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The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated March 26, 2020 43.3k votes 8.9k voters 102k views 132 items

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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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Age 85 from Savona
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Frederica von Stade is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
CotaitCirce added Age 73 from Somerville
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Age 83 from Madrid
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Dec. at 70 (1861-1931) from Richmond
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Age 50 from Prairie Village
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Victoria de los Angeles ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
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JimWisdom added Age 70 from Portsmouth
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Age 53 from Adjud
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Victoria De Los Angeles ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
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Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Age 60 from New York City
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Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Dec. at 83 (1906-1989) from Zagreb
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Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976) from Perleberg
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Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
joe-freeland added Age Died at 78 (1898-1976) from Draguignan
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Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
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Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Age 74 from Greece
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Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Age 83 from Crescentino
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Claudia Muzio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Poukah added Dec. at 47 (1889-1936) from Pavia
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Geraldine Farrar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1882-1967) from USA
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Amelita Galli-Curuci is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1882-1963) from Milan
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Eleanor Steber is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1914-1990) from USA
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Giulietta Simionato is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 100 (1910-2010) from Forlì
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Licia Albanese is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 101 (1913-2014) from Bari
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Hariclea Darclée ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 79 (1860-1939) from Brăila
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Eva Turner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 98 (1892-1990) from Oldham
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Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Dec. at 80 (1928-2008) from Polonezköy