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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 26th, 2013, 05:56 AM
We are voting for favorite/recommended operas, so why not for favorite singers?

I propose a straightforward vote: each member will vote once and only once, for 10 female singers and 10 male singers in no particular order - just the person's ten favorites in each gender. We just count the votes; each vote for each singer is worth one point, and we get to the list based on the most voted artists.

Please notice that I'm saying "favorites" - not "best" which is both subjective as a concept, and also objective - but the objective part is a bit too technical for this exercise. We don't want to get into fine points of vocal technique. All singers who are worth voting for in such a small list of ten artists among the hundreds (thousands?) of singers in activity will necessarily have at the very least, very decent vocal technique (you can't get to and remain on the top of the profession without solid technique), and given that nobody is perfect, all of them are likely to have the odd little vocal issue here and there (which often has more to do with being miscast than with any serious shortcoming).

Opera Lively has already held a vote of vocal technique (we did it only for female singers, though - maybe one day we'll do it for males). This time, it's not just technique - it's more global, as implied in the "favorite" concept, and we are addressing both genders.

So, given that all these artists have fine technique give or take a few notches up and a few down, and give or take factors such as being still learning, having reached the peak, or being in decline, what makes a singer one of the favorites of our members is indeed quite subjective and linked to *multiple* factors - so we'll definitely not consider just vocal technique - and not necessarily current form, in the case of those singers already suffering from a bit of decline.

Some people will like the specific timbre of voice of a singer, and/or their musicality/phrasing. Others will enjoy their acting and stage presence; comic and/or dramatic flair. Others will pay attention to the importance of their lifetime body of work, and their advocacy for the art form. Others will also consider their looks (which I consider to be absolutely fair game - these artists are in the performing arts, and they do use their faces and bodies as elements of their performances). Others still will consider the singer's personality and intelligence (which is also fair game - a friendly and smart person with a charming personality will naturally earn more points in someone's favorite consideration). Others will look into the singer's repertory (e.g. Baroque, or bel canto, or contemporary opera, etc., given the voter's preferred sub-genres), or fach. And yes, some people will pay attention to technique, why not? While it is not the only factor for this vote, it is of course not excluded either.

In summary, most people will consider their favorites from a multitude of angles and a combination of all the above factors, and other factors I may have forgotten to mention. Someone's list of favorites is personal and not to be questioned or challenged. There is never a "wrong" list of favorites. Each person is entitled to his/her favorites, period. But as a community, it will be fun to pool our preferences together and come up with a list of the artists who have impressed the most Opera Lively members, and therefore collected more votes.

The only criterion I'd propose as mandatory is that the singers we're voting for, are *current* operatic singers, that is, they are still in activity on the operatic stage - no dead or retired singers or those who are semi-retired (such as the ones who are only active in the recital circuit) will belong in this list. Singers need to be currently performing opera on stage to qualify for this vote. I mean opera, not just lieder, etc.

Even though I said personal preferences are never "wrong" and shouldn't be strongly challenged, there is nothing wrong with a little light banter and teasing - this is part of how this kind of exercise can be fun for our community. Voters are encouraged to defend their favorites and praise their qualities, and sometimes they will engage with other voters in some sort of commentary. However I do ask our members to refrain from offensive negative comments about these fine artists. We need to respect the people who work very hard for very long years of gruesome preparation in order to perform our favorite art form for us. We wouldn't be listening to opera without singers. Being an opera singer is extremely difficult, and just the fact of making it, is admirable and honorable. So, please, very light and respectful banter is OK, but no bashing of these fine artists should be included in this exercise. Not only we don't want to spoil our friendship with fellow OL members by putting down singers they love, but we also want to maintain the high standards and the reputation of this web site - part of the appeal of our site is the fact that so many singers have graciously granted to us their time and attention in interviews, and have issued favorable comments about Opera Lively in their social media accounts - we definitely don't want to spoil that!

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OK, I'll start (again, in no particular order).

