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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 New York City, Manhattan USA

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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 Västra Karup, Sweden

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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, New York United States of America

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Renee Fleming Indiana, Pennsylvania United States of America

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Anna Netrebko Krasnodar, Russia

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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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Mirella Freni Italy, Modena

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Diana Damrau Günzburg, Germany

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Lucia Popp Záhorská Ves, Austria

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Elina Garanca Riga, Latvia

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Renata Scotto Savona, Italy

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Rosa Ponselle Meriden, Connecticut United States of America

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Angela Gheorghiu Adjud, Romania

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Teresa Berganza Madrid, Spain

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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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Natalie Dessay France, Lyon

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Edita Gruberová Bratislava, Slovakia

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Joyce DiDonato Prairie Village, Kansas United States of America

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Kathleen Battle Portsmouth, Ohio United States of America

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Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Agnes Baltsa Lefkada, Greece

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Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lily Pons Draguignan, France

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Hariclea Darclée is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hariclea Darclée Brăila, Sud-Est Romania

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Anne Sofie von Otter Stockholm, Sweden

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Nellie Melba Richmond, Australia

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Grace Bumbry St. Louis, Missouri United States of America

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Lisette Oropesa USA, New Orleans Louisiana

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Risë Stevens New York City, USA New York

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Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Roberta Peters New York City, USA New York

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Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Virginia Zeani Transylvania, Romania

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Éva Marton Budapest, Hungary

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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) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Zinka Milanov Zagreb, Croatia

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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Moffo Wayne, Pennsylvania United States of America

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Astrid Varnay Stockholm, Sweden

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Maria Cebotari is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Cebotari Chișinău, Moldova

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Kerstin Thorborg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lotte Lehmann Perleberg, Germany

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Licia Albanese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Licia Albanese Bari, Italy

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Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Margaret Price Blackwood, United Kingdom