Famous 21st Century Opera Singers

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Luciano Pavarotti
(Italian Operatic Tenor Regarded as the 'King of the High Cs')
Luciano Pavarotti
12
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
30
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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Kiri Te Kanawa
(Opera singer)
Kiri Te Kanawa
13
Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand
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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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Renée Fleming
(American Opera Singer and Broadway Star)
Renée Fleming
31
Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States

Four-time Grammy-winning American soprano Renée Fleming was born to music teacher parents and started her singing career as a jazz vocalist. She later stormed the opera scene with performances in productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire. A Broadway star, she later stepped into rock and film music.

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Anna Netrebko
(Russian Operatic Singer)
Anna Netrebko
35
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

Anna Netrebko is a Russian operatic singer who has performed at popular venues, such as The Royal Opera and Metropolitan Opera. She achieved international fame in 2002, when she played Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival. One of the most decorated operatic singers of her generation, Anna Netrebko was included in the Time 100 list in 2007.

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Cecilia Bartoli
(Italian Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano Opera Singer and Recitalist)
Cecilia Bartoli
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Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Cecilia Bartoli is an Italian opera singer and recitalist. A coloratura mezzo-soprano, Bartoli is renowned for her interpretations of the works of popular composers like Mozart, Bellini, Handel, and Vivaldi. Also known for her versatility, Cecilia Bartoli can sing both mezzo and soprano roles. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including Grammy Awards.

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Bryn Terfel
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)
Bryn Terfel
11
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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Joan Sutherland
(Australian Opera Singer)
Joan Sutherland
13
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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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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Juan Diego Flórez
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Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Kathryn Grayson
(American Coloratura Soprano and Actress)
Kathryn Grayson
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Birthdate: February 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 17, 2010

Kathryn Grayson was an American coloratura soprano and actress. She trained as an opera singer from a young age and went on to play leading roles in popular musical films like Thousands Cheer, Show Boat, and Kiss Me Kate. Later in her career, Kathryn Grayson performed in theatre and operas.

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Leontyne Price
(The First African-American Opera Singer to Achieve International Fame)
Leontyne Price
10
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

Multiple Grammy-winning legendary opera singer and musical diva Leontyne Price became the first singer of African-American origin who achieved international fame in opera. She soared to fame with her appearance in the TV production of Tosca and later performed at iconic venues, such as London’s Royal Opera House.

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Paul Sorvino
(Actor and Singer Known for His Role as ‘Paulie Cicero’ in the Film ‘Goodfellas’)
Paul Sorvino
17
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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Jessye Norman
(Legendary American Opera Singer and 5-Time Grammy Winner)
Jessye Norman
12
Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019

American opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman was born into a family of musicians and made her opera debut with Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in Berlin. A 5-time Grammy winner, she performed at iconic venues such as the Paris Opera and London’s Royal Opera, and also served as an ambassador to the UN.

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Kathleen Battle
(Grammy-Winning American Opera Singer Who Performed Mostly at the Metropolitan Opera)
Kathleen Battle
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Birthdate: August 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio, United States

American opera singer Kathleen Battle is said to be one of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her era. Initially a teacher, she got a breakthrough when conductor Thomas Schippers noticed her. A 5-time Grammy Award winner, she became a star of the Metropolitan Opera and later also won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

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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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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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Mirella Freni
(Italian Operatic Soprano)
Mirella Freni
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Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: February 9, 2020

Mirella Freni was an Italian operatic soprano who appeared at famous international opera houses over the course of her career, which spanned 50 years. Mirella Freni achieved international fame at the popular Glyndebourne Festival, where she performed as Adina in L'elisir d'amore and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

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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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Nicolai Gedda
(Swedish Opera Singer Who Was a Renowned Lyric Tenor)
Nicolai Gedda
3
Birthdate: July 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 8, 2017

Swedish opera singer Nicolai Gedda was one of the most influential lyric tenors of the world back in his time. His language skills helped him perform in languages as varied as English, French, German, and Italian. One of his most iconic roles was that of Anatol in Vanessa.