The ladies:

Joyce DiDonato
Anna Netrebko
Nina Stemme
Waltraud Meier
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Renée Fleming
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Susan Graham
Diana Damrau
Barbara Hannigan

The gentlemen:

Juan Diego Flórez
Jonas Kaufmann
Philippe Jaroussky
Plácido Domingo
Piotr Beczala
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
René Pape
Erwin Schrott
Lawrence Brownlee

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There are plenty of other singers I like almost as much, but since there is space for only twenty, these are my twenty.

I'll defend each one, in one short line:

Joyce DiDonato - intelligent, fun, good-looking, phenomenal stage presence, good advocacy, very lyrical voice that is also agile with great technique, personable, and the queen of social media

Anna Netrebko - one of the most spectacular timbres of voice in the last several decades, and a tone of charm and beauty, able to command a stage and to carry a production on her own

Nina Stemme - what a fierce lady! Incredible in Wagnerian roles, and a great actress

Waltraud Meier - unmatched class and elegance, makes of every production she is in, something worth seeing

Anna Caterina Antonacci - intelligent, friendly, cultured, beautiful, a fabulous and naturally gifted actress with a killer voice that is quite unique and unusual

Renée Fleming - important body of works, eternally good-looking, a leader in the field

Eva-Maria Westbroek - unassuming, down-to-Earth but with amazing technique, very focused in the way she prepares for roles

Susan Graham - lots of fun, great charm, friendly and witty, amazing as a person, lights up the stage

Diana Damrau - rarely seen passion for the art form, putting together extremely intense performances

Barbara Hannigan - hugely talented in multiple fields (singer, actress, conductor, dancer) and the most active advocate for new and contemporary music (and very pretty)

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Juan Diego Flórez - the king of bel canto, great technique, consistently excellent in his performances

Jonas Kaufmann - phenomenal actor, handsome and believable in his roles, conveys emotion very well, great voice and superior technique

Philippe Jaroussky - angelic timbre of voice, exquisite technique, completely masters his repertory

Plácido Domingo - the most important body of works with a career spanning fifty years, versatile, huge repertory

Piotr Beczala - courageous, knows what he wants, focused, accurate technique, beautiful voice

Jay Hunter Morris - one of the nicest human beings in the business, passionate, lots of fun

Luca Pisaroni - charming, friendly, committed, always reaching for excellence

René Pape - secure, very precise singing with a beautiful timbre, classy

Erwin Schrott - fast evolution, getting better and better in singing and acting, good stage presence

Lawrence Brownlee - another nice human being, great sense of phrasing and musicality, beautiful high notes

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 26th, 2013, 06:22 AM
Bump

Strange, I don't know why this post is not showing in the Activity Stream - this way, nobody will notice the vote. I'm bumping it to see if the new post shows up there.

Soave_Fanciulla
December 26th, 2013, 09:51 AM
Women

Joyce DiDonato
Daniella Barcellona
Anja Harteros
Nina Stemme
Waltraud Meier
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Patricia Petibon
Romina Basso
Miah Persson
Barbara Hannigan

Men

Peter Mattei
Jonas Kaufmann
Klaus Florian Vogt
Philippe Jaroussky
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Simon Keenlyside
Gerald Finley
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu

My criterion was: whose name on a recording sends me straight to checkout. But I still had to leave a lot of favourites out, some of them on your list, Luiz

Edit - OMG I can't believe I left out John Mark Ainsley! And Toby Spence! And Mark Padmore! And Ferruccio Furlanetto! And Valer Sabadus! And Franco Fagioli! And Ruggero Raimondi (still hanging in there, and still singing his original fach, unlike some other septuagenarians we might mention)!

Couldn't we have twenty?

Clayton
December 26th, 2013, 03:11 PM
Like Soave_Fanciulla, this list is qualified by the fact that if I saw their name on a list of performers, I would take immediate notice. This list is substantially different from a list that would have been compiled 3 months ago.

As opposed to championing the singers with their character or technical ability, I would like to look at the performances that marked these singers in my mind and heart.

