Colm Wilkinson originated the role of Jean Valjean, the main character in the very popular musical Les Miserables. He has also starred as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and performed in The Phantom of the Opera.
Mario Lanza (31 January 1921 – 7 October 1959) was an American operatic tenor and Hollywood movie star who enjoyed success in the 1950s. His voice was considered by many to rival that of Enrico Caruso, whom Lanza portrayed in the 1951 film The Great Caruso. Lanza was able to sing all types of music. While his highly emotional style was not universally praised by critics, he was immensely popular and his many recordings are still prized today. Operatic career:
Bostridge studied at Westminster School and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, where he read history and philosophy. He received his doctorate from Oxford, on the significance of witchcraft in English public life from 1650 to 1750, in 1990, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a career as a singer, having won the 1991 National Federation of Music Societies Award and support from the Young Concert Artists' Trust.
1.) John Steel was an American vocalist who found his biggest success in the 1920s. Described by musicologist Allan Sutton as a “working man’s John McCormack,” Steel was signed to the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1919, the same year he starred in “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.” An Actors Equity strike that year brought Steel into the headlines when, although siding with strikers, he was legally forced to perform.
Paul Potts (born 1970 in Bristol, England), from Port Talbot in South Wales, is a singer who became the winner of the first series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent, singing operatic arias and impressing the judges in all of his performances. At the time of his victory on Britain's Got Talent, he had been working in The Carphone Warehouse, but following his win he has been signed by the show's judge Simon Cowell to record an album. Potts has previously worked in unpaid opera productions from 1999 to 2003, however, illness in 2003 brought an end to his amateur opera career
Jonas Kaufmann (born 1969) is a lirico spinto tenor born in Munich, Germany. Kaufmann completed his musical studies in his native Munich and also participated in master classes with James King, Hans Hotter, and Josef Metternich. He began his professional career at Staatstheater Saarbrücken in 1994 and was soon invited to make debuts in important German theaters, such as the Stuttgart Opera and Hamburg State Opera, as well as international debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra National de Paris, and La Scala.
José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941), better known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, known for his versatile and strong voice, possessing a ringing and dramatic tone throughout its range. In March 2008, he debuted in his 128th opera role, giving Domingo more roles than any other tenor. In addition to his singing roles, he has also taken on conducting opera and concert performances, as well as serving as the General Director of the Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles Opera in California.
Rogers Covey-Crump (born 1944 in St Albans, Hertfordshire) is an English tenor, especially acclaimed for his Purcell recordings made for the Hyperion label and for his interpretation of the role of Evangelist in JSBach's Passion settings, well known for his membership in the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble. Rogers's comprehensive discography can be found at http://www.contrapunctus.yoyo.pl/rcc/.