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The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated April 29, 2020 44.7k votes 9.2k voters 104.7k views 138 items

List Rules Vote up the best female opera singer

While opera isn't the most popular for of modern entertainment, it is still a significant cultural staple in many countries, and can be an incredibly moving experience. An opera singer is skilled in the art of singing, acting, and most importantly, projecting their voice in a powerful way to a live audience, filling the entire theatre with music. Female opera singers can hit the high notes with ease.

Who are the best female opera singers of all time? The talented women featured on this list have made a significant impact in the world of opera, and are incredibly talented. Female opera singers are usually sopranos or altos. If you’re interested in opera and want to see these female singers in action, but can't afford to attend, there are many operas available on DVD as well.

The greatest female opera singers on this list include Maria Callas, Renee Fleming, and Anna Gottlieb. Vote up the best of the best below or add the top female opera singers you think are the best if they aren't already on the list.
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Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) from DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, Australia
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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
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Age 92 from Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America
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Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
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Age 85 from Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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agapanthus added Age 85 from Barcelona, Spain
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Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro, Italy
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Age 74 from Gisborne, New Zealand
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Age 73 from Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
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Dec. at 78 (1929-2007) from New York City, New York, United States of America
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JimWisdom added Age 82 from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006) from Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Age 60 from Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Age 47 from Krasnodar, Russia
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Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1931-2010) from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
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Age 84 from Modena, Italy
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Dec. at 67 (1895-1962) from Hamar, Norway
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Dec. at 87 (1918-2005) from Västra Karup, Sweden
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Age 52 from Rome, Italy
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Dec. at 91 (1915-2006) from Jarocin, Poland
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Age 42 from Riga, Latvia
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Dec. at 84 (1897-1981) from Meriden, Connecticut
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Age 47 from Günzburg, Germany
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Dec. at 54 (1939-1993) from Záhorská Ves, Austria
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Age 85 from Savona, Italy