Ladies

Edita Gruberova - Too may performances to list but undoubtedly a queen
Angela Gheourghiu - Historic performance of Violetta and an unforgettable Adina
Anna Netrebko - One of the most beautiful Giuletta's ever heard
Elina Garanca - A beautiful and gallant Romeo and Sesto
Barbara Hannigan - A haunting performance in Written on Skin
Mireille Delunsch - A performance in Iphegenie en Tauride that is beautiful and torturing
Marie-Nicole Lemieux - As for her rich and beautiful portrayal of Giulio Cesare
Romina Basso - As Cornelia singing the brilliant duet
Emoke Barath - As Sesto in Giulio Cesare opposite Lemieux and Basso
Ann Hallenberg - Her performance as Tolomeo must surely make this one of the great Handel opera recordings


Gentlemen

Neil Schicoff - Many performances but a great Edgardo to Edita's Lucia
Jose Bros - Most recently Gennaro but also Edgardo, Lord Percy,
Roberto Alagna - A beautiful Nemorino and what an entertainer
Marius Kwiecien - A galant and show stealing performance as Rodrigo
Ferruccio Furlanetto - A majestic King Phillip at ROH
Simon Keenlyside - Oreste, Billy, Giorgio, again too many performances to list
Mark Padmore - Oh what a brilliant tortured Tito
Jonas Kaufmann - A performance of Florestan that is incredible
Leo Nucci - As Giorgio Germont his voice grabbed my heart
Placido Domingo - Too many performances to list but undoubtedly a King

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 26th, 2013, 03:48 PM
Let me try to tally as we go otherwise it will become too difficult, later.

The ladies:

Barbara Hannigan 3
Joyce DiDonato 2
Anna Netrebko 2
Nina Stemme 2
Waltraud Meier 2
Anna Caterina Antonacci 2
Romina Basso 2
Renée Fleming
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Susan Graham
Diana Damrau
Daniella Barcellona
Anja Harteros
Patricia Petibon
Miah Persson
Edita Gruberova
Angela Gheourghiu
Elina Garanca
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 3
Philippe Jaroussky 2
Plácido Domingo 2
Simon Keenlyside 2
Juan Diego Flórez
Piotr Beczala
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
René Pape
Erwin Schrott
Lawrence Brownlee
Peter Mattei
Klaus Florian Vogt
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Gerald Finley
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Marius Kwiecien
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci

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Maybe subsequent voters should do this as they vote - they'd vote then copy and paste the above list and update it according to their vote so that we won't need to rely on anyone in particular to tally the votes.

Please beware of voting for singers who are very old - please check if they're retired or not; or semi-retired (just doing recitals, not doing operatic stage - which would make them ineligible). One way to check is to look up the singer's official website and schedule; or look up operatic databases.

Clayton
December 26th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Maybe subsequent voters should do this as they vote - they'd vote then copy and paste the above list and update it according to their vote so that we won't need to rely on anyone in particular to tally the votes.


Or we could just press gang Amfortas... :devilish:

Amfortas
December 26th, 2013, 06:15 PM
Ladies:

Anna Caterina Antonacci
Diana Damrau
Joyce DiDonato
Renée Fleming
Elina Garanca
Waltraud Meier
Kristine Opolais
Miah Persson
Patricia Petibon
Adrianne Pieczonka

Gentlemen:

Plácido Domingo
Gerald Finley
Juan Diego Flórez
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Jonas Kaufmann
Simon Keenlyside
René Pape
Bryn Terfel
Rolando Villazon

Updated Totals:

The ladies:

Barbara Hannigan 3
Joyce DiDonato 3
Anna Caterina Antonacci 3
Waltraud Meier 3
Anna Netrebko 2
Nina Stemme 2
Romina Basso 2
Renée Fleming 2
Diana Damrau 2
Patricia Petibon 2
Miah Persson 2
Elina Garanca 2
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Susan Graham
Daniella Barcellona
Anja Harteros
Edita Gruberova
Angela Gheourghiu
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg
Kristine Opolais
Adrianne Pieczonka

