..the rest of the voice was awesome,…I include Marftinelli here at no 8. Good as any tenor, better than most: Nice to see that there is some love for Wunderlich, as there should be. Despite a lack of solo arias (beyond one added by Puccini to satisfy a grumpy performer), the character is known as one of the great roles of Italianate tenors, attracting performers such as Plácido Domingo, Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti. JUGENDLICHER HELDENTENOR [‘ju:.gənt.lɪ.çɐ ‘hɛl.dən.te.’no:ʁ] (c’ to c”) Nicolai Gedda 1959 Heavy Spinto Tenor. AMAZING! Within the tenor voice-type category are seven generally recognized subcategories: leggero tenor, lyric tenor, spinto tenor, dramatic tenor, heldentenor, Mozart tenor, and tenor buffo or spieltenor. And for a while he took advantage of his blessing. This voice has the brightness and height of a lyric tenor, but with a heavier vocal weight enabling the voice to be "pushed" to dramatic climaxes with less strain than the lighter-voice counterparts. Robin E Layton Perth,Western Australia. Actually I concur with many of the tenors you have chosen. Wonderful list. Gluck, das mir verblieb from Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt shows the dreamy and utterly beautiful singing that Schmidt could produce. I like Max Lorenz much better than Melchior. A metallic voice with noble, tenoral quality, that can sing both lyric and dramatic passages. Spinto tenor. I realize these are your 10, but I really don’t believe Pavarotti is one of them. Top 100 Pop Songs Of 2013. Unfortunately he kept singing way past his best years. Yet the former’s career was headed south at just about the same time as the latter’s was taking off. 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