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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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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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Anna Netrebko Krasnodar, Russia

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Kirsten Flagstad Hamar, Norway

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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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Renee Fleming Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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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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Angela Gheorghiu Adjud, Romania

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Elina Garanca Riga, Latvia

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

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Teresa Berganza Madrid, Spain

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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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Anne Sofie von Otter Stockholm, Sweden

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Kathleen Battle Portsmouth, Ohio, United States of America

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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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Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Virginia Zeani Transylvania, Romania

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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Moffo Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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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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Hariclea Darclée is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hariclea Darclée Brăila, Sud-Est, Romania

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Nellie Melba Richmond, Australia

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Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Agnes Baltsa Lefkada, Greece

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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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Anna Tomowa-Sintow Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

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Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Zinka Milanov Zagreb, Croatia

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Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lotte Lehmann Perleberg, Germany

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Éva Marton Budapest, Hungary

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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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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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Astrid Varnay Stockholm, Sweden

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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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Elisabeth Schumann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schumann Merseburg, Germany

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Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Janet Baker Hatfield, England