Classical Singers

A classical singer may be referred to any kind of a singer who is involved in the singing of traditional form or art music that has very strong roots in the old-style and historic style of music. Classical music may be inspired by ancient literature, history or even may be spiritual or religious texts in certain cases. The type of classical music is varied and differs from country to country. The nation specific types of classical music include American classical music, Indian classical music, French classical music, Iranian classical music, Ottoman classical music and many more. Classical music as a specific term did not came into existence until the 19th century. However, many of the instruments that were used in order to compose clasiio9cal music were invented before the 19th century. One of the main characteristics of classical music is its ability to produce some of the worlds finest forms of instrumental music like symphony, opera, sonata and symphonic poem among many others in this genre.in the 21st century, classical music is considered as one the many art forms that is timeless. With this collection of biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history, learn more about the world’s most famous classical singers.
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 1 Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

 2 Rajkumar

Rajkumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gajanur, India
Died: April 12, 2006

Legendary Kannada actor and singer Dr. Rajkumar had gained titles such as Nata Saarvabhouma and Gaana Gandharva from his fans. He was a major force behind the Gokak agitation for Kannada language. He had also been awarded with the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

 3 Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States

Jason Aldean is an American singer and songwriter known for his work in the country music genre. One of the most decorated male country music singers of his generation, Aldean has many platinum-certified albums under his belt. Also a philanthropist, Aldean has raised nearly $4 million for cancer research and continues to work towards raising awareness about breast cancer research.

 4 Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Croydon, United Kingdom
Died: November 16, 2009

Edward Woodward was an English singer and actor. After starting his career as a stage actor, Woodward achieved popularity in 1967 when he started playing the title role in the popular television series Callan, for which he won the British Academy Television Award in 1970. In 1986, he won the Golden Globe Award for his performance in the movie The Equalizer.

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 5 Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK

 6 Manju Warrier

Manju Warrier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India

Manju Warrier is an Indian actress, producer, director, dancer, and singer known for her work in the Malayalam film industry. One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, Warrier has received many awards like Filmfare Awards South, Kerala State Film Award, and a National Film Award. She is a founding member of an organization named Women in Cinema Collective.

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 7 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

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 8 M. S. Subbulakshmi

M. S. Subbulakshmi
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Famous As: Carnatic Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004

M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

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 9 Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baradah, Saptary, Nepal

Known for ruling the Bollywood playback scene in the 1990s, Udit Narayan has 4 National Awards in his kitty. Initially a singer on a Kathmandu radio station, he later moved to Mumbai. He soared to fame with the track Papa Kehte Hain and later scored many hits with singer Alka Yagnik.

 10 Dimash Kudaibergen

Dimash Kudaibergen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aktobe, Kazakhstan

 11 Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

National Award- and Filmfare-winning singer Monali Thakur is best known for her hit tracks such as Moh Moh Ke Dhaage and Sawaar Loon. She first gained fame with Indian Idol 2 and later also acted in movies such as Lakshmi. She later secretly married a Swiss restaurateur she met on a trip.

 12 Bhimsen Joshi

Bhimsen Joshi
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Famous As: Hindustani Classical Vocalist
Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka
Died: February 24, 2011

Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist best known for recording devotional songs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Bhimsen Joshi was the first Indian musician whose concerts were promoted through posters in New York City, New York. Over the course of his career, Joshi received prestigious honors, such as the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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 13 Noor Jehan

Noor Jehan
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Famous As: Singer and Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: December 23, 2000

Noor Jehan was a Pakistani actress and playback singer. In a career spanning over 60 years, she is estimated to have sung around 20,000 songs. One of the most important Pakistani singers of all time, Noor Jehan is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest South Asian singers of all time.

