Opera Singersby quietgiant2 | created - 29 Oct 2013 | updated - 27 Jun 2018 | Public
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1. Maria Callas
Soundtrack | Ghost in the Shell
This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and ...
Soundtrack | Match Point
Enrico Caruso (b. Errico Caruso) was born on February 25, 1873, in Naples, Italy. He was the third of seven children to a poor alcoholic father. He received little primary education and briefly studied music with conductor Vicenzo Lombardini. His early income was from singing serenades.
Caruso made ...
Actress | Tristan und Isolde
Birgit Nilsson was born on May 17, 1918 in Västra Karup, Skåne län, Sweden as Martha Birgit Nilsson. She was an actress, known for Tristan und Isolde (1974), The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977) and Tristan und Isolde (1967). She was married to Bertil Niklasson. She died on December 25, 2005 in ...
Soundtrack | The Untouchables
Mario Del Monaco was born on July 27, 1915 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor, known for The Untouchables (1987), Wall Street (1987) and Action Jackson (1988). He was married to Rina Filippini. He died on October 16, 1982 in Mestre, Venice, Veneto, Italy.
Actor | The Book of Life
Although born in Madrid, Spain, Placido Domingo spent a major portion of his life living in Mexico City where he graduated from the Mexico City Conservatory. His first operatic performance was in a staging of La Traviata in Monterrey playing Alfredo. He was then a Tenor for the Israel National ...
Soundtrack | Yes, Giorgio
Luciano Pavarotti was a best-selling classical singer and humanitarian known for his most original and popular performances with the 'Three Tenors' and 'Pavarotti & Friends'.
He was born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in Northern Italy. He was the first child and only son of two ...
11. José Carreras
Soundtrack | Bats
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll was born on December 5, 1946, in Barcelona, Spain. His father was the owner of a small chemical plant. Young Carreras showed early interest in music after seeing Mario Lanza in the film The Great Caruso (1951) at the age of 6. He gave his first public performance on the ...
12. Anna Netrebko
Actress | The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Anna Netrebko was born on September 19, 1971 in Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Anna Yurevna Netrebko. She is an actress, known for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), La Bohème (2008) and La traviata (2005). She has been married to Yusif Eyvazov since December 29,...
14. José van Dam
José van Dam was born on August 25, 1940 in Brussels, Belgium as Joseph van Damme. He is an actor, known for Babel opéra, ou la répétition de Don Juan de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1985), Don Giovanni (1979) and Otello (1974).
15. Kurt Moll
Actor | Live from the Metropolitan Opera
Kurt Moll was born on April 11, 1938 in Buir, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977), Die Zauberflöte (1983) and Die Zauberflöte (1991). He was married to Ursula. He died on March 5, 2017 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia.
18. Kiri Te Kanawa
Soundtrack | A Room with a View
Kiri Te Kanawa studied voice in New Zealand, where she was a popular singer as a teenager. She enrolled in the London Opera Center in 1966, and had her Covent Garden debut 1 December 1971. Although her acting ability is highly regarded on the operatic stage, she has made few theatrical films.
Soundtrack | Children of Men
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was born on May 28, 1925 in Berlin, Germany as Albert Dietrich Fischer. He was an actor, known for Children of Men (2006), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Le nozze di Figaro (1976). He was married to Julia Varady, Christina Pugel-Schule, Ruth Leuwerik and Irmgard Poppen....
22. Éva Marton
Soundtrack | Weekend at Bernie's
She is one of the most famous dramatic sopranos in the world, and has performed at many of the world's great opera houses. She is renowned for her starring performances in the operas Turandot, Tosca, and Elektra. She has also performed the lead roles in many Wagner operas, including Tannhauser, ...
23. Joan Sutherland
Soundtrack | Spectre
Joan Sutherland was born on November 7, 1926 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Joan Alston Sutherland. She was an actress, known for Spectre (2015), Carlito's Way (1993) and The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977). She was married to Richard Bonynge. She died on October 10, 2010 in Montreux, ...
27. Nicolai Ghiaurov
Soundtrack | You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Nicolai Ghiaurov was born on September 13, 1929 in Velingrad, Bulgaria. He was an actor, known for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Great Performances (1971) and Eugene Onegin (1988). He was married to Mirella Freni and Zlatina Ghiaurov. He died on June 2, 2004 in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, ...
28. Boris Christoff
Actor | Producers' Showcase
Boris Christoff was born on May 18, 1914 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He was an actor, known for Producers' Showcase (1954), La forza del destino (1958) and Music for You (1951). He was married to Franca de Rensis. He died on June 23, 1993 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
29. Beverly Sills
Actress | Live From Lincoln Center
This vibrant, fine-humored coloratura was able to accomplish what most others of her ilk could or would not do -- she humanized opera and made it approachable to the masses. There were no diva-like traits in this star and the public absolutely adored her for it. Dubbed "America's Queen of Opera" in...
