There is no room for patriarchy in modern opera. While the prima donnas are still commanding the scene, the term "primo uomo" seems to have lost all its former vitality. But there was a time when the world of opera revolved around primo uomo Farinelli, Senesino, Nicolini. The dreadfully artificial phenomenon of castrato finally passed away in an appalling manner. The 19th century was a prime for tenors, the highest-pitched natural male voices, later significantly diversifying the repertoire in parts for baritones and basses.
Unlike prima donnas, whose main parts are written for sopranos, in contrast, male vocals today are highly diverse in modern opera. The Russian Society of Friends of the Salzburg Festival has selected several contemporary productions for StayHome.Moscow featuring top male opera singers of the world: Jonas Kaufmann, Javier Camarena, Philippe Jaroussky, Piotr Beczała, Ildar Abdrazakov, and others.