 14 Amira Willighagen

Amira Willighagen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nijmegen, Netherlands
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 15 Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Higher Walton, United Kingdom
Died: October 8, 1953

 16 Mohammed Abdel Wahab

Mohammed Abdel Wahab
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: May 4, 1991

 17 Ahlam

Ahlam
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 18 Kumar Gandharva

Kumar Gandharva
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Famous As: Hindustani classical singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sulebhavi, Belgaum District, Karnataka, India
Died: January 12, 1992

Kumar Gandharva was an Indian singer best remembered for his unique vocal style. In spite of fighting a personal battle in the late 40s, Gandharva went on to become one of the finest classical singers of his generation. In 1990, Kumar Gandharva was honored with India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

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 19 Dolores Gray

Dolores Gray
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 26, 2002

 20 Sibel Can

Sibel Can
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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 21 Zeki Müren

Zeki Müren
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
Died: September 24, 1996

 22 Nexhmije Pagarusha

Nexhmije Pagarusha
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: May 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pagarushë, Kosovo
Died: February 7, 2020

 23 Sílvia Pérez Cruz

Sílvia Pérez Cruz
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palafrugell, Catalonia, Spain

 24 Gangubai Hangal

Gangubai Hangal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hangal, Karnataka, India
Died: July 21, 2009

Gangubai Hangal was an Indian singer best remembered for her powerful and deep voice. Since Hangal's mother's family was regarded as people belonging to low social status, Gangubai Hangal had to fight against this prejudice to become one of the most revered female Hindustani classical singers of her generation. In 1996, she was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

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 25 Dorival Caymmi

Dorival Caymmi
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Died: August 16, 2008

 26 Victor Rathnayake

Victor Rathnayake
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kadugannawa, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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 27 Iqbal Bano

Iqbal Bano
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: April 21, 2009

 28 Abdul Rahim Sarban

Abdul Rahim Sarban
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: April 2, 1993

 29 Marzieh

Marzieh
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: October 13, 2010

 30 Georg Ots

Georg Ots
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 5, 1975

 31 Nawal El Kuwaitia

Nawal El Kuwaitia
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait

 32 Mohammad Hussain Sarahang

Mohammad Hussain Sarahang
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Kharabat, Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: 1983 AD

 33 Muazzez Ersoy

Muazzez Ersoy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uzunköprü, Edirne, Turkey

 34 Hakan Altun

Hakan Altun
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

 35 Âşık Veysel

Âşık Veysel
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Famous As: Writer, Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Şarkışla, Turkey
Died: March 21, 1973

 36 Shobha Gurtu

Shobha Gurtu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Died: September 27, 2004

Shobha Gurtu was an Indian singer best known for her fame achieved by sticking to light Hindustani classical style, although she had indistinguishable control over pure classical style. Dubbed the Thumri Queen, Shobha Gurtu went on to win prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, and Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar.

 37 Gulden Karabocek

Gulden Karabocek
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey

 38 Olavi Virta

Olavi Virta
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sysmä, Finland
Died: July 14, 1972

 39 Siobhan Owen

Siobhan Owen
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: October 4, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales

 40 Ruth Fernández

Ruth Fernández
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Famous As: Contralto
Birthdate: May 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: January 9, 2012

 41 Zeynab Khanlarova

Zeynab Khanlarova
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 42 Hamlet Gonashvili

Hamlet Gonashvili
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anaga, Kakheti, Georgia
Died: July 25, 1985

 43 Terpander

Terpander
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0712 AD
Birthplace: Antissa, Greece
Died: 0645 AD

 44 Evelyn Lear

Evelyn Lear
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: January 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 1, 2012

 45 Ross Barbour

Ross Barbour
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States
Died: August 20, 2011

 46 Khaled El Sheikh

Khaled El Sheikh
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bahrain

 47 Farid Zoland

Farid Zoland
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Famous As: Songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: September 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kabul , Afghanistan

 48 Tanja Carovska

Tanja Carovska
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Resen, North Macedonia

 49 Ramón Vinay

Ramón Vinay
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Famous As: Operatic Tenor
Birthdate: August 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chillán, Chile
Died: January 4, 1996

 50 Giovanni Matteo Mario

Giovanni Matteo Mario
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cagliari, Italy
Died: December 11, 1883
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