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Famous Opera Singers from Germany

List of popular opera singers from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best German opera singers, along with bits of information such as what year they were born in and where they were born. If you're searching for a particular famous opera singer from Germany, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

Inge Borkh and Sári Barabás are included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from Germany?" and "Who are the greatest German opera singers?"

You can click on the names of these historic opera singers of Germany in order to get more information about each one. If you're an opera lover or just love music in general, then use this list of renowned German opera singers to find some operas or musicals that you might really enjoy.


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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Dortmund, Germany
    • Nationality: Austria, Germany
    • Type: Soprano
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    Christiane Oelze is a German soprano. From 2003 to 2008, she taught singing at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Doris Soffel

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    Doris Soffel is a German mezzo-soprano. Doris Soffel first played the violin, then switched to singing at the Munich Conservatory. She was member of the Stuttgart Opera ensemble from 1973 to 1982. Her international breakthrough was as Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito at the Royal Opera House, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Hechingen, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Edda Moser is a German coloratura soprano. She was particularly well known for her interpretations of music by Mozart. Her 1973 recital LP Virtuose Arien von WA Mozart received the Grand Prix du Disque. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Elisabeth Schumann

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    Elisabeth Schumann was a German soprano who sang in opera, operetta, oratorio, and lieder. She left a substantial legacy of recordings. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Merseburg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Ernst Kozub

    Ernst Kozub was a German tenor and opera singer. Kozub was born in Duisburg, Germany. Though his early death prevented him from fully realising his promise, he stands out as one of the notable heldentenor voices of the 1960s. He is best known for his Wagnerian roles, including Erik in Der fliegende ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Duisburg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Type: Tenor
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    Franz Crass

    Franz Crass was a German bass singer. A native of Wipperfürth, Rhine Province, Crass studied with Gerda Heuer in Wiesbaden and with Professor Clemens Glettenberg at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln. He won numerous competitions throughout Germany in the 1950s. In 1954, he made his debut at the municipal ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Wipperfürth, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Gerhard Unger

    Gerhard Unger was a German lyric tenor. Born in Bad Salzungen, he studied in Berlin and began singing concerts and oratorios in 1945, once the war was over. Unger made his debut as an opera singer in 1947 in Weimar. From 1949 to 1961, he sang with the Berlin State Opera. When the Berlin Wall was ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Bad Salzungen, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Type: Tenor
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    Gitta Alpár, was a Hungarian-born opera and operetta soprano. Gitta Alpár was born in Budapest as Klopfer Regina. At an early age, she commenced the study of singing and pianoforte at the Academy of Budapest. Her first public appearance was at age eighteen at the Budapest State Opera House which led to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Nationality: Hungary
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    Gustav Neidlinger

    Gustav Neidlinger was a German bass-baritone, who was most famous for playing Wagner's "howling-and-spitting" villains. Born in Mainz, Neidlinger studied at the conservatory in Frankfurt, where he was trained by Otto Rottsieper. He debuted in 1931 at the Stadttheater in Mainz, where he sang until 1934. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Heinrich Schlusnus

    Heinrich Schlusnus was Germany's foremost lyric baritone of the period between World War I and World War II. He sang opera and lieder with equal distinction. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Braubach, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Helga Mathilde Meyer was a German opera singer. She taught voice at Mary Washington College for many years; in 1977 she was a singer in the opera of Salzburg. Meyer died at age 58 of colon cancer in Arlington, Virginia. Her daughter is actress Sandra Bullock. She was married to John W. Bullock, who was ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Hermann Uhde

    Hermann Uhde was a German Wagnerian bass-baritone. He was born in Bremen and died on stage of a heart attack during a performance in Copenhagen. He studied in his hometown, where he gave his début in 1936. During the war, he sang in Munich and at the opera of The Hague. He sang at the Salzburg Festival ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Inge Borkh

    Inge Borkh is a German soprano. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Irmgard Seefried

    Irmgard Seefried was a distinguished German soprano who sang opera and lieder. Maria Theresia Irmgard Seefried was born in Köngetried, near Mindelheim, Bavaria, Germany, the daughter of educated Austrian-born parents. She studied at Augsburg University before making her debut in Aachen as the priestess ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Apfeltrach, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Johanna Gadski

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    Johanna Gadski was a German soprano. She was blessed with a secure, powerful, ringing voice, fine musicianship and an excellent technique. These attributes enabled her to enjoy a top-flight career in New York City and London, performing heavy dramatic roles in the German and Italian repertoires. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Anklam, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Josef Metternich

    Josef Metternich was a German operatic baritone. Metternich also appeared at the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in La forza del destino, in 1953. He joined the Munich State Opera in 1954, where he created the role of Johannes ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Kurt Böhme

    Kurt Böhme was a German bass. He was born in Dresden, Germany, where he studied with Adolf Kluge at the Dresden Conservatory. He made his debut in 1930 in Bautzen as Kaspar, later one of his most important roles. From 1930-1950, he was a member of the Dresden State Opera, 1949 he became a member of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Type: Bass
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    Kurt Moll is a very widely-recorded German operatic bass singer, now retired. His voice was notable for its range, a true infra-bass, including full, resonant low and very-low notes with relaxed vibrato; also for its unusual combination of extreme size and a purring, contrabassoon-like timbre. Although ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Type: Bass
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    Lisa Otto

    Lisa Otto was a German operatic soprano, particularly associated with soubrette and light coloratura roles. Born in Dresden, she studied there at the Musikhochschule with Susanne Steinmetz-Prée. She made her debut in Beuthen, as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, in 1941, where she remained until 1944. She ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Type: Coloratura Soprano
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