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© 1996-2016 by Historical Tenors/François Nouvion; © 2017 by Historical Tenors/Robert Schlesinger
is the most comprehensive site on tenors
on the World Wide Web

provides biographies, discographies,
photos, sound files, reviews and more
on about 2400 tenors (and counting!)
is a non profit website, and intended
for educational and scholarly purposes
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This website is an impossible project. It aims at documenting every operatic tenor since the invention of the recording process, ideally with at least one sound file, at least one picture, a discography and a (however short) biography or career outline. Well... did I already mention that it's totally impossible to ever come close to such an encyclopedic aim? And yet, what this website has grown to over the years actually is a tenor encyclopedia - and a surprisingly exhaustive one, thanks to the contributions of many, many collectors and experts over many, many years. (Keep the stuff coming, folks!)
The heirloom organization of the site is by sections that are partly geographic (like "East European tenors"), partly linguistic ("German speaking tenors"), partly by voice type ("Comprimarii"). This may be less that logical (for instance, so many German speakers once came from Eastern Europe: Russia, Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic..., and there were also comprimarii among them), but as I said, it's well-established and will thus remain for now, though probably not forever.

Be warned that the makers of this site have never been among those opera lovers who are always and inevitably amazed, particularly at contemporary singing, and who are convinced that if a singer has become famous, that's proof enough that s/he must be one of the great. On the contrary! Stardom is a matter of good luck (regularly also of good looks), and of marketing - and increasingly so! It has nothing to do with ability or quality, and many of the best singers have always been, and increasingly are, all but unknown; while an equal percentage of famous singers have always been, and increasingly are, just awful!! François Nouvion, this site's founder, used to write on the start page: "If you believe that Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti were among the greatest tenors of all time, well this site is not for you." That's still very true, and it's also true of the predecessors and of course of the heirs of the "Three Tenors".
Or wait... perhaps this site is precisely for you who think that such singers are great. The stuff on this site might open your eyes (or rather, your ears). If, on the other hand, you already know that of the "Three Tenors" generation, the three truly great tenors were, say, Bonisolli, Moldoveanu and Terranova, you'll find plenty of music and information here that's going to make you happy. Plus all of you, I swear, will literally find hundreds of tenors whose names you've never heard so far.

Additions and corrections are most welcome and will be acknowledged.

Robert Schlesinger


For the time being, mostly "old" content will be uploaded (again) - but in a technically (not aesthetically!) improved manner. Eventually, all links, particularly those to sound files, will work again (which too many of them haven't done for a very long time). Links to sections that have not yet been perfectly restored and reinstalled will remain inactive until everything in that section is working again.



This web page would not be as detailed as it is without the help of following individuals, in alphabetical order: Andres Acuña Guzman, Giorgio Appolonia, Fabian Arciniegas, Stathis Arfanis, Juan José Arias, Algirdas Bagdonavicius, Vilijandas Bagdonavicius, Arkadi Bandukow, Guido Bathe, Jack Belsom, Eva Bertolis, Richard Boijen, Gilles Bresciani, Luc Bourrousse, David Brandwein, Victor Brescia, Harold Byrnes, Georges Cardol, Tonino Carlino, Samuel Cassons, Chris F. Catena, Paolo Cavassini, Pierre Ceccaldi, Mark Chetwood, Serge Chèze, Egle Chisiu, Leonardo Ciampa, Martin Cooke, Balázs Csák, Alfred de Cock, Richard del Taglia, Alex Dihes, Terence Doleschal, Marek Dolina, Juan Dzazopulos, Vladimir Efimenko, Mel Eisenberg, Serge Escalaïs, Roberto Falcone, Miguel J. Fennick, Angelo Filistad, Alain François, Jacques Franken, Eduardo Gabarra, Daniele Godor, Sergei Golik, Frank Hamilton, James Hanrahan, Philip Hatzissimou, Eduardo Marcelino Herrera, Edmund Hodges, Edvard Hogestol, Clemens Jabloner, Egon Kaibel, Tom Kaufman, Gian Koral, Helmut Krautschneider, George Leotsakos, Richard Lindau, Robert Little, Alkis Magdalinos, Geoffrey Mallinson, Roberto Marcocci, Gabriella Mariacher, Pippo Martelli, Carlos Martin, Francois Martini, J. Medina, Lysiana Medine, Julian Philip Myerscough, Andrey Naydenov, Malcolm Nightingale, Imogen Norcroft, Alessandro Pagliazzi, Michal Pekárek, Nicholas Peppas, John Freere Perry, Martin Ramor, Ken Reis, Claude Ribou, Montserrat G. Román, Victor Roman, Julian Rozental, Helge K. Sæbø, Akira Sakai, Lynn Samohel, Albert Scerri, Peter Schatborn, Alessandro Sciocchetti, René Seghers, Danilo Serrano, Keith Shilcock, Joseph Shore, Thomas Silverbörg, Benjamin Sloman, Raymond & Claudine Smeets, Brian Smith, Otto Striebel, Peter Strummer, George Everett Swails, Wesley Swails, K. Tanaka, Hélia T'Hézan, André Thomassin, Renato Toffoli, Giuseppe Tomaselli, Dragos Tomescu, Christian Tögl, Christian Torrent, Sergey Tylibtsev, Adriano Vargiu, Rafael Vázquez, Ildikó Végh, Richard J. Venezia, Georges Voisin, Stephen P. Wall, Helmut Weber, Tomi Wiegner, Quade Winter, André Wium and Vladislav Zakrevsky.

© 1997-2016 by Historical Tenors/François Nouvion
© 2017 by Historical Tenors/Robert Schlesinger