He's been singing professionally since he was 14 years old. It's hard for me to single out just one role he did, but my favorite is probably his interpretation of Mario Cavaradossi from "Tosca". Callas named him as her best partner in the many operas he sang with her.I like many of the choices here, but Corelli is number one. To make a list of the "best tenors" is quite ambivalent as there are different "prerequisites" for different composers. While Elvis was primarily perceived as a baritone and most of the tessitura of his songs was on the staff he was, in my opinion, a tenor. Corelli has no rivals. Freddie is arguably the greatest singer of all time regardless of classification. When he sings he touches one's heart and soul. His voice is like liquid, effortlessly pouring out of him like luminous gold. Without doubt...Pavarotti is the greatest. His sound is rich and powerful and full of emotion! Italian opera singers, whether female or male, but with a sensational operatic voice are classical singers and stars in their own right. Opera has long been mistaken to be purely singing. With links to: the scene itself (with movie, libretto and more information), the roles, the composer and the opera. Every age group are fans of his not only "the grannies "! Wunderlich and Mozart fit perfectly, whether Wunderlich and Wagner would have matched no one can say... Definitely the best tenor on the list! And when they sing, separately, or together, it "takes me to another place." 3 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. I was very young when Lanza died, but apparently I cried all day. In the book he sincerely analyzes and discusses all the best tenor voices 1850-2012 and compares Jussi Björling's voice with Caruso's, Gigli's, Pavarotti's di Stefano's.. And many more. I will grant that Italian singers are plentiful, but they are as unique from one another as they are many, with each one bringing something different of himself to his music. His care for others and the love he shows to all of his supporters, fans and family is gold. Irene. Actor. I found the BGT auditions. He has been given a gift and now shares it with the world and will for many years to come. He sang from his heart he was the maestro. Singer. He once came home with a record by a little known tenor Fritz Wunderlich who was amazing but sadly died aged 33. He is unaware of many of his reactions while singing because he goes to a different place. Josh Groban's voice positively makes me melt but again, it's not an operatic voice. There has been enourmous talent around in regards to tenor voices, and the lack of trustworthy records of many of them as well as the different types of voices make it very difficult to make comparisons. He continues to defy expectations and reach more audiences with his remarkable voice. I personally have now been listening to Opera for over 60 years and in my humble opinion Jussi had the finest and purest of great tenor voices. Adore any duets he does with the ladies, he, s such a romantic old guy, like his male duets too, never feels the need to show off or compete. His career was cut tragically short at the age of just 35, when he fell down stairs and hit his head. I know that Pavarotti has given the same area his own seal of exellence but Corelli had put into this area as much passion and virtuosity of voice as Pavarotti. He is the best singer of all time, and he always used his tenor voice, which wasn't his natural voice, he was a baritone! In spite all of those obstacles to make a fair comparison (which ultimately go against Jussi since his recordings are very old), I believe Björling is one step beyond the rest of the lyric tenors of this century for one or another reason. He is who he says he is, and wonderful to see and be around. Enrico Caruso (, also US: , Italian: [enˈriːko kaˈruːzo]; 25 February 1873 – 2 August 1921) was an Italian operatic tenor. Singer-songwriter, Actor, Comedian, Film director. He express his songs with so much emotion that you got carried away listening to it. The clarity of Boe's voice whether in higher or lower register is outstanding - his voice also has a flexibility which enables Alfie to use in all the many genres of music in which he is interested. “O mio babbino caro” (“Oh my dear papa”) aria from opera “Gianni Schicchi” by Puccini, it is the ultimate song when Daddy doesn’t approve of your boyfriend. Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film director. I am eagerly waiting for the 2nd CD and hope to see him perform in person someday. I must say it is amazing and quite sad not to see names as Bjorling, Gedda, Vickers, Di Stefano or Gigli in this list and see Jonathan Anthoine in the first place that has a nice voice overall (that cannot absolutely be even compared to the names mentioned before), scarce interpretative abilities, a scarse technique and most of all no history. He soon adopted the stage name Mario Lanza, which was similar to his mothers maiden name Maria Lanza. Besides having a great voice he has the matching personality. He hasn't only got a wonderful, warm and full tenore in the belcanto tradition of the great tenores, but a lot of brains too, proving it as an actor and a director on the opera stage, as a singer in concert and as the author of a really interesting and exciting novel with which he managed to convince even literature critics.Villazon is one of the most interesting figures in the opera scene today and besides he's a wonderful, warmhearted, generous and witty human being. The easy, natural style, the superb quality of his tone, his remarkable versatility and emotional range make him, for me, the best tenor in the world. Well prepared and facial expressions really showed that.5. He is a product of this talent show industry, that tries to sell very mediocre singers as stars! There was a sadness that coloured Corelli's voice and stage demeanor, along with the power, fire and passion more expected of the range, that allowed his performances to better suit the tragic-hero rolls he sung. 