Female Professionals The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time  

Buster McDermott
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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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811 197
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Sydney, Australia

2
750 270
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New York City, Manhattan, USA

3
377 160
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agapanthus added Spain, Barcelona

4
283 107
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Pesaro, Italy

5
236 94
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Västra Karup, Sweden

6
260 113
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

7
281 139
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
167 72
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Hamar, Norway

9
239 128
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Rome, Italy

10
262 121
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
283 168
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Krasnodar, Russia

12
155 80
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Günzburg, Germany

13
182 90
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

14
105 46
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Modena, Italy

15
117 48
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

16
149 84
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Jarocin, Poland

17
186 111
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New York City, USA, New York

18
87 35
Frederica von Stade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
CotaitCirce added Somerville, USA, New Jersey

19
175 101
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

20
117 56
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Riga, Latvia

21
118 42
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
angus-stuart added Victoria De Los Angeles

22
66 20
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
92 52
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Savona, Italy

24
85 54
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

25
80 37
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Madrid, Spain