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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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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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Rufus Wainwright
(Opera Singer & Son of Musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle)
Rufus Wainwright
7
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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Malena Ernman
(Swedish 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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Diana Damrau
(Singer)
Diana Damrau
7
Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany
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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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Mary Costa
(American Opera Star Who Voiced 'Princess Aurora' in the Disney Musical 'Sleeping Beauty')
Mary Costa
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Birthdate: April 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville

Retired American opera singer Mary Costa is best known for voicing Princess Aurora in the Disney animated musical fantasy Sleeping Beauty. Named a Disney Legend later, she has also appeared in iconic operas such as Verdi's in La Traviata. Post-retirement, she has turned into a motivational speaker and fights against child abuse, too.

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Natalie Dessay
(Opera Singer Known for Her Portrayal of 'Olympia' in 'The Tales of Hoffmann')
Natalie Dessay
12
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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Lesley Garrett
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Birthdate: April 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thorne, England
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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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Mirusia Louwerse
(Australian Opera Singer)
Mirusia Louwerse
13
Birthdate: March 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane
Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian opera singer who has released a couple of platinum-certified albums. Nicknamed The Angel of Australia, Louwerse is also renowned for her charity work. Since 2010, Mirusia Louwerse has taken part in numerous charity concerts to raise money for the ACMF.
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Sondra Radvanovsky
(American-Canadian Opera Singer Who Is Known for Her Roles in Giuseppe Verdi's Interpretations)
Sondra Radvanovsky
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Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berwyn, Illinois, United States

American-Canadian opera singer Sondra Radvanovsky is known as one of the greatest interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi’s works. She was 21 when she bagged her debut opera role and later soared to fame with performances as Leonora in Il trovatore and as Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera.

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Emanne Beasha
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Birthdate: September 18, 2008
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
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Risë Stevens
(American Actress and Singer)
Risë Stevens
6
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2013

Risë Stevens was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for playing the titular role in Carmen. She is also remembered for her association with the Metropolitan Opera National Company, where she worked as director from 1963 to 1968. Stevens' life and career inspired two biographies, namely Subway to the Met and Risë Stevens: A Life in Music.

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Ana María Martínez
(Operatic soprano)
Ana María Martínez
12
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Aled Jones
(Singer, Radio personality, Opera singer)
Aled Jones
18
Birthdate: December 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangor
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Patricia Janečková
(Operatic soprano)
Patricia Janečková
15
Birthdate: June 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Münchberg, Germany
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Wynne Evans
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)
Wynne Evans
12
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.

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Laura Bretan
(Romanian-American Soprano)
Laura Bretan
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Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Laura Bretan is a Romanian-American soprano who came into prominence in 2016 when she won the sixth season of the popular TV show, Romania's Got Talent. In the same year, Laura Bretan also appeared in America's Got Talent where she finished sixth.

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Muslim Magomayev
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Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: October 25, 2008
 46 
Montserrat Martí
(Spanish Soprano Who Is the Daughter of Soprano Montserrat Caballé)
Montserrat Martí
15
Birthdate: November 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

The daughter of soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Bernabé Martí, Montserrat Martí, or Montsita, is a renowned Spanish soprano in her own right. Known for playing roles such as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, she has also been part of many charitable concerts. She has also sung with her mother.

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Helmut Lotti
(Belgian Tenor and Singer-Songwriter)
Helmut Lotti
6
Birthdate: October 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium

Helmut Lotti is a Belgian singer-songwriter best known for his ability to perform in several languages and styles. Once an Elvis impersonator, Lotti crossed over into classical music during the 1990s before going on to produce hit songs in Latino, African, and Jewish music. Helmut Lotti has many multi-platinum albums under his belt.

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Liza Wang
(Actress , Opera singer)
Liza Wang
15
Birthdate: August 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chongming County
Jakub Józef Orliński
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Birthdate: December 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
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Gundula Janowitz
6
Birthdate: August 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany