Anna Netrebko GHoF
Cecilia Bartoli GHoF
Joyce DiDonato GHoF
Juan Diego Florez
Željko Lučić, baritone
René Pape, bass
Ildar Abdrazakov, bass
Ludovic Tézier, baritone
Stefan Kocán, bass
General Comments.It's been a couple of years since Limelight named their top 12 singers, and I feel it's time for a new list. There have been a few changes. I modified the original concept to allow for a group to grow into 4 singers (2 baritones, 3 basses), but that's it. To qualify for this list the artist must be performing now and be rated according to their current performing standard.
Some singers used to be on this list and are no longer. Dmitri Hvorostovsky has long been a personal favorite but is ill. Renée Fleming is moving her career away from opera. The same thing should be said for Natalie Dessay, someone I learned to love during the life of this blog. She is focusing on song repertoire and theater. I love Angela Gheorghiu but seem to have lost all contact with what she is singing these days.
We can't rank Placido Domingo among the tenors any more, and he doesn't really rank that high as a baritone. For me Bryn Terfel isn't singing up to his former standard, though I caught part of his Dutchman and found it rather good.
People who should also be considered are:
I should do one for American singers. Argue amongst yourselves. Edited 9/18, 9/19 Apologies for continuing to change this.