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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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Joan Sutherland Sydney, Australia

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Montserrat Caballe Spain, Barcelona

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Renata Tebaldi Pesaro, Italy

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Leontyne Price Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

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Kiri Te Kanawa Gisborne, New Zealand

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Birgit Nilsson Sweden, Västra Karup

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Cecilia Bartoli Rome, Italy

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Jessye Norman Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

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Marilyn Horne USA, Bradford, Pennsylvania

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Beverly Sills New York City, USA, New York

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Anna Netrebko Krasnodar, Russia

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Renee Fleming Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Kirsten Flagstad Hamar, Norway

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Jarocin, Poland

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Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

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Diana Damrau Günzburg, Germany

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Lucia Popp Záhorská Ves, Austria

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Mirella Freni Italy, Modena

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Elina Garanca Riga, Latvia

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Angela Gheorghiu Adjud, Romania

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Renata Scotto Savona, Italy

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Rosa Ponselle Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

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Frederica von Stade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Frederica von Stade Somerville, USA, New Jersey

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Natalie Dessay France, Lyon

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Teresa Berganza Madrid, Spain

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Edita Gruberová Slovakia, Bratislava

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Kathleen Battle Portsmouth, Ohio, USA

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Joyce DiDonato Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

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Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lily Pons Draguignan, France

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Anne Sofie von Otter Stockholm, Sweden

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Nellie Melba Richmond, Australia

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Hariclea Darclée is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hariclea Darclée Brăila, Sud-Est, Romania

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

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Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Roberta Peters New York City, USA, New York

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Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Agnes Baltsa Lefkada, Greece

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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Moffo Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Lisette Oropesa USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Risë Stevens New York City, New York, USA

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Éva Marton Budapest, Hungary

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Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Virginia Zeani Transylvania, Romania

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Anna Tomowa-Sintow Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

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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, south-west ...

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Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Zinka Milanov Zagreb, Croatia

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Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Shirley Verrett USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Margaret Price Blackwood, United Kingdom

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Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Janet Baker Hatfield, England

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Waltrud Meier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Waltrud Meier

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Astrid Varnay Stockholm, Sweden

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Vesselina Kasarova Stara Zagora, Bulgaria