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 4
Plácido Domingo 3
Simon Keenlyside 3
Philippe Jaroussky 2
Juan Diego Flórez 2
René Pape 2
Gerald Finley 2
Ferruccio Furlanetto 2
Piotr Beczala
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
Erwin Schrott
Lawrence Brownlee
Peter Mattei
Klaus Florian Vogt
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Marius Kwiecien
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Bryn Terfel
Rolando Villazon

Hoffmann
December 26th, 2013, 11:40 PM
I'm a little short on favorite ladies, but here is what I have:

1. Waltraud Meier
2. Renee Fleming
3. Nina Stemme
4. Susan Graham
5. Joyce DiDonato
6. Kristine Opolais
7. Edita Gruberova
8. Anna Netrebko


The Guys:

1. Jonas Kaufmann
2. Klaus Florian Vogt
3. Lawrence Brownlee
4. Placido Domingo
5. Idebrando D'Arcangelo
6. Thomas Hampson
7. Piotr Beczala
8. Juan Diego Florez
9. Peter Mattei
10. Martti Talvela

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 27th, 2013, 12:19 AM
Updated Totals:

The ladies:

Joyce DiDonato 4
Waltraud Meier 4
Anna Caterina Antonacci 3
Anna Netrebko 3
Nina Stemme 3
Renée Fleming 3
Barbara Hannigan 3
Romina Basso 2
Diana Damrau 2
Patricia Petibon 2
Miah Persson 2
Elina Garanca 2
Kristine Opolais 2
Susan Graham 2
Edita Gruberova 2
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Daniella Barcellona
Anja Harteros
Angela Gheorghiu
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg
Adrianne Pieczonka

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 5
Plácido Domingo 4
Simon Keenlyside 3
Juan Diego Flórez 3
Philippe Jaroussky 2
René Pape 2
Gerald Finley 2
Ferruccio Furlanetto 2
Piotr Beczala 2
Lawrence Brownlee 2
Peter Mattei 2
Klaus Florian Vogt 2
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
Erwin Schrott
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Marius Kwiecien
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Bryn Terfel
Rolando Villazon
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Thomas Hampson
Martti Talvela

Amfortas
December 27th, 2013, 08:27 AM
Martti Talvela isn't active anymore.

Mascagnian
December 27th, 2013, 01:25 PM
Ladies:
Renee Fleming
Anna Netrebko
Joyce DiDonato
Simone Kermes
Cecilia Bartoli
Ewa Podles
Vivica Genaux
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Patricia Petibon
Angela Gheorgiu

Gentlemen:
Jonas Kaufman
Juan Diego Florez
Marius Kwiecien
Philippe Jaroussky
Max Emanuel Cencic
Simon Keenlyside
Piotr Beczala
Idebrando D'Arcangelo
Iestyn Davies
Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 27th, 2013, 04:31 PM
Martti Talvela isn't active anymore.

In this case, Hoffmann, please vote for another gentleman to replace him, thanks.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 27th, 2013, 04:40 PM
Ladies:
Renee Fleming
Anna Netrebko
Joyce DiDonato
Simone Kermes
Cecilia Bartoli
Ewa Podles
Vivica Genaux
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Patricia Petibon
Angela Gheorgiu

Gentlemen:
Jonas Kaufman
Juan Diego Florez
Marius Kwiecien
Philippe Jaroussky
Max Emanuel Cencic
Simon Keenlyside
Piotr Beczala
Idebrando D'Arcangelo
Iestyn Davies
Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Updated Totals:

The ladies:

Joyce DiDonato 5
Renée Fleming 4
Waltraud Meier 4
Anna Netrebko 4
Anna Caterina Antonacci 4
Nina Stemme 3
Patricia Petibon 3
Barbara Hannigan 3
Romina Basso 2
Diana Damrau 2
Miah Persson 2
Elina Garanca 2
Kristine Opolais 2
Susan Graham 2
Edita Gruberova 2
Angela Gheorghiu 2
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Daniella Barcellona
Anja Harteros
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg
Adrianne Pieczonka
Simone Kermes
Cecilia Bartoli
Ewa Podles
Vivica Genaux