30. Régine Crespin
Actress | Live from the Metropolitan Opera
Régine Crespin was born on February 23, 1927 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. She was an actress, known for The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977), La grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (1980) and The Bell Telephone Hour (1959). She was married to Lou Bruder. She died on July 4, 2007 in ...
31. Tatiana Troyanos
Actress | Live from the Metropolitan Opera
Tatiana Troyanos was born on September 12, 1938 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977), Great Performances (1971) and The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (1976). She died on August 21, 1993 in New York City.
Actor | Die Fledermaus
Wolfgang Windgassen was born on June 26, 1914 in Annemasse, Haute Savoie, Switzerland as Wolfgang Fritz Hermann Windgassen. He was an actor, known for Die Fledermaus (1972), Otello (1965) and Tristan und Isolde (1967). He was married to Lore Wissmann. He died on September 8, 1974 in Stuttgart, ...
35. Jon Vickers
Soundtrack | Captain America: The First Avenger
Outspoken and somewhat controversial, but highly acclaimed, Canadian tenor with a huge voice and a repertoire ranging from German, to English, to Italian and to French opera and song. He is the most highly acclaimed "Peter Grimes" of the last forty years. He is known not only for his beautiful and ...
37. Lauritz Melchior
Soundtrack | The Lost City of Z
Lauritz Melchior was born on March 20, 1890 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior. He was an actor, known for The Lost City of Z (2016), Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and Thrill of a Romance (1945). He was married to Mary Markham, Maria Hacker and Inger Nathanson. He died on ...
42. Renée Fleming
Soundtrack | The Shape of Water
Renée Fleming was born on February 14, 1959 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for The Shape of Water (2017), Now You See Me 2 (2016) and Closer (2004). She has been married to Tim Jessell since September 3, 2011. She was previously married to Richard Lee Ross.
Actress | La seconda notte di nozze
Katia Ricciarelli was born on January 18, 1946 in Rovigo, Veneto, Italy as Catiuscia Mariastella Ricciarelli. She is an actress, known for La seconda notte di nozze (2005), Otello (1986) and Carmen (1980). She was previously married to Pippo Baudo.
47. Gundula Janowitz
Soundtrack | The Shawshank Redemption
The esteemed German soprano, Gundula Janowitz, studied with Herbert Thoumlney at the Graz Conservatory.
In 1959 Gundula Janowitz made her formal operatic debut as Barbarina at the Vienna State Opera, and later became one of its leading members. She later sang at the Bayreuth Festivals between 1960-...
48. Cesare Siepi
Actor | Mozart's Don Giovanni
Cesare Siepi was born on February 14, 1923 in Milan, Italy. He was an actor, known for Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955), NBC Television Opera Theatre (1949) and Civilisation (1969). He was married to Louellen Sibley. He died on July 5, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
49. Renata Tebaldi
Soundtrack | Moonstruck
Renata Tebaldi was and is surely one of the best Spinto soprano voices that any century has ever heard. She made her operatic debut, through bombed streets in 1944 in Mefistofele, as Elena. Then was hand picked for the reopening of La Scala, 46 by Toscanini. It was there that the legendary "Voice ...
50. Beniamino Gigli
Soundtrack | Funny Games
Beniamino Gigli was born in Recanati, Italy, on March 20, 1890, into a poor family. He possessed a fine singing voice and, after struggling to make a living for many years, he eventually made his operatic debut as a tenor on October 15, 1914, appearing in "La Giaconda" in Rovigo, Italy. Over the ...
51. Fritz Wunderlich
Soundtrack | Marathon Man
Fritz Wunderlich was born on September 26, 1930 in Kusel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany as Friedrich Karl Otto Wunderlich. He was an actor, known for Marathon Man (1976), Der Barbier von Sevilla (1959) and Eugen Onegin (1963). He was married to Eva Jungnitsch. He died on September 11, 1966 in ...
52. Sena Jurinac
Actress | On Such a Night
Sena Jurinac was born on October 24, 1921 in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia as Srebenka Sena Jurinac. She was an actress, known for On Such a Night (1956), Hänsel und Gretel (1981) and Der Rosenkavalier (1961). She was married to Josef Lederle and Sesto Bruscantini. She died on ...
Actress | Mozart's Don Giovanni
Elisabeth Grümmer was born on March 31, 1911 in Niederjeutz, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany as Elisabeth Schilz. She was an actress, known for Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955), Don Giovanni (1961) and Civilisation (1969). She was married to Detlef Grümmer. She died on November 6, 1986 in Warendorf, North ...
55. Martha Mödl
Actress | Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Martha Mödl was born on March 22, 1912 in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Merry Wives of Windsor (1950), Omnibus (1952) and Arabella (1977). She died on December 17, 2001 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Soundtrack | Combien tu m'aimes?
