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This list of the most notable and famous opera singers in the world includes photos, when available. The greatest opera singers worldwide and top opera singers in America can be found on this list, ordered by their level of prominence. If you're looking for only famous female opera singers, we have that as well. From reputable opera singers to the lesser known opera singers in history and today, these are the top opera singers in the music world, of any voice - including famous soprano singers, baritones, and tenors.

Who are the most famous opera singers in the world? You've likely heard of modern opera singers like Plácido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, but you'll also find countless other popular opera singers and opera music artists below, from all different eras. 

If you can't get enough opera, be sure to check out these lists of Verdi operas, Rossini operas, and Puccini operas to get your opera fix.

Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1935-2007)

Birthplace: Modena, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Opera Singer, Actor

Credits: Spectre, Man on Fire, The Goonies, The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994

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#25 on The Best Singers of All Time

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#2 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. One of 'The Three Tenors', Domingo has more recently taken on conducting opera and concert performances, and is also the general ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Retiro

Nationality: Spain

Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Actor, Voice acting Singer

Credits: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Great Performances, La Traviata, Otello Carmen, + more

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#66 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#9 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#6 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of 12 following an association football accident. Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest ...more

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Andrea Bocelli: A Night in Tuscany, Sarah Brightman in Concert, Céline Dion: These Are Special Times, Tuscan Skies ~ Andrea Bocelli ~

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#78 on The Best Singers of All Time

#52 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#58 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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: 58

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer, Consultant

Credits: Richard Strauss: Arabella, In Search of Mozart

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#3 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#14 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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Paul Anthony Sorvino is an American actor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero, a portrayal of Paul Vario in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the police procedural and legal drama ...more

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Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Profession: Opera Singer, Sculptor, Activist, Copywriter Television director, + more

Credits: Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Rocketeer

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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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Josep Maria Carreras i Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the operatic stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Spain, Barcelona

Nationality: Spain

Profession: Singer

Credits: Caballé Beyond the Music, The Making of West Side Story, The 3 Tenors, Paris 1998 Puccini: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera), + more

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#21 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#13 on The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI, was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (1923-1977)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer

Credits: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Milk, Philadelphia, The Iron Lady

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#67 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#3 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#12 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#1 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is a Russian operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna, Austria and in New York City. ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

Nationality: Austria, Russia

Profession: Actor, Singer

Credits: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, La Bohème, Betrothal in a Monastery, Jules Massenet: Manon Anna Netrebko: The Woman, + more

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#39 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#7 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#10 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

#13 on The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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