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 6
Plácido Domingo 4
Juan Diego Flórez 4
Simon Keenlyside 4
Philippe Jaroussky 3
Piotr Beczala 3
René Pape 2
Gerald Finley 2
Ferruccio Furlanetto 2
Dmitri Hvorostovsky 2
Lawrence Brownlee 2
Peter Mattei 2
Klaus Florian Vogt 2
Marius Kwiecien 2
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo 2
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
Erwin Schrott
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Max Emanuel Cencic
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci
Iestyn Davies
Bryn Terfel
Rolando Villazon
Thomas Hampson

MAuer
December 27th, 2013, 06:41 PM
Ladies
Anja Harteros
Camilla Nylund
Anna Netrebko
Agnes Baltsa (yes, she's still active)
Elina Garanca
Patrizia Ciofi
Angela Gheorgiu
Genia Kühmeier
Joyce Di Donato
Waltraud Meier

Gentlemen
Jonas Kaufmann
Dietrich Henschel
Stephen Milling
Anthony Michaels-Moore
Lawrence Brownlee
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Bryn Terfel
Klaus Florian Vogt
Simon Keenlyside
Thomas Hampson

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 28th, 2013, 01:31 AM
Updated Totals:

The ladies:

Joyce DiDonato 6
Waltraud Meier 5
Anna Netrebko 5
Renée Fleming 4
Anna Caterina Antonacci 4
Nina Stemme 3
Patricia Petibon 3
Barbara Hannigan 3
Angela Gheorghiu 3
Elina Garanca 3
Romina Basso 2
Diana Damrau 2
Miah Persson 2
Kristine Opolais 2
Anja Harteros 2
Susan Graham 2
Edita Gruberova 2
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Daniella Barcellona
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg
Adrianne Pieczonka
Simone Kermes
Cecilia Bartoli
Ewa Podles
Vivica Genaux
Camila Nylund
Agnes Baltsa
Patricia Ciofi
Genia Kühmeier

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 7
Simon Keenlyside 5
Plácido Domingo 4
Juan Diego Flórez 4
Philippe Jaroussky 3
Piotr Beczala 3
Dmitri Hvorostovsky 3
Klaus Florian Vogt 3
Lawrence Brownlee 3
René Pape 2
Gerald Finley 2
Ferruccio Furlanetto 2
Bryn Terfel 2
Thomas Hampson 2
Peter Mattei 2
Marius Kwiecien 2
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo 2
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
Erwin Schrott
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Max Emanuel Cencic
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci
Iestyn Davies
Rolando Villazon
Dietrich Henschel
Stephen Milling
Anthony Michaels-Moor

Hoffmann
December 28th, 2013, 10:22 PM
Martti Talvela isn't active anymore.

I will check my program when I get home, but could swear he sang one of the giants in Rheingold in Berlin in April.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 28th, 2013, 10:27 PM
I will check my program when I get home, but could swear he sang one of the giants in Rheingold in Berlin in April.

On Operabase, no performances by him are scheduled in the future. Looks like he has retired.

Edit - definitely "retired" - he died on July 22, 1989 at the tender age of 54, while dancing at his daughter's wedding.

Amfortas
December 28th, 2013, 10:49 PM
Edit - definitely "retired" - he died on July 22, 1989 at the tender age of 54, while dancing at his daughter's wedding.

Yes. My "isn't active anymore" was intentionally understated.

Clayton
December 28th, 2013, 11:15 PM
I will check my program when I get home, but could swear he sang one of the giants in Rheingold in Berlin in April.


On Operabase, no performances by him are scheduled in the future. Looks like he has retired.

Edit - definitely "retired" - he died on July 22, 1989 at the tender age of 54, while dancing at his daughter's wedding.


Yes. My "isn't active anymore" was intentionally understated.

This would be a phenomenal performance which would definitely warrant me purchasing the DVD and a DVD player if it was published.

