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List of Famous Opera Singers

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This list of the most notable and famous opera singers in the world includes photos, when available. Great opera singers worldwide and top opera singers in America can be found on this list, ordered by their level of prominence. 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, but you'll also find countless other popular opera singers 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.
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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
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Actor
    • Credits: Spectre, Man on Fire, The Goonies, The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994
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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 director of ...more

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    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Retiro
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Conductor, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Great Performances, La Traviata, Otello, Carmen, + more
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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 hits ...more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Lajatico, 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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    Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 4 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 television ...more

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    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • 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) 5 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 a ...more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Barcelona, 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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    Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 6 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 canto ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1923-1977)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Milk, Philadelphia, The Iron Lady
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    Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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    Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years. Pears's musical career started slowly. He was at first unsure whether to concentrate on playing or singing, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1910-1986)
    • Birthplace: England, Farnham
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Librettist, Singer
    • Credits: Britten: Owen Wingrave, The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
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    Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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    Mario Lanza (January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959, aged 38) was an American tenor, singer, actor and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. The son of Italian emigrants, he began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. He was born Alfred Arnold Cocozza. He changed his name ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1921-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Great Caruso, Serenade, Because You're Mine, The Toast of New Orleans, Seven Hills of Rome, + more
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