Luciano Pavarotti

If some hardcore opera buffs had doubts, the general public felt Pavarotti deserved the mantle of Gigli, Caruso, Tauber and Lanza as the greatest, most popular tenor. 

Enrico Caruso


One of the definitive voices of the 20th century, Enrico Caruso was that rarest of creatures: a truly great artist with a mass popular following.

Plácido Domingo

Domingo is that rarest of vocal phenomena, a tenor who uses his voice in the service of re-creating great art, and not as a thrilling end in itself.

Elly Ameling

Born in Rotterdam in 1933, the legendary Dutch soprano charmed audiences worldwide with her Lieder recitals for over four decades, before retiring to teach. 

Rosa Ponselle

For many of those who experienced both singers live, Rosa Ponselle was even greater, both as a voice and as an artist, than Maria Callas. 

Renata Tebaldi

Renata Tebaldi was the leading Italian soprano of the 1950s and 1960s in the Verdi and Puccini repertoire. She had a creamy voice, in which the listener could bask.

Christine Brewer

First heard as a Mozartian, Christine Brewer has retained the flexibility of her lyric voice while adding to its power. A peerless Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan, she is now in her prime.

Elisabeth Schumann

These days, Schumann is seen as a connoisseur’s singer, but her name was once inseparably linked with such Mozart roles as Susanna, Blonde and Despina, and Strauss’s Sophie.

Karita Mattila

Known as the ‘Finnish Venus’, Mattila is a stage animal whose performances carry conviction unsurpassed in the opera house today.

Gundula Janowitz

Janowitz is known for having the most beautiful voice of all time, and using it to express the voluptuous purity of German music.

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