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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. Here are also famous male opera singers and popular operatic pop artists and bands. 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 Joan Sutherland to Renée Fleming.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1926-2010)

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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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#448 on The Best Singers of All Time

#5 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice. She has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer, Consultant

Credits: Richard Strauss: Arabella, In Search of Mozart

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#241 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#4 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#12 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

#20 on The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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 ...more

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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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#20 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#252 on The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

#8 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Jeanne Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1884-1952)

Birthplace: Wallaceburg, Canada

Profession: Opera Singer

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#60 on Famous People Whose Last Name Is Gordon

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Sophie Arnould is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1740-1802)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Opera Singer, Art Model

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#64 on Famous People Named Sophia or Sophie

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Marie Favart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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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#35 on Famous People Named Marie

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Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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 ...more

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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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#273 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#75 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#225 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#40 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Kathleen Howard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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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: Canada, Ontario

Profession: Opera Singer, Magazine editor, Actor

Credits: Laura, It's a Gift, Death Takes a Holiday, Cynthia Miss Polly, + more

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#93 on Famous People Whose Last Name Is Howard

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