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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 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 a ...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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    Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 2 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 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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 5 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 7 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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    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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