Famous 21st Century Opera Singers

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 1 Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy

Widely regarded as an opera singer with the most beautiful voice, Andrea Bocelli is an Italian record producer and singer-songwriter. He serves as an inspiration to many as he went on to become one of the most popular Italian singers of all time, despite losing his vision at age 12. He has sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

 2 Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti.
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

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 3 Montserrat Caballé

Montserrat Caballé.
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: April 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: October 6, 2018

 4 Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa.
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand

 5 Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko.
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

 6 Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: October 10, 2010

Australian soprano Joan Sutherland was exposed to music at an early age, being the daughter of a singer. Trained in voice and the piano by her mother, she made her debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas. The first Australian to earn a Grammy, she was also awarded the DBE.

 7 Elīna Garanča

Elīna Garanča
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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 8 Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 9 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 10 Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States

 11 Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman.
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Famous As: Soprano Singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Classical crossover soprano and actor Sarah Brightman is best known for her international hit Time to Say Goodbye, sung with Andrea Bocelli. She has also performed in various West End and Broadway musicals, such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. She was previously married to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 12 Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States

 13 Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Audra McDonald is a singer and actress primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage. She has appeared in multiple musicals, operas, and dramas and is the recipient of six Tony Awards. She is a classically trained soprano and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera. She has also acted in many TV shows and films. 

 14 Juan Diego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

 15 Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Died: February 17, 2010

 16 Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales

Charlotte Church is a Welsh actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, and television presenter. She achieved popularity after hosting her own chat show for Channel 4, The Charlotte Church Show. As a recording artist, Church has won many awards, including a Hollywood Reporters Young Star Award and Classical BRIT Award. She has also published an autobiography named Voice of an Angel.  

 17 Franco Corelli

Franco Corelli
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Famous As: Tenor Singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: October 29, 2003

 18 Malena Ernman

Malena Ernman.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Malena Ernman is a Swedish opera singer who represented her country at the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Moscow, Russia. Apart from operas and operettas, she also performs jazz, cabaret, and chansons. Also an environmental activist, Malena Ernman was adjudged Environmental Hero of the Year by an organization called WWF-Sweden in 2017.

 19 Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio, United States

 20 Lee Hoi-chuen

Lee Hoi-chuen.
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Famous As: Opera Singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shunde District, China
Died: February 7, 1965

Better known as Bruce Lee’s father, Cantonese opera performer Lee Hoi-chuen married half-Chinese and half-German Grace Ho after moving to Hong Kong. Bruce Lee was born to them while they were touring U.S. for an opera. His death, just days after the birth of his grandson Brandon Lee, shocked many.

 21 Sondra Radvanovsky

Sondra Radvanovsky
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berwyn, Illinois, United States

 22 Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France

Natalie Dessay is a French actress, singer, and former operatic soprano. In 1992, Dessay portrayed Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann for which she gained wide recognition. Her performance also gained her access to leading opera houses around the world. Over the years Natalie Dessay has won several prestigious awards, such as the Laurence Olivier Award.

 23 Mirella Freni

Mirella Freni
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: February 9, 2020

 24 Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 9, 2006

 25 Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price
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Famous As: American soprano
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

 26 Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman
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Famous As: American opera singer
Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019

 27 Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Died: November 22, 2017

 28 Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 29 Colm Wilkinson

Colm Wilkinson.
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Famous As: Tenor
Birthdate: June 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drimnagh, Ireland
Known for his incredible vocal range, Irish tenor Colm Wilkinson mesmerized audiences with his performances in the stage musicals The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Born to musician parents, Wilkinson had begun performing part-time quite early in life. His self-titled album aced the Irish charts for 8 weeks.

 30 Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

German opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann is best known for his versatility. Born to music lover parents, he grew up listening to his father’s collection of classical music. Dropping out of a math course in university, he opted for music instead. He is best known for his performance in Don Carlos.

 31 Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 23, 2004

 32 Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate Miller‐Heidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

 33 Aida Garifullina

Aida Garifullina.
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kazan

Aida Garifullina is a Russian lyric soprano. She gained mainstream popularity after winning the 2013 Operalia competition and has since been featured in many productions staged at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, and the Wiener Staatsoper. She also performed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening gala concert. She is currently signed to Decca Records. 

 34 Russell Watson

Russell Watson.
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Famous As: Tenor Singer
Birthdate: November 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England

Russell Watson is an English tenor who came into prominence after performing God Save the Queen at the Challenge Cup Final in 1999. Apart from releasing successful albums, such as The Voice and Encore, Russell Watson has also appeared as a judge on TV shows like Last Choir Standing.

 35 Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: April 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thorne, England

 36 Emanne Beasha

Emanne Beasha
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 18, 2008
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan

 37 Carlos Marín

Carlos Marín
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, Germany

Spanish singer, actor and baritone, Carlos Marín is a member of the popular multi-national classical crossover vocal group Il Divo. Marin has also spawned solo studio albums Little Caruso and Mijn Lieve Mama, performed in musicals like Les Misérables and Grease, earned acclaim as primo baritono in operas like The Barber of Seville and Madame Butterfly, and participated in zarzuela.

 38 Laura Bretan

Laura Bretan
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 39 Ana María Martínez

Ana María Martínez
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Famous As: Operatic soprano
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 40 Tammy Blanchard

Tammy Blanchard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

 41 Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany

 42 Urs Bühler

Urs Bühler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Willisau, Switzerland

 43 Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: June 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clichy-sous-Bois, France

Roberto Alagna is a French operatic tenor who has performed at major theatres like the Royal Opera House, La Scala, and the Metropolitan Opera. His portrayal of Roméo in Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House in 1994 earned him international stardom. In 2008, the French government honored him with the Chevalier Legion of Honour. 

 44 Vibeke Stene

Vibeke Stene
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: August 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sokndal, Norway

 45 Jakub Józef Orliński

Jakub Józef Orliński
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

 46 Vasil Garvanliev

Vasil Garvanliev
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strumica, North Macedonia

 47 Patricia Janečková

Patricia Janečková
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Famous As: Operatic soprano
Birthdate: June 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Münchberg, Germany

 48 Carlo Bergonzi

Carlo Bergonzi
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Famous As: Operatic Tenor
Birthdate: July 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Polesine Parmense, Italy
Died: July 25, 2014

 49 Muslim Magomayev

Muslim Magomayev
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: October 25, 2008

 50 Gundula Janowitz

Gundula Janowitz
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: August 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany