Saturday, December 14, 2019

Best Singers Today

This list from 2010 included:


Sopranos:
  • Renée Fleming -- currently retired from opera but still singing.
  • Natalie Dessay -- also retired from opera
  • Anna Netrebko -- still at the top
  • Angela Gheorghiu
Mezzo-sopranos -- all still active:
  • Elina Garanča
  • Cecilia Bartoli -- still going strong.
  • Joyce DiDonato
Tenors:
  • Juan Diego Florez -- has changed Fach
  • Jonas Kaufmann -- still at the top?
  • Placido Domingo -- no longer a tenor, semi-retired
Baritones and basses:
  • Simon Keenlyside
  • René Pape -- still at the top
  • Bryn Terfel
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky -- has died

This new list reflects my biases:


Sopranos:
  • Anna Netrebko -- still at the top
  • Anja Harteros -- She's a star.
  • Lisette Oropesa -- best candidate to replace Dessay
  • Sondra Radvanovsky -- has achieved greatness.
Mezzo-sopranos -- all still active:
  • Elina Garanča
  • Cecilia Bartoli -- still going strong
  • Joyce DiDonato -- she seems to shine brightest in Europe
  • Anita Rachvelishvili -- any modern mezzo list must include Anita 
  • Jamie Barton
Tenors:
  • Javier Camarena -- best current coloratura tenor.
  • Jonas Kaufmann -- still at the top?
  • Roberto Alagna -- he's singing very well these days.
  • Piotr Beczala
Baritones and basses:
  • René Pape -- still at the top
  • Bryn Terfel
  • Ludovic Tézier -- he's been cancelling.  
  • No one really replaces Dima.

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