Guys, please keep me up to date on this.

Soave_Fanciulla
December 28th, 2013, 11:25 PM
Hoffmann, you're not thinking of Matti Salminen, are you? He still sings Fasolt and Faffner.

Amfortas
December 28th, 2013, 11:48 PM
Hoffmann, you're not thinking of Matti Salminen, are you? He still sings Fasolt and Faffner.


By Jove, I think she's got it!

Clayton
December 28th, 2013, 11:51 PM
By Jove, I think she's got it!

Yes but slightly disappointed.

Soave_Fanciulla
December 29th, 2013, 12:10 AM
Yes but slightly disappointed.

Here you are Clayton. Some nice operatic zombie nuns to make up for the disappointment.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwehe3L6D1g

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 29th, 2013, 02:00 AM
Yes, I kind of thought that it would be slightly difficult for a man who has been dead for the last 24 years to be singing a Wagnerian role - you know, the dry throat thing and all. But I didn't want to aggravate my friend Hoffmann, so I didn't go any further than speculating that the singer might be retired. Maybe Operabase is just prejudiced against dead people, so that's why they didn't list his performances, not to forget that in opera, all is possible. I've seen people stabbed who keep singing and singing and singing. Weird. I thought that a punctured lung disrupted the breathing part, but apparently not. :biggrin:

CountessAlmaviva
December 29th, 2013, 03:34 PM
The ladies:

Anna Caterina Antonacci
Joyce DiDonato
Anna Netrebko
Elina Garanca
Danielle de Niese
Renée Fleming
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Susan Graham
Diana Damrau
Lisette Oropesa

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann
Plácido Domingo
Jay Hunter Morris
Luca Pisaroni
Bryn Terfel
Matthew Polenzani
Piotr Beczala
Erwin Schrott
Lawrence Brownlee
Peter Mattei

I would have voted for Natalie Dessay but my husband says she has retired from the operatic stage. What a pity; she is still very young. I loved her in Giulio Cesare at the Met.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 29th, 2013, 03:42 PM
Updated Totals:

The ladies:

Joyce DiDonato 7
Anna Netrebko 6
Waltraud Meier 5
Renée Fleming 5
Anna Caterina Antonacci 5
Elina Garanca 4
Nina Stemme 3
Diana Damrau 3
Patricia Petibon 3
Barbara Hannigan 3
Angela Gheorghiu 3
Susan Graham 3
Romina Basso 2
Miah Persson 2
Kristine Opolais 2
Anja Harteros 2
Edita Gruberova 2
Eva-Maria Westbroek 2
Daniella Barcellona
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg
Adrianne Pieczonka
Simone Kermes
Cecilia Bartoli
Ewa Podles
Vivica Genaux
Camila Nylund
Agnes Baltsa
Patricia Ciofi
Genia Kühmeier
Danielle de Niese
Lisette Oropesa

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 8
Simon Keenlyside 5
Plácido Domingo 5
Juan Diego Flórez 4
Piotr Beczala 4
Lawrence Brownlee 4
Philippe Jaroussky 3
Dmitri Hvorostovsky 3
Klaus Florian Vogt 3
Bryn Terfel 3
Peter Mattei 3
René Pape 2
Gerald Finley 2
Ferruccio Furlanetto 2
Thomas Hampson 2
Marius Kwiecien 2
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo 2
Jay Hunter Morris 2
Luca Pisaroni 2
Erwin Schrott 2
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Max Emanuel Cencic
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci
Iestyn Davies
Rolando Villazon
Dietrich Henschel
Stephen Milling
Anthony Michaels-Moor
Matthew Polenzani

mario
December 30th, 2013, 07:51 AM
ladies

maria agresta
jessica pratt
cecilia bartoli
joyce di donato
daniela barcellona
mariella devia
nina stemme
elina garanca
anna caterina antonacci
ewa podles

mister

michael spyres
francesco meli
jonas kaufmann
ildebrando d'arcangelo
michele pertusi
carlos alvarez
rene papè
gregory Kunde (faboulous Otello in Rossini and Verdi!!)
juan diego florez
celso albelo

Hoffmann
December 31st, 2013, 03:30 AM
Hoffmann, you're not thinking of Matti Salminen, are you? He still sings Fasolt and Faffner.

