I like several genres of music, but my favorite one is musical theater. Whoever wants to sing and act in one of those big WestEnd or Broadway shows, has to know how to sing! That's why it is no wonder you can find great voices in this world.
There are many good ones. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are likely the most popular now. Their shows are always sold-out. And then there are John Owen-Jones, Hadley Fraser, Ruben van Keer (to name a Belgian guy who is succesful in England too), ... And among the women Sierra Boggess, Nicolette Sheridan, Ruthie Henshall, ...
I've seen all of the above mentioned perform, in shows in Great-Britain, the US and Belgium itself, but I do have one favorite: Ramin Karimloo. That guy, who was born in Iran but moved to Canada with his parents when he was very young, is truly someone worth listening to. The best thing is, he doesn't have a specific training in classical song. He went to see Phantom of the Opera in Toronto when he was a kid, and was very much impressed by the music. Backstage, he waited to meet Colm Wilkinson, who sang the part of Phantom then, and told him he'd liked to sing like him.
Well, now you should hear him! He landed the leading role in Phantom later on, as well as in Love Never Dies, Les Miserables, Anastasia... I often get goosebumps when he sings one of those famous aria's.
Tomorrow we'e heading back to London (yes, we did only get back last weekend) to be present at his performance Back from Broadway. He sometims does this, along with a band of frsiends. They bring new songs, but of course he also sing some classics from the musicals.