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  • phoenix: Haven’t heard Mattila since she did Ariadne last year – around that time I also heard... 11:52 AM
  • PCally: I love her Elisabeth but her French is close to incomprehensible. I don’t mind that so much... 11:52 AM
  • armerjacquino: She’s sung in French before, most famously in the Bondy DON CARLOS. And the Marschallin... 11:46 AM
  • PCally: I can’t picture the Marschallin at all. Marie obviously and Erwartung. Can’t picture... 11:39 AM
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  • phoenix: according to operabase.com, Heave-ho is scheduled to sing Elisabetta AGAIN – surely you... 11:32 AM
  • armerjacquino: That would be BRILLIANT. 11:28 AM
  • Krunoslav: How about Clairon, premiered by a Straussian soprano (Hildegard Ranczak) but in mezzo turf? Needs... 11:26 AM
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Steam heat?

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo, easy on the eyes despite the fright wig, is one of the “Hottest Opera Stars Of 2013″ according to Huffington Post. But does he meet the criteria of the highest authority on hotness of them all, namely the parterre consensus?

So you tell me, cher public, which of the ardent artistes on this list do you agree belong in the top echelon of calidity, and which other singers you would promote to populate the Torrid Ten?

87 comments

  • oedipe says:

    How come NOBODY has mentioned Elina yet?

  • Ilka Saro says:

    A nod to Willard White. When he did Golaud (about a decade ago??) I thought he was very very sexy. This was with Dawn Upshaw as Melisande, so delicate and confused, and Dwayne Croft as Pelleas, all amorous. It was fascinating. Pelleas was sexy in how he wooed Melisande, with sensuality and poetry. But Willard White was sexy through his physical presence, his authority, and the sense he gave of us his hidden wounds. For Upshaw’s Melisande, there was nothing to do but submit to Golaud, and to coyly find herself in Pelleas’ path as often as possible.

    And although it probably contributed to his momentary vocal decline, Dwayne Croft singing in the tenor range was very very sexy.

    How about voices that are just plain sexy:
    Pablo Elvira, Jose Van Dam, Jose Carreras

  • La Valkyrietta says:

    To be Ogden Nashy
    Of former hotties
    No one hotter
    Than Hans Hotter.

  • arepo says:

    Plain sexy voices?
    Gheorghiu/Stratas/Olivero
    Shicoff/Kaufmann/Corelli
    Bastianini
    Siepi/Ramey

    In a class by himself: Mario Lanza (the best of the best)

  • Tenorfach says:

    Vittorio Grigolo (or “The Greasy Gigolo” -- as he is known as in one European opera group! LOL) …… yieeekeeesss!

    …. give me South African baritone William Berger any time of the day!!

  • almavivante says:

    May we have a little reality spasm here? These are opera singers we’re discussing--they’re not movie stars. Some nice-looking gents, but not a Clark Gable among them. (My goodness--all this heavy breathing over Jonas, who photographs awfully well but who in person looks, well, nice enough.) That is to say, the value of their stock as Sexiest Man on the Lyric Stage is simply not that high. Maybe, just maybe, for my own craven personal tastes, I would whisper the name James Valenti (and I whisper it because looks aside he’s not such a hot singer), and yes, I have been known to be, shall we say, distracted by Simon Keenlyside’s chest and Zachary Stains in the altogether, but that’s a far as it goes. However, if George Clooney were an opera singer? Well, as Jerry Lee Lewis would have said, “Now ya got somethin’ there.”