Piero Cappuccilli was born on November 9, 1926 in Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was an actor, known for How Much Do You Love Me? (2005), Macbeth (1976) and Ginger and Cinnamon (2003). He was married to Graziella Capuccilli. He died on July 12, 2005 in Trieste.
57. Nicolai Gedda
Soundtrack | Deep Impact
Nicolai Harry Gustav Gedda (Nikolaj Ustinov) was born on July 11, 1925, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was adopted by his Russian-Swedish aunt, named Olga Gedda, and her Russian husband, named Mikhail Ustinov; who came to Sweden after the Russian Civil War and sang with an émigré Don Cossac choir and ...
58. Kirsten Flagstad
Soundtrack | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Born in Stranstuen, Hamar, Norway, Norwegian soprano Kisten Flagstad's father was a conductor, and her mother was a singing coach and pianist as well as her first teacher. Flagstad continued her studies in Oslo with Ellen Schyte-Jacobsen and in Stockholm with Dr. Gillis Bratt. While still a student...
59. Lotte Lehmann
Soundtrack | The Day of the Locust
Lotte Lehmann was born on February 27, 1888 in Perleberg, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Day of the Locust (1975), Big City (1948) and Wäsche - Waschen - Wohlergehen (1932). She was married to Otto Krause-Jakobowitz. She died on August 26, 1976 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
60. Leontyne Price
Soundtrack | Romeo + Juliet
Leontyne Price was born on February 10, 1927 in Laurel, Mississippi, USA as Mary Leontyne Price. She is an actress, known for Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977) and NBC Television Opera Theatre (1949). She was previously married to William Warfield.
61. Walter Berry
Soundtrack | Natural Born Killers
Walter Berry was born on April 8, 1929 in Vienna, Austria. He was an actor, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955) and Don Juan (1955). He was married to Elisabeth Flechl and Christa Ludwig. He died on October 27, 2000 in Vienna.
62. Angela Gheorghiu
Actress | Adriana Lecouvreur
Angela Gheorghiu was born on September 7, 1965 in Adjud, Romania. She is an actress, known for Adriana Lecouvreur (2011), 2046 (2004) and Tosca (2001). She has been married to Roberto Alagna since May 1996. She was previously married to Andrei Gheorghiu.
64. Leonie Rysanek
Soundtrack | La fille coupée en deux
Leonie Rysanek was born on November 14, 1926 in Vienna, Austria. She was an actress, known for A Girl Cut in Two (2007), Salome (1990) and Elektra (1981). She was married to Ernst-Ludwig Gausmann and Rudolf Grossmann. She died on March 7, 1998 in Vienna.
65. Astrid Varnay
Actress | Elektra
Astrid Varnay was born on April 25, 1918 in Stockholm, Sweden as Astrid Ibolyka Marie Varnay. She was an actress, known for Elektra (1981), Salome (1975) and The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977). She was married to Hermann Weigert. She died on September 4, 2006 in Munich, Germany.
67. Anna Moffo
Actress | Lucia di Lammermoor
The dark and smoldering American soprano Anna Moffo was born in Wayne Pennsylvania, on June 27, 1932, and, following graduation at Radnor High School, studied at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music and in Rome, Italy on a Fulbright scholarship at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia. At one time...
75. Magdalena Kozená
Actress | Orphée et Eurydice
Magdalena Kozená was born on May 26, 1973 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She is an actress, known for Orphée et Eurydice (2000), Mozart 22 (2006) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Flûte enchantée/The Magic Flute (2013).
Actress | Svenske ryttaren
Elisabeth Söderström was born on May 7, 1927 in Stockholm, Sweden as Elisabeth Anna Söderström. She was an actress, known for Swedish Horsemen (1949), Beethoven's Fidelio (1980) and Poppeas kröning (1978). She was married to Sverker Olow. She died on November 20, 2009 in Stockholm.
79. Lucia Popp
Soundtrack | Bicentennial Man
Lucia Popp was born on November 12, 1939 in Uhorska Ves, Slovakia as Lucia Poppová. She was an actress, known for Bicentennial Man (1999), Philadelphia (1993) and Fidelio (1968). She was married to Peter Seiffert and Gyorgy Fischer. She died on November 15, 1993 in Munich, Bavaria.
85. Agnes Baltsa
Agnes Baltsa was born on November 19, 1944 in Lefkas, Greece as Agni Baltsa. She is an actress, known for Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) (1981), The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977) and Der Rosenkavalier (1984).
Actor | The Metropolitan Opera HD Live
Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born on October 16, 1962 in Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR as Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Khvorostovskiy. He was an actor, known for The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006), La traviata (2004) and Il trovatore (2002). He was married to Florence Illi and Svetlana Khvorostovskaya. ...
Actor | Don Quixote
Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, ...