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List Rules Vote up the top famous opera singers in history, of any voice type.

Opera isn’t a genre with which the average person is very familiar. In modern entertainment, opera and theatrical drama has drawn smaller audiences than it once did years ago. However, opera can be a beautiful experience, there’s nothing quite the raw power of the skilled human voice filling an entire room, communicating drama and romance. It takes an incredibly well-trained voice to sing opera, but the musicians on this list have mastered the craft.

Who are the best opera singers of all time? The opera singers on this list are history’s all time best performers. They come from a variety of backgrounds and time periods, but the effect they had on the world of music and opera is incredible. An opera singer is a finely-tuned, highly skilled musician who has a unique, powerful voice, and can deliver a breathtaking live performance.
 
This list features the best opera singers in the world's history, ranked by the community. Some of the great opera singers on this list include Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Maria Callas, Plácido Domingo, and Mario Lanza. Vote up the best opera singers in history below, or add a talented opera singer who isn't already on the list.
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Luciano Pavarotti Died at 72 (1935-2007)

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305 178
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Enrico Caruso Died at 48 (1873-1921)

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400 75
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

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239 93
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

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274 157
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

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252 100
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

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332 200
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

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274 159
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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349 347
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Callas Died at 54 (1923-1977)

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237 147
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

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151 108
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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100 48
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

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233 182
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

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114 54
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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288 268
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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119 76
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

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129 87
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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86 51
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

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154 128
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 71

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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 81

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Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

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125 75
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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100 70
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

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110 63
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 71

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Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

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Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 80

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95 58
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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129 87
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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132 75
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

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55 23
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 42

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83 38
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 51

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83 50
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Schipa Died at 77 (1888-1965)

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Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Ezio Pinza Died at 65 (1892-1957)

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39 25
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

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131 99
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 45

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29 15
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 44

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29 18
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Hans Hotter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ifapple added Hans Hotter Died at 94 (1909-2003)

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Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Poukah added Giovanni Martinelli Died at 84 (1885-1969)

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14 11
Léopold Simoneau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gary-ljungquist added Léopold Simoneau Died at 98 (1908-2006)

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Ingvar Wixell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Ingvar Wixell Died at 80 (1931-2011)

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Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

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17 2
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Gobbi Died at 71 (1913-1984)

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Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nellie Melba