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Opera Singers Are Having a Moment — Thanks to Katherine Jenkins, Chris Mann, and Jonathan Antoine

Move over Pavarotti and Maria Callas — it's time for a new crop of young, cool and in some cases seriously hot opera singers to take over the genre.

Classical music doesn’t normally dominate mainstream pop culture, but now it’s hip for TV singers to introduce themselves with opera.

Last year around this time, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, 31, was showing off her pipes — and Barbie doll physique — as a guest artist during Dancing With the Stars Season 12's Classical Week. Fast forward a year and Katherine, now a contestant, is the frontrunner to win the current DWTS Season 14. Last week, the show just celebrated its second Classical Week and America’s Got Talent’s Jackie Evancho, 12, showed off her own impressive voice with two songs, “Ave Maria” and “Dark Waltz.”

Over on The Voice, Chris Mann, 29, is still going strong, showing how a sexy opera singer can easily cross over into pop territory. Head here to read 3 reasons why Chris could go ahead and win this season, putting opera stars even further up the pop culture chain.

And over on Britain’s Got Talent, Jonathan Antoine just earned himself the title of Susan Boyle 2.0. The bullied 17-year-old wowed the crowd — including a shocked Simon Cowell — with his amazing voice, singing a duet of “The Prayer” with singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli. Simon declared Jonathan a future star. Watch his performance here.

Congrats to the next generation of divas and, um, divos!

05.4.2012 / 06:42 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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