Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ed Lyon

English tenor Ed Lyon is an out gay man who, at the drop of a hat, poses without his shirt on, much to his fans’ delight. The 34-year-old singer, one of Britain’s leading young tenors, is extremely easy on the eyes, and his body shows evidence of all the time he spends in the gym while following a strict, healthy diet. Lucky us.

He is also outspoken about where he thinks opera needs to go. He recently told Time Out magazine, "Telly and cinema have made a big impact on the way we view other forms. The idea that opera is just fat people getting up to sing is a complete fallacy. The days of ‘park and bark’ are over – we don't just waddle up and sing from where we're standing, we also have to act convincingly."

Lyon did not at first pursue a career in opera. “I did a lot of acting at school, and I found out that I could sing. I was in choirs. I was an alto until I was 18, then I started singing tenor. Opera was an obvious solution to wanting to be an actor but also having a singing voice.”

He has always been completely open about his homosexuality. “Let's be honest,” he said. “Opera isn't known as the most homophobic of industries.”

Lyon got his first big break when baroque specialist William Christie cast him in Handel's opera “Hercules”, and he has had an extraordinary career so far. Among the many highlights, he cites “Pygmalion” with The Trisha Brown Dance Company, Freddy in “My Fair Lady” and singing at La Scala in Milan.

His piercing blue eyes and stubbly beard push all the right buttons. Click the “photos” link on his official web site, and you’ll see that he’s partial to bare skin.
Go on. You know you want to:

Now have a look at our tenor in action. Here he sings an early opera (Monteverdi) clad in only a sleeveless tunic. Note that the audio and video are slightly out of sync. For you impatient types, Mr. Lyon starts singing at the 2:05 timing mark.

His Twitter page identifies himself as:
“Tenor, undercover Yorkshireman, architecture and gym bore. Proud to be in #teamgay - bf of the wonderful Harry McIver.”

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