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. Michael Bublé. He was a great Mario Lanza fan since his late teens. A beautiful voice that touches your heart, and the fact that he sings all genres with the same warmth he just takes you with him on a journey whatever he sings. Not only because of his beautiful, powerful and versatile voice, his dramatic range, his ability to sing everything from baroque to modern, not only because of the wonderful colours, the soft velvet, but also because he delivers perfectly every character he is playing. My father's voice had the rich tonal quality which I loved (he sang semi-professionally, but was a Navy Commander, away at sea a lot) and even at 5 yrs old recognized in Lanza's voice. He s so young and sings with the mature, professional and experienced voice. My students and I even bought their CD for the classroom.The pure sound, the gift Jonathon has is not just his voice, it is also the emotion, the emote, he sends with ever note. First time I heard carrera's, I have doubt with his "thick" voice is capable to reach the high note. Became quite familiar with Opera singers, Mr. Caruso in particular (although he had long passed away). I've only had the opportunity to hear him on television and in recordings since, but I consider him the best tenor ever because he combines all elements of opera so successfully and beautifully. Piero's voice is miles ahead of his peers given that he is only 20 years old. Then my dad introduced me to the greatest tenor of all time Pavarotti. Vocally, he was incredibly exciting. Not everything that the scientist said is true, because they don't understand the singing way of someone's voice and their staments are sometimes useless. Just wonderful. I could listen to him all day. His voice can only get better in time. Apart from his amazing vocals he is jaw droppingly beautiful in such a charming, animated way. I was astonished when I "discovered" his recordings recently and there is so much to listen to. Hearing live most of the greatest tenors in the last fifty years, Franco Corelli at his best, was in a class of his own. Composer, Musicologist, Singer, Music theorist, Composer, Singer, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter. Apparently I would sit, transfixed, at the gramophone and listen to my favorite's voice, it helped me get over missing my father. The voice in opera is usually split in to sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. His sings differently when performing opera. Did you ever before cry with Simon Boccanegra, see Francesco Foscari in despair or a Conte di Luna who truely loves? His singing is effortless! He should be number 1! His voice sounds crystal clear, like a body of water that you can see the bottom of even though it is miles away. Alfie Boe? Finally, listen to his "Alfie Warbles a Bit" YouTube version of "Nessun Dorma" and you will hear a tenor of the highest quality. This mans glorious voice is rich and full throughout the tenor range. He was not perfect, some roles where not fitted for his voice and at times he showed (especially in the later years) a not so solid technique compared to other tenors. He is intelligent, and he is so easy to work with so says everyone who works and worked with him. Article by Evelyn Saavedra. I had to share not only the YouTube clips but anything I could find. No doubt the greatest tenor of all times. I instantly became a Huge Fan of Josh and all these Years later, I am Still a Josh Fan and Can NOT get enough of Josh's Voice and Music. I was not a fan of opera until I heard josh sing, and it was only then did I start listening to the famous male artists of opera. This tenor didn't even really perform with a full voice high C but is the greatest one! You will never find a greaterTenor or human being ever.! His "Che Gelida Manina" is beautiful. Dimash has the widest range, including the tenor. His superlative starring role as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables helped redefine expectations. Ignazio sings with passion, even when he was 14 at Ti Lascio Una Canzone in 2009. Listen especially to the way he sang the Timi Yuro classic "Hurt." Music is such a subjective choice as to what one likes to hear in a voice. We were truly blessed to have the great Lucciano there has and never will be another tenor like him. You see Mario Lanza, though a tenor, sounded like my Father, who was a baritone. 1 is because these lists don't mean much.The reason Jonathan Antoine is No. His name will certainly go down in history along with a man I know truly inspired him Luciano Pavarotti. His ability to touch people's souls already at such a young age is incredible. His deeply moving, sincere singing always touches you. He loves to sing. Listen to the clarity and purity of the high notes and the strength of his low notes, the sheer muscularity, masculinity, musicality and magnificence of it all. Jun 9, 2013 - Luciano Pavarotti , the Italian tenor whose clarion lyric voice and performances from concert houses to outdoor stadiums made him a pop ic... More information List Of Famous Italian Singers | ... most famous opera singer since Enrico Caruso , has died. Not only that, it also swept Europe and catapulted to the top spot in Sweden, Switzerland and France. He certainly gets my vote as the world's greatest tenor.! Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), was an Italian tenor who made his name by performing in the best opera houses in Europe and North America. One of the most lovely things about him is his young age. Another tenor not mentioned, and worth mentioning, is Frank Kelley, superb with both Bach and Mozart! He leaves them all … You feel wrapped up in it like an embrace. Placido by far surpasses everyone with his versatility, his fabulous voice, his emotion when he sings. His versatility is amazing. talent shows, and whose opinions would probably have Susan Boyle top of the soprano list. He is believable, he doesn't pretend to be a character, he is. When he sang any song, he never looked nervous, opened his mouth and sang, with ease, the pieces.4. This guy is the best in the World today. Although he possesses this phenominal talent he is humble, gentle and compassionate. New : Save your favorite arias, videos and singers! Piero Barone Ognibene ...more, There are so many great singers in this category, including his Il Volo "brother", Iganzio. His singing is effortless! Having listened to opera for nearly 60 years, I can tell you that certain tenors lend themselves best to certain operas. He controls his voice for the application of the music he sings. 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