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- Greatest Male Opera Singers
- The Best Opera Singers Of All Time
A truly prolific talent who's earned the coveted EGOT — an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — Barbra Streisand's distinctive voice has been a fixture of American music since the. This list features comparison of the best opera singers in the world's history, ranked by the community. Some of the great opera singers on this list include. After making a list of the best operas, I found myself curious about the best opera singers, so I collected over 25 lists and compiled them into one meta-list of singers from the recorded era. The list below includes every singer on three or more of the original source lists, arranged by rank, with the most-listed singer on top. And it’s all subjective, isn’t it? Nevertheless, Limelight is asking readers to vote for their favourite singer, living or dead. Once you’ve voted, we will combine the popular poll with the views of a panel of singers and critics from Australia and overseas to help us come up with a list of the greatest opera singers of all time. This aria from Bellini’s opera Norma was the signature tune of the most famous, most adored opera star of all time - Maria Callas (or ‘La Divina’ to her millions of fans). It’s probably the best example of a ‘bel canto’ aria – a particular type of singing which demonstrates the amazing range of a soprano, and her ability to dazzle.
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It’s a factthat quite a fewcollectors of vocalrecordings –especially tenor freaks- also collect records of synagogue singers.Especially those belonging to the 78rpm era. Yet the world of the Ashkenaziccantoriate (chazzanuth/chazzunes) isnot that easy accessible to the non-Jewish vocal buff for all obvious reasonsbe them religious, language-relatedorstyle and moreover not all cantorial singing as performed in the synagogue issuitable for recording. Yet there are several similarities between thecantorial world and the world of operatic tenor singing. Number one is sadlyenough the same trend in vocal decline.Whereas
Pinchas BraunZeidelRovner with boy cantor
Since themid-seventies -and especially in the US-the female voice entered the cantoriate as well. The 78 rpm era had suchoddities as Sophie Kurtzer or Shayndele but they recorded only and never officiatedin the synagogue as it was and still is unacceptable to orthodox Jewry. The newgender found its way to the liberal and conservative synagogues only.Several of them even recorded with varyingresults and they are often singers who couldn’t make it into the world of operaor the concertstage.
There have been several cantors who startedout as successful operaand concertsingers or vice versa. Joseph Schmidt, Richard Tucker and Jan Peerce are probablythe most well-known. But there were others. After ending his operatic career Hermann Jadlowker became an Oberkantor in his hometown of Riga. As a youngster he had been trained (together with baritone Joseph Schwarz) in Riga by Boruch Leib Rosowsky. Famous Italian tenor Vasco Campagnano of Cetra fame even made a cantorial record (one of those great rarities) in Milan under the guidance of the legendary La Scala chorus director Vittorio Veneziani, both by the way survivors.
Who then are the cantors an operatic vocalbuff may turn to if he wished to broaden his horizon of beautiful andimpressive singing? Before heading off for a sort of top ten list let’s firstmake it clear that this selectionisprimarilybased on vocal quality (andthus a portion of ‘de gustibus’ was not to be avoided) and not on standards of‘religious impact or fervour’
TOP TEN OF CANTORS
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A bel canto master with highly developedcoloratura, beautiful fil di voce and improvisational gifts. It was said he wasable to sing the liturgy with the clarity of a spoken sentence.
Ofcourse there were many others, all of them magical singers.
LeibGLANTZ born in Kiev belongs to the great tradition of pre-war cantors and soare Moses MIRSKY and Ben-Zion KAPOV-KAGAN.Evelyn Lear’s grandfather Zevulin KWARTIN is another monument incantorial singing. Salomo PINKASOVITCH who graduated from the Odessaconservatory even recorded ‘Vesti la Giubba’ but the operatic world wasdeprived from his vocal talent, a solo CD was issued by Pearl and would make anice addition to your record library.Rumanian born (are we surprised?) Shalom KATZ was a strong contender forthe top ten if only for his recording of ‘El moleh Rachamim” one of thegreatest cantorial recordings of all times. The recording was used to greateffect in De Sica’s magnum opus ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Contini’s”.
Areaninteresting way to get acquainted with some of these legendary voices. Awarning though as not all compilations are of the highest quality. Severalduplicates abound. The Pearl and the Symposium labels are quite reliable inquality and offer a good overall selection of the greatest recordings in thecantorial field. Often their booklets written by some real experts as
Best Opera Singers Of All Time Female
BOOKS ON CANTORS
Have always been hard to find especially todayand a definitive work on these great masters still has to be written. There wasof course the above mentioned biography on Rosenblatt written by his sonSamuel. Cantor Samuel Vigoda sadly never lived long enough to complete andpublish his second volume on ‘Legendary cantors’ (NY 1981). Still available Isuppose is the book on Moshe Koussevitsky by cantor-authorityAkiva Zimmerman (Tel Aviv 1999) mainly inHebrew but with a sufficient English section and
loads of rare and interesting photographs.
Books with cantorial music and transcriptionsfrom the great masters were/are available either from regular bookshops,second-hand bookshops or ebay.MarkSlobin a professor of music wrote an interesting book on the story of theAmerican cantorate. (Illinois 1989).
CANTORS ON DVD
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At long last the most famous cantors of the Golden Agecan now also be seen on DVD. This collection, comprised of the videodocumentaries GREAT CANTORS OF THE GOLDENAGE and GREAT CANTORS IN FILM along with 7 newly digitally restored cantorials, includes some of the onlyknown visual and sound recordings of the most famous cantors from the 1930s tothe 1950s. It is produced by cantor Murray Simon and these releases stand as atribute to those cantors’ legendary artistry and all who cherish liturgicalmusic. The DVD’s are released by the National center for Jewish film. Please gotowww.jewishfilm.orgfor moredetails and info.
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For morebiographical material and soundbites go to www.cantorsworld.com