If you’re a classical music fan, then you’ve likely heard the powerful and resonant sound of one of the world’s best tenors. Tenors are some of the most important singers in the genre, forming the backbone of much of the classical music repertoire.
These tenors have amassed acclaim and loyal fanbases as they tour the world’s concert halls. We’re pleased to introduce you to some of the best tenors in the business today.
First up is Roberto Alagna, a French opera singer known for his expressive, lyrical tone. Alagna has had multiple singing engagements at the Metropolitan Opera, in addition to appearing at many other venues around the world. He has built a loyal fanbase thanks to his passionate performances that draw from both Classical traditions and more contemporary styles.
Italian tenor Fabio Armiliato is a master of operatic bel canto, with powerful and sweet vocals ranging from tender songs to heartbreaking arias. He is popularly praised for his musicality and interpretation, creating performances that are quite moving for listeners. This beloved singer has performed all over Europe, North America and Asia, as well as smaller upcoming operas like Palermo’s Teatro Massimo Bellini.
Michael Spyres is an American tenor who has taken Europe by storm with his robust vocals. Spyres has soared through key roles in productions such as Beethoven’s Fidelio, Wagner’s Lohengrin and Mozart’s Lete Nozze di Figaro. His unmistakable voice was featured on BBC Radio 3’s “Afternoon On 3 Music Matters” program in 2016 and he currently performs internationally over 150 times every year.
Yusif Eyvazov is an Azerbaijani tenor who has been delighting audiences with his incredible vocal range since he first gained international recognition in 2006. He continues to take on leading roles at prestigious venues such as La Scala and Royal Opera House Covent Garden for high-profile productions of Don Carlos, Aida and La Traviata.
Another impressive voice is that of American opera singer Nathan Gunn. He performs everything from traditional works to new commissions with real passion, carrying out each piece with gusto. Gunn enjoys performances throughout North America and Europe as well as Japan, India, Hong Kong and Singapore — always leaving packed venues singing his praises along with him.
Baritone turned tenor Mark Padmore is often heralded as one of England’s most esteemed singers today due to his performances in operas such as Der Rosenkavalier, Patient Joannes and The Cunning Little Vixen. Possessing a lithe yet beautiful quality in his voice, Padmore travels the world for performances of classical music concerts which he puts on with grace and ease.
Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon stepped onto the international stage after a triumphant debut performance at Germany’s Königtum Theatre Munich when he was just 23 years old. Credited among audiences for having “a powerful instrument capable with artful beauty,” he now appears regularly in opera houses across Europe such as La Scala and Vienna State Opera while also reaching far corners of Latin America with stunning offerings such as Pelléas et Mélisande at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes theater.
David Lomeli is an emerging Mexican tenor quickly making a name for himself through recent pursuits to conquer Europe’s renowned operas like La Scala and Royal Opera House Covent Garden while captivating fans with breathtaking accounts of famous works such as Faust or Carmen — even taking part in annual special galas like Teatro Regio di Parma’s “I Palcoscenici del Mondo”.
The striking tone of Giuseppe Filianoti comes brings crowds applause across every venue he appears — whether it’s New York City’s Carnegie Hall or Monte Carlo’s Salle Garnierstage. Possessing impressive technical ability to do justice to works by composers such as Verdi or Puccini — this Italianborn singer excels when it comes to stirring up emotions inside an audience no matter what country he performs in.
Finally there’s Jonas Kaufmann – without doubt one of opera’s most popular stars today due to some extraordinary interpretations of Wagner masterpieces like Tristan und Isolde or Parsifal as well as performing iconic works such as Andrea Chenier or Don Carlos at concert halls across many continents such as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw or Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu just to name a few.
These are only some of music’s impressive crop of today’s best tenors – all gifted performers exemplifying why there will never be a shortage admiration for the great art form that is classical opera singing.