Famous 21st Century Opera Singers

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Luciano Pavarotti
(Italian Operatic Tenor Regarded as the 'King of the High Cs')
Luciano Pavarotti
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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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Andrea Bocelli
(Italian Operatic Tenor Noted for His Unique Blend of Opera & Pop Music)
Andrea Bocelli
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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.

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Placido Domingo
(Spanish Opera Singer, Conductor and Part of 'The Three Tenors' Operatic Singing Group)
Placido Domingo
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Birthdate: January 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo has performed in a variety of languages, such as English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German. The winner of nine Grammys and five Latin Grammys, he later performed as part of The Three Tenors, with legends Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, releasing bestselling albums.

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Montserrat Caballé
(Spanish Operatic Soprano Known for Her Pure and Powerful Vocals With Exquisite Pianissimo)
Montserrat Caballé
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Birthdate: April 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: October 6, 2018

Spanish opera singer and a legend of classical music, Montserrat Caballé became an international sensation after recording the duet Barcelona, the official anthem for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, with Freddie Mercury. She is also remembered for his iconic portrayal of the title role of Lucrezia Borgia.

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José Carreras
(Spanish Operatic Tenor Known for His Performances in the Operas of 'Donizetti', 'Verdi' and 'Puccini')
José Carreras
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Birthdate: December 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

José Carreras is a Spanish operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in the operas of Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini. Making his debut on the operatic stage at the age of 11, he went on to build an illustrious career in the following decades. A leukemia survivor, he founded the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation.  

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Kiri Te Kanawa
(Opera singer)
Kiri Te Kanawa
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Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand
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Renée Fleming
(Opera singer)
Renée Fleming
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Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
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Anna Netrebko
(Opera singer)
Anna Netrebko
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Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
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Bryn Terfel
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)
Bryn Terfel
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Birthdate: November 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pant Glas

Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel initially gained fame with his roles in operas such as The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. The Guildhall alumnus later won a Grammy and 4 Classic Brit Awards. He was also knighted and awarded a CBE honor for his extraordinary achievements in music.

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Cecilia Bartoli
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Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Joan Sutherland
(Opera Singer)
Joan Sutherland
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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.

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Elīna Garanča
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Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Marilyn Horne
(Opera Singer)
Marilyn Horne
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Birthdate: January 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States
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Juan Diego Flórez
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Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Kathryn Grayson
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Birthdate: February 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Died: February 17, 2010
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Paul Sorvino
(Actor and Singer Known for His Role as ‘Paulie Cicero’ in the Film ‘Goodfellas’)
Paul Sorvino
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Birthdate: April 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: July 25, 2022
Paul Sorvino, father of actors Mira and Michael Sorvino, is best known as Paulie Cicero from the movie Goodfellas and Phil Cerreta from the series Law & Order. A skilled sculptor, too, he specializes in bronze. He owns a brand of pasta sauces and is a co-owner of Janson-Beckett Cosmeceuticals.
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Leontyne Price
(American soprano)
Leontyne Price
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Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States
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Charlotte Church
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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.  

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Tarja Turunen
(Finnish Heavy Metal Singer-Songwriter & Co-Founder of the Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
Tarja Turunen
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Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

Tarja Turunen is a Finnish singer-songwriter and an exponent of heavy metal. She is credited with co-founding the popular symphonic metal band Nightwish, where she peformed as the lead vocalist. The band's symphonic metal style, which was referred to as opera metal, inspired several other bands and performers.

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Jessye Norman
(Former opera singer and recitalist)
Jessye Norman
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Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019
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Franco Corelli
(Tenor Singer)
Franco Corelli
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Birthdate: April 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: October 29, 2003
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Kathleen Battle
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Birthdate: August 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio, United States
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Sarah Brightman
(Soprano Singer)
Sarah Brightman
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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.
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Mirella Freni
(Operatic soprano)
Mirella Freni
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Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: February 9, 2020
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky
(Opera singer)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Died: November 22, 2017
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Robert Merrill
(Opera singer)
Robert Merrill
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Birthdate: June 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 23, 2004
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Anna Moffo
(Opera Singer)
Anna Moffo
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Birthdate: June 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 9, 2006
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Jonas Kaufmann
(German Operatic Tenor Best Known for the Versatility of His Repertoire)
Jonas Kaufmann
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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.

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Darius Campbell
(Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter)
Darius Campbell
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Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow
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Aled Jones
(Singer, Radio personality, Opera singer)
Aled Jones
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Birthdate: December 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangor
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Malena Ernman
(Opera Singer)
Malena Ernman
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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.

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Aida Garifullina
(Russian Opera Singer and Winner of the 2013 Operalia Competition)
Aida Garifullina
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Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia

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. 

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.

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Rufus Wainwright
(Opera Singer & Son of Musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle)
Rufus Wainwright
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Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck, New York, United States

Rufus Wainwright is an American-Canadian composer, singer, and songwriter. In 1998, Wainwright was recognized as the Best New Artist by Rolling Stone magazine. Over the years, he has received several awards like Juno Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. He has also received nominations for prestigious awards like the Grammys and BRIT Awards.

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Diana Damrau
(Singer)
Diana Damrau
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Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany
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Lauren Ambrose
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Birthdate: February 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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Natalie Dessay
(Opera Singer Known for Her Portrayal of 'Olympia' in 'The Tales of Hoffmann')
Natalie Dessay
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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.

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Mary Costa
(Actor, Singer, Opera singer)
Mary Costa
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Birthdate: April 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville
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Lesley Garrett
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Birthdate: April 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thorne, England
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Ana María Martínez
(Operatic soprano)
Ana María Martínez
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Roberto Alagna
(French Operatic Tenor Known for Both His Vocal Qualities and His Flamboyant Acting Style)
Roberto Alagna
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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. 

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Emanne Beasha
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Birthdate: September 18, 2008
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
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Mirusia Louwerse
(Singer, Opera singer)
Mirusia Louwerse
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Birthdate: March 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Sondra Radvanovsky
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Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berwyn, Illinois, United States
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Hayley Westenra
(Classical crossover artist best known as member of Irish folk group Celtic Woman)
Hayley Westenra
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Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Hayley Westenra is a New Zealand singer and songwriter best known for her album Pure which became one of New Zealand's fastest selling albums of all time. The album, which sold over two million copies worldwide, peaked at number one on the UK classical charts. Hayley Westenra is also a well-known philanthropist; she contributes to charities around the world.

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Tammy Blanchard
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Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
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Urs Bühler
(Tenor & Member of the Classical Crossover Group 'II Divo')
Urs Bühler
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Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Willisau, Switzerland

Swiss tenor Urs Bühler has made waves as part of the classical crossover male quartet Il Divo. While he began training in music at age 5 and mastered a number of instruments, he was more interested in rock and heavy metal as a teenager. Surprisingly, one of his hobbies is restoring motorbikes.

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Risë Stevens
(Opera singer)
Risë Stevens
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Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2013
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Patricia Janečková
(Operatic soprano)
Patricia Janečková
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Birthdate: June 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Münchberg, Germany
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Wynne Evans
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)
Wynne Evans
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Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carmarthen

Wynne Evans became a household name as the fake opera star Gio Compario in the popular Go Compare insurance commercials. The Welsh singer scored a number 1 classical debut album, A Song in My Heart, and performed as Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera. He is also a regular BBC Radio presenter.