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While opera isn't the most popular for of modern entertainment, it is still a significant cultural staple in many countries, and can be an incredibly moving experience. An opera singer is skilled in the art of singing, acting, and most importantly, projecting their voice in a powerful way to a live audience, filling the entire theatre with music. Female opera singers can hit the high notes with ease.

Who are the best female opera singers of all time? The talented women featured on this list have made a significant impact in the world of opera, and are incredibly talented. Female opera singers are usually sopranos or altos. If you’re interested in opera and want to see these female singers in action, but can't afford to attend, there are many operas available on DVD as well.
 
The greatest female opera singers on this list include Maria Callas, Renee Fleming, and Anna Gottlieb. Vote up the best of the best below or add the top female opera singers you think are the best if they aren't already on the list.
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Maria Callas Manhattan, New York City, New York

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Montserrat Caballe Spain, Barcelona

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Joan Sutherland Sydney, Australia

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Renata Tebaldi Pesaro, Italy

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Leontyne Price Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

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Birgit Nilsson Sweden, Västra Karup

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Kiri Te Kanawa Gisborne, New Zealand

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Cecilia Bartoli Rome, Italy

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Jessye Norman Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

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Kirsten Flagstad Hamar, Norway

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Anna Netrebko Krasnodar, Russia

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Beverly Sills New York City, New York, USA

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Marilyn Horne USA, Bradford, Pennsylvania

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Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

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Renee Fleming Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Jarocin, Poland

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Diana Damrau Günzburg, Germany

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Mirella Freni Italy, Modena

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Lucia Popp Záhorská Ves, Austria

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Angela Gheorghiu Adjud, Romania

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Elina Garanca Riga, Latvia

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Teresa Berganza Madrid, Spain

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Rosa Ponselle Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

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Renata Scotto Savona, Italy

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Frederica von Stade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Frederica von Stade Somerville, USA, New Jersey

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Joyce DiDonato Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

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Natalie Dessay France, Lyon

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Edita Gruberová Slovakia, Bratislava

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Kathleen Battle Portsmouth, Ohio, United States of America

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Anne Sofie von Otter Stockholm, Sweden

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Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Roberta Peters New York City, USA, New York

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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Moffo Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lily Pons Draguignan, France

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Grace Bumbry St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Hariclea Darclée is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hariclea Darclée Brăila, Sud-Est, Romania

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Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Virginia Zeani Transylvania, Romania

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Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Agnes Baltsa Lefkada, Greece

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Anna Tomowa-Sintow Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

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Nellie Melba Richmond, Australia

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Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lotte Lehmann Perleberg, Germany

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Risë Stevens New York City, New York, USA

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Lisette Oropesa USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Zinka Milanov Zagreb, Croatia

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Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Margaret Price Blackwood, United Kingdom

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Éva Marton Budapest, Hungary

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Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Fiorenza Cossotto Crescentino, Italy

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Elisabeth Schumann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schumann Merseburg, Germany

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Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Shirley Verrett USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Solomiya Krushelnytska Buchach Raion, Ukraine - Solomiya Krushelnytska (23 September 1872 – 16 November 1952) was one of the brightest soprano opera stars of the first half of the 20th century. Krushelnytska was born in the village of Biliavyntsi, now Buchach Raion, ...

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Astrid Varnay Stockholm, Sweden