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Famous Female Opera Singers

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List of famous female opera singers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female opera singers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being opera singers. There are thousand of females working as opera singers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic opera singers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a opera singer then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list below has everything from Sophie Arnould to Peggy O'Shaughnessey.

While this isn't a list of all female opera singers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female opera singers?" and "Who are the best female opera singers?"


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    Joan Sutherland
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    Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1926-2010)
    • Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, + more
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Dramatic colouratura
    • Credits: Caballé Beyond the Music, Maria Stuarda, Lucia Di Lammermoor: Donizetti: Australian Opera, Die Fledermaus: Strauss: Royal Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites, + more
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    Cecilia Bartoli
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    Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical music. She is known for having the versatility to sing ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Rossini: Il Turco in Italia, Cecilia Bartoli: A Portrait, Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne: Arias & Duets, Old Rococo: The Life of Gioacchino Rossini, Cecilia Sings Haydn, + more
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    Yvonne Kenny AM is an Australian soprano, particularly associated with Handel and Mozart roles. Born in Sydney, she first studied at the University of Sydney in science, hoping to become a biochemist, but decided to pursue a career in music instead. She studied first with Myra Lambert at the Sydney ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: The Magic Flute: Opera Australia, Handel: Giulio Cesare, Idomeneo, The Fairy Queen: Purcell: English National Opera, Stravinsky: Pulcinella, + more
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    Isabel Rey is a Spanish operatic soprano who has performed leading roles in the opera houses of Europe and appears on many recordings.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Juan Diego Florez: Don Pasquale, Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera
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    Jeanne Gordon
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    Ruby "Jeanne" Gordon was a Canadian opera singer active during the early 1900s. Gordon was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada in 1884 and died in Macon, Missouri on 22 February 1952. Ruby got her big break in July 1919. She was called to New York and offered a three year Metropolitan Opera contract by ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1884-1952)
    • Birthplace: Wallaceburg, Canada
    • Profession: Opera Singer
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    Sophie Arnould
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    Sophie Arnould was a French operatic soprano. Born Magdeleine Sophie Arnould, she studied in Paris with Marie Fel and La Clairon, and made her stage debut at the Opéra de Paris on 15 December 1757 and sang there for 20 years. She created for Christoph Wilibald Gluck the roles of Eurydice in Orphée et ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1740-1802)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Art Model
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    Marie Favart
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    Marie-Justine-Benoîte Favart was an opera singer, actress, and dancer, the wife of the dramatist, Charles Simon Favart. To her is largely due the beginnings of the change in this theatre to performances of a lyric type adapted from Italian models, which developed later into the genuine French comic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1727-1772)
    • Birthplace: Avignon, France
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor, Dancer
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    Sara Macliver is an Australian soprano singer, born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, appearing in operas, concert and recital performances and on numerous recordings. She is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque ...more

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    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
    • Profession: Opera Singer
    • Credits: Handel Messiah: A Sacred Oratorio
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    Edita Gruberová
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    Edita Gruberová, is a Slovak coloratura soprano. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic power, endurance, and ability to sing high notes with great power and sustained vocal consistency, which made her an ideal Queen of the Night in her early years. In recent years, she has enjoyed ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Rigoletto, Gaetano Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix, Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (Bavarian State Opera), Mozart: Don Giovanni: Teatro Alla Scala, Jules Massenet: Manon, + more
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    Christel Goltz was a German operatic soprano. One of the leading dramatic sopranos of her generation, she possessed a rich voice with a brilliant range and intensity. She was particularly associated with the operas of Richard Strauss, especially Salome and Elektra, and with contemporary operas. Born in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1912-2008)
    • Birthplace: Dortmund, Germany
    • Profession: Opera Singer
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    Elisabeth Radó was a Yugoslavian singer and singing teacher from Bosnia and Herzegovina.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1899-1986)
    • Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Voice teacher
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    Stassa Wahlgren

    Stassa Wahlgren was the mother of Ivar Wahlgren.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1858-1929)
    • Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Profession: Opera Singer
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    Kathleen Howard
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    Kathleen Howard was a Canadian-born opera singer, magazine editor and US film character actress from the mid-1930s through the 1940s. She spent her childhood in Buffalo, New York and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery there.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1884-1956)
    • Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Magazine editor, Actor
    • Credits: Laura, It's a Gift, Death Takes a Holiday, Cynthia, Miss Polly, + more
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    Brenda Boozer
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    Brenda Boozer is an American mezzo-soprano who has had an active international career performing in operas and concerts since the mid 1970s. She was notably a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for eleven seasons.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Falstaff, Falstaff (Royal Opera)
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    Karla Burns
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    Karla Burns is an American operatic mezzo-soprano and actress who has performed nationally and internationally in opera houses, theatres, and on television. She is notably the first black person, African-American or otherwise, to win the Laurence Olivier Award, Britain's most prestigious award for ...more

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    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
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    Hedwiga Reicher was a German actress, sister to actor Frank Reicher, and daughter to actor Emanuel Reicher.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1884-1971)
    • Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Confessions of a Nazi Spy
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    Isabella De Villiers
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    Isabella de Villiers is a South African opera singer, actress and television presenter.more

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    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor, TV Personality
    • Credits: Disgrace
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    Julia Hamari, originally Hamari Júlia is a Hungarian mezzo-soprano and alto singer in opera and concert, appearing internationally. She is an academic voice teacher in Stuttgart.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: La pietra del paragone
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    Huang Yu-chun, known by her final stage name Ivy Ling Po, is a retired Hong Kong actress and Chinese opera singer. She is best-known for a number of mega-hit Huangmei opera films in the 1960s, especially The Love Eterne which made her an Asian superstar overnight. She played an important role in the ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Shantou, China
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: The Love Eterne, The Mermaid, The 14 Amazons, Inside the Forbidden City, The Empress Dowager, + more
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    Marguerite Namara
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    Marguerite Namara was a classically trained American lyric soprano whose varied career included serious opera, Broadway musicals, film and theater roles, and vocal recitals, and who counted among her lifelong circle of friends and acquaintances many of the leading artistic figures of the first half of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1888-1974)
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Peter Ibbetson, Stolen Moments
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