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    Of course, such lists irremediably leave out many wonderful singers.

    One of them is Francesco Merli, a great dramatic tenor active from 1914 to 1948. A coveted performer of Verdi and verismo, first and foremost, though no stranger to Bel Canto operas.

    This duet with Claudia Muzio from Verdi's Otello never fails to impress me:



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    I make no claim that these are"top tenors", as I tend to listen only to singers active since the 1980s when I began attending performances. So these are my current favourites:

    Jonas Kaufmann
    Siegfried Jerusalem
    Jaume Aragall
    Placido Domingo
    José Carreras
    Ian Bostridge
    Mark Padmore
    Topi Lehtipuu
    Lawrence Brownlee
    Joseph Calleja
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    I found it impossible to make any sort of ordered list, so I'm just going to throw out some names of tenors I particularly like:
    Raul Gimenez, Bruce Ford, Ramon Vargas, Pavarotti, Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Lawrence Brownlee, Juan Diego Florez, Rolando Villazon, Carlo Bergonzi, Jerry Hadley, Richard Tucker, Neil Schicoff, Andrew Kennedy, Ian Bostridge

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    Glad to see Brownlee is moving up in the charts. But really folks, what has Kaufmann done good? I saw his Lohengrin and I was impressed with how easy for him the high tessitura was - but I didn't think his voice particularly noticeable. Sure, he's easy to look at - but if you're not watching but just listening, what of his do you enjoy the most, or particularly? (Assuming you've tried that!) I saw him a few years ago at Carnegie Hall, in a staged Adriana Lecouvreur, and his voice was sensitive but not particularly memorable. On the other hand, there are singers it's taken me a while to figure out too, just as some operas have taken a while. (Sorry, I know the post is a bit muddled!)
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    I can only speak for myself, of course, but I find Jonas Kaufmann's voice rich, colorful, and exciting. It does have something of a "trapped in the throat" quality, and some people say that his voice is, actually, trapped in his throat -- that there's something wrong with his vocal production. But the more I listen to him, the more I'm convinced that's not the case and that the "throaty" sound is simply a part of his voice-character.

    He's an uncommonly good actor, it's true (I saw him in the live HD broadcast of the Met's FAUST and in a DVD of TOSCA from Covent Garden). But believe me, I wouldn't feel much attraction for him if he did not also have an exceptional voice, which he does.
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    He is simply the best Florestan I have ever heard. And I loved his recent outing as Siegmund in the Mariinsky Walküre. And all his recital disks (Sehnsucht is amazing)

    On DVD/YT I cherish his roles Werther, Lohengrin, Tosca, Adriana Lecouvreur, Königskinder, Carmen, Faust, la Clemenza di Tito, Don Carlo, La Traviata... Really I've never seen a dud from him.

    As for his looks, well when I first saw him I was not all that taken. It's his voice that got me, and now I think he's gorgeous. And he acts.
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    well, I asked ...
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    Good tenors are not that common today, partly due to the fact that this type of voice is really fragile. That is why Kaufmann is really of the best now. And he is a brilliant actor indeed when it comes to manly masculine roles (i.e. Cavaradossi, not Don Carlos)
    As for best-ever-tenors I have no new names on my list: Franco Corelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo.

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    Mine (in chronological of birth) are:


    Enrico Caruso
    Tito Schipa
    Jussi Bjoerling
    Giuseppe di Stefano
    Nicolai Gedda
    Jon Vickers
    Alfredo Kraus
    Fritz Wunderlich
    Placido Domingo
    Jose Carreras
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    Not so much of top 5 of all time but my top 5 favs:
    (in no particular order)
    Luciano Pavarotti
    Roberto Alagna
    Placido Domingo
    Enrico Carruso
    Giuseppe Di Stefano

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    10 is easy:

    Bergonzi
    Pavarotti
    Schipa
    Bjorling
    Di Stefani
    Del Monaco
    Corelli
    Aragall
    Heppner
    Domingo

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    thank you very much!!!!

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