Yes, you are exactly right, thanks!

I did actually reply to this a couple of days ago, but my iPad apparently went for the 2nd glass of eggnog when I wasn't looking, and forgot to transmit. or something.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 31st, 2013, 03:44 AM
Updated Totals:

The ladies:

Joyce DiDonato 8
Anna Netrebko 6
Anna Caterina Antonacci 6
Waltraud Meier 5
Renée Fleming 5
Elina Garanca 5
Nina Stemme 3
Diana Damrau 3
Patricia Petibon 3
Barbara Hannigan 3
Angela Gheorghiu 3
Susan Graham 3
Romina Basso 2
Miah Persson 2
Kristine Opolais 2
Anja Harteros 2
Edita Gruberova 2
Eva-Maria Westbroek 2
Daniella Barcellona 2
Cecilia Bartoli 2
Ewa Podles 2
Mireille Delunsch
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Emoke Barath
Ann Hallenberg
Adrianne Pieczonka
Simone Kermes
Vivica Genaux
Camila Nylund
Agnes Baltsa
Patricia Ciofi
Genia Kühmeier
Danielle de Niese
Lisette Oropesa
Maria Agresta
Jessica Pratt
Mariella Devia

The gentlemen:

Jonas Kaufmann 9
Simon Keenlyside 5
Plácido Domingo 5
Juan Diego Flórez 5
Piotr Beczala 4
Lawrence Brownlee 4
Philippe Jaroussky 3
Dmitri Hvorostovsky 3
Klaus Florian Vogt 3
Bryn Terfel 3
Peter Mattei 3
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo 3
René Pape 3
Gerald Finley 2
Ferruccio Furlanetto 2
Thomas Hampson 2
Marius Kwiecien 2
Jay Hunter Morris 2
Luca Pisaroni 2
Erwin Schrott 2
Andreas Scholl
Ian Bostridge
Pavol Breslik
Topi Lehtipuu
Neil Schicoff
Jose Bros
Roberto Alagna
Max Emanuel Cencic
Mark Padmore
Leo Nucci
Iestyn Davies
Rolando Villazon
Dietrich Henschel
Stephen Milling
Anthony Michaels-Moor
Matthew Polenzani
Carlos Alvarez
Celso Albelo
Francesco Meli
Gregory Kunde
Michael Spyres
Michele Pertusi
Matti Salminen

The two leading singers are very well recognized. Joyce has only failed to earn one vote out of all 9 voters so far, and Jonas earned them all.

Florestan
July 31st, 2017, 03:37 AM
Interesting thread. I do not see Eva Mei in the totals, or is she no longer active?

MAuer
July 31st, 2017, 12:52 PM
She's definitely still active -- the Opera Base site shows her singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus early next year at La Scala, and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito in Valencia a few months later.

Florestan
July 31st, 2017, 06:06 PM
She's definitely still active -- the Opera Base site shows her singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus early next year at La Scala, and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito in Valencia a few months later.

Well then she is on my list! So is Fleming, Kasarova, Didonato, Prina, among others.

Soave_Fanciulla
August 1st, 2017, 07:28 AM
I'd have to add Christian Gerhaher and Franco Fagioli these days

Hoffmann
August 1st, 2017, 03:41 PM
I would add Jamie Barton and Catherine Foster to the ladies' list and Andreas Schager and Ain Anger to the gentlemens'.

