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Any basses of the last 30 years?
Well there is a dearth from 1990 to 2020. Off the top of my head I can only think of Ramey, Talvela, Furlanetto, Mastroni (new) and Schrott. Some of the best are really bass-baritones.
Well I feel proud of my search as I had ended up including most all of them and just added Furlanetto. Mastroni doesn't have much yet but he sounds great. He has no interesting competitors in the arias he does. I am now in a good position on basses. When last I reported I had 60 bass videos but just this week I have added 40 new ones. I finally found good resources for recommended Wagnerian basses and some are amazing. I lead with a big Wagner selection presently. I had a friend hear Tavela live and he said he was amazing. I have found a really hot really wonderful Russian bass who never knew of Putin who may be new to some of you. He is a very powerful actor. He was not only a very famous Boris, a real basso role, but sang baritone roles well also. While singing tons of roles, he was one of the most prestigious voice teachers in Russia, so he knew his craft. Just you wait.
 

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Past decade I heard Furlanetto live several times in Don Quichote, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra and Nabucco and liked him despite of being on the brink of retirement. All five Attilas were sung by Abdrazakov (does anyone else sing it now?) I also heard him as Felipe II, after Furlanetto he's the only option I'm agree with. There is Stanislav Trofimov, seen and heard with constant pleasure in The life for the Tzar, Verdi's Requiem, I Vespri, La Forza, Tzar's bride (unfortunately not in Don Carlo). Schrott and Pape stuck in memory as Procida and Gurnemanz respectively. Dmitri Belosselsky was good in small part in Giovanna D'Arco and, according to broadcast, as Boris. Pavel Kudinov has a vast repertoire, but I heard him as Polifemo in the Porpora's opera of the same name. Also in barocco I heard Alastair Miles in Alcina. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Luca Pisaroni were nice in Don Giovanni. Mikhail Petrenko mentioned above (to my surprise) is very uneven, in my opinion, sometimes he sings some Wagner parts and, unexpectedly, Khovansky well. But he can't sing Gremin at all. Eugeny Nikitin is a bass-bariton, good in Russian and German repertoire, but strange sounding in italian. Vladimir Matorin was famous Boris, I heard him in The Love to the three oranges.
It was all about live performances. In relatively modern broadcasts and recordings I can remember Gunter Groissbock, Vito Priante, Matti SalminenSalminen and, of course, Samuel Ramey.
 

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I am pretty happy with Michele Pertusi, who appears regularly in Norma.

I feel like appologising about it, because some people are not so satisfied with him, and I do not understand these nuances. I am simply happy he is really a bass, not a baritone.

EDIT: Heck, I am not appologising anymore, I like him and that's it !
 
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