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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

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 Sydney
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Age 92 from Laurel
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Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from Manhattan
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Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro
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agapanthus added Age 85 from Barcelona
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Age 85 from Bradford
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Age 74 from Gisborne
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Age 73 from Augusta
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Dec. at 78 (1929-2007) from New York City
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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
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Age 60 from Indiana
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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
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Age 47 from Krasnodar
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Dec. at 87 (1918-2005) from Västra Karup
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JimWisdom added Age 82 from St. Louis
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Dec. at 67 (1895-1962) from Hamar
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Age 84 from Modena
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Age 52 from Rome
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Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1931-2010) from USA
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Age 42 from Riga
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Dec. at 84 (1897-1981) from Meriden
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Dec. at 91 (1915-2006) from Jarocin
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takonyak added Age 75 from Budapest
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Dec. at 54 (1939-1993) from Záhorská Ves
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Age 47 from Günzburg