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Thread: Your top 10 tenors EXCLUDING the most hyped ones

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    Strange list. I think if you asked people for top tenors all time, most lists would include Caruso, Gigli, Lauri-Volpi, Bergonzi and Del Monaco, seems odd to be including lesser singers on your blacklist and leaving these off.

    Here's some singers that I think are underhyped, that is, underpublicized or underappreciated relative to their abilities. I won't include like Vickers or Vinay or Gedda or Wunderlich or Kaufmann, who I think have the reputation they deserve, even though they are also not on your blacklist.

    Max Lorenz
    Wolfgang Windgassen
    Sandor Konya
    Jess Thomas
    James King
    Siegfried Jerusalem
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    ^ Ah yes, Siegfried Jerusalem is very good!
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    1) Jonas Kaufmann (can't believe he wasn't on the "overhyped" list. But I'm ok with that!!)
    2) Carlo Bergonzi
    3) Lawrence Brownlee
    3) Fritz Wunderlich
    4) Nicholai Gedda
    5) Juan Diego Florez
    6) Siegfried Jerusalem

    Not been listening long enough to select any more at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    1) Jonas Kaufmann (can't believe he wasn't on the "overhyped" list. But I'm ok with that!!)
    2) Carlo Bergonzi
    3) Lawrence Brownlee
    3) Fritz Wunderlich
    4) Nicholai Gedda
    5) Juan Diego Florez
    6) Siegfried Jerusalem

    Not been listening long enough to select any more at this point.
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    Not a tenor person, but I have some personal favorite:

    Henri Legay
    Sandor Konya
    Tito Schipa
    Francesco Merli
    Jons Vickers
    Leonid Sobinov
    Giacomo Lauri-Volpi
    Sergei Lemeshev
    Francisco Viñas
    Ian Bostridge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    1) Jonas Kaufmann (can't believe he wasn't on the "overhyped" list. But I'm ok with that!!)
    he's not in the overhyped list because he's more controversial. not everyone treats him like a sacred cow they way they do Pavarotti for example.

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    Ramon Vargas
    John McCormack
    Raul Gimenez
    Jerry Hadley
    Neil Schicoff
    Jonas Kaufmann
    Bruce Ford
    Lawrence Brownlee
    Juan Diego Florez
    Vittorio Grigolo (a wonderful, subtle singer -- I heard him at the Met)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    Ramon Vargas
    John McCormack
    Raul Gimenez
    Jerry Hadley
    Neil Schicoff
    Jonas Kaufmann
    Bruce Ford
    Lawrence Brownlee
    Juan Diego Florez
    Vittorio Grigolo (a wonderful, subtle singer -- I heard him at the Met)
    I've seen Vittorio twice now (same role, same production, different theatres—not my doing...) and I enjoyed him both times. However, I then tried listening to one of his aria-compilation albums, and I thought his voice sounded far worse than I remember...
    Perhaps something doesn't come across in the recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma7730 View Post
    I've seen Vittorio twice now (same role, same production, different theatres—not my doing...) and I enjoyed him both times. However, I then tried listening to one of his aria-compilation albums, and I thought his voice sounded far worse than I remember...
    Perhaps something doesn't come across in the recording?
    I have the same feeling with other recital discs to, not only Grigolo, others I can spin four times a week, just something about the programme I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma7730 View Post
    I've seen Vittorio twice now (same role, same production, different theatres—not my doing...) and I enjoyed him both times. However, I then tried listening to one of his aria-compilation albums, and I thought his voice sounded far worse than I remember...
    Perhaps something doesn't come across in the recording?
    I haven't heard any of Grigolo's recordings so I can't really answer; until the Met's L'ELISIR D'AMORE last March he was just a name to me. But I will just mention that any singer's voice naturally sounds more "dimensional" (for lack of a better word) when heard in person as opposed to on a CD. I don't know if this is what you're getting at or not -- that he sounds more shallow or less impressive on recordings? Personally, I found his voice at the Met to be very rich and nuanced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    I haven't heard any of Grigolo's recordings so I can't really answer; until the Met's L'ELISIR D'AMORE last March he was just a name to me. But I will just mention that any singer's voice naturally sounds more "dimensional" (for lack of a better word) when heard in person as opposed to on a CD. I don't know if this is what you're getting at or not -- that he sounds more shallow or less impressive on recordings? Personally, I found his voice at the Met to be very rich and nuanced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Did you missed Gounod : Romeo and Juliette?
    I guess I did! I didn't know there was a recording with Grigolo.

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    I don't think the R & J is out yet but the production and his chemistry with Damrau was nothing short of sensational. Just you wait. You're in for a Grigolo treat. Give him a little more time.
    I remember the brickbats thrown at Netrebko and Radvanovsky for a few years and now they are the hottest thing since French toast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    I guess I did! I didn't know there was a recording with Grigolo.
    I mean the Met production like Nina says, I love to see the DVD
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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post

    as with the soprano thread, the reasons for this thread are as follows:
    1) while listening to the greats rarely gets old, talking about them can quite frequently
    2) I'm looking to expand my tastes a bit

    the "blacklist" of singers not allowed on your list include
    1) Luciano Pavarotti
    2) Placido Domingo
    3) Jose Carreras
    4) Jussi Bjorling
    5) Lauritz Melchior
    6) Franco Corelli
    Carlo Bergonzi
    Enrico Caruso
    Fernando de Lucia
    Beniamino Gigli
    Alfredo Kraus
    Sergei Lemeshev
    Max Lorentz
    Helge Rosvaenge
    Tito Schipa
    Franz Völker

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