MAuer
August 2nd, 2017, 11:19 AM
I would now include Eric Owens among my favorites.

tenchi67622
September 2nd, 2017, 07:50 PM
My list

Joyce Didonato
Anna Netrebko
Nina Stemme
Sandra Radvanovsky
Elina Garanca
Sonia Prina
Jessica Pratt
Diana Damrau
Krassamira Stoyanova
Vivica Genaux
Patricia Petibon


Jonas Kaufmann
Juan Diego Florez
Joseph Calleja
Michael Spyres
Javier Camarena
Philippe Jaroussky
Bryn Terfel
Piotr Beczala
Franco Fagioli
Marius Kwiecien
Max Emanuel Cencic

Tolis
December 1st, 2017, 02:05 PM
First of all this is an amazing thread!

I’m a new opera fan and right now I spend most of my time listening to voices of the past,like Pavarotti,Franco Corelli,Caruso and many more. But I love some of the new opera singers. I can’t put ten males and ten females of the new era.But I really want to express my preferences.

I love Juan Diego Florez. My favourite male singer of the new era. He is simply amazing! Placido Domingo is a stunning artist too! I love his voice and his musicianship! (He is not a modern one but he is still active)

From the females Elina Garanca is simply perfect! When I bought her CD “ELINA” the best of her carreer I just loved it from the beggining. It was one of my first opera CDs.

I really like Mirto Papathanasiou too. She is a Greek female soprano. She is really good!

Those are my favourite. Maybe later I will find ten of both males and females.But my favourite are them!

Juan Diego Florez

Elina Garanca
Mirto Papathanasiou

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 1st, 2017, 06:25 PM
From the females Elina Garanca is simply perfect! When I bought her CD “ELINA” the best of her carreer I just loved it from the beggining. It was one of my first opera CDs.

Yep, the right adjective to refer to Elina is "simply perfect." And oh my, how intelligent... how beautiful... a complete goddess.

I hope you have noticed our interviews section. Jim and I interviewed Elina in person and we've been in love with her ever since, LOL.

Go to the Home page, see the widget on the top left corner, click on interviews, scroll down to Elina's name and you'll read it. Pretty interesting!

By the way, I interviewed Juan Diego too.

I didn't know Myrtò Papatanasiu. I'll look her up, thanks for the hint. We do have an interview with the principal conductor and artistic director of the Greek National Opera.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 1st, 2017, 06:36 PM
Yep, Myrtò is not bad at all, here as Rusalka:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj1HDFwVayE

Hoffmann
December 2nd, 2017, 03:29 PM
First of all this is an amazing thread!

I’m a new opera fan and right now I spend most of my time listening to voices of the past,like Pavarotti,Franco Corelli,Caruso and many more. But I love some of the new opera singers. I can’t put ten males and ten females of the new era.But I really want to express my preferences.

I love Juan Diego Florez. My favourite male singer of the new era. He is simply amazing! Placido Domingo is a stunning artist too! I love his voice and his musicianship! (He is not a modern one but he is still active)

From the females Elina Garanca is simply perfect! When I bought her CD “ELINA” the best of her carreer I just loved it from the beggining. It was one of my first opera CDs.

I really like Mirto Papathanasiou too. She is a Greek female soprano. She is really good!

Those are my favourite. Maybe later I will find ten of both males and females.But my favourite are them!

Juan Diego Florez

Elina Garanca
Mirto Papathanasiou


He's not a singer, but I believe the very interesting (if also a bit controversial) conductor Teodor Currentzis also is Greek.

Tolis
December 4th, 2017, 08:20 PM
I will read all the interviews! Thank you a lot Mr Luiz!

Elina Garanca is an amazing artist! When I listen to her albums I can feel she is not just sing in them but she puts her soul! Her voice is powerful and the same time soft and beautiful. I can’t find words to describe how much I admire her as an artist! I feel the same about Juan Diego Florez!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 4th, 2017, 09:35 PM
I will read all the interviews! Thank you a lot Mr Luiz!

Elina Garanca is an amazing artist! When I listen to her albums I can feel she is not just sing in them but she puts her soul! Her voice is powerful and the same time soft and beautiful. I can’t find words to describe how much I admire her as an artist! I feel the same about Juan Diego Florez!

A convenient way to read our interviews is to buy our interview books, on brochure or kindle. You can find them by simply searching by my name on Amazon.com