Culture 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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Sydney, Australia

2
465 152
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

3
336 150
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

4
458 277
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

5
247 34
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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373 160
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Pesaro, Italy

7
803 519
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New York City, Manhattan, USA

8
336 193
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Gisborne, New Zealand

9
270 159
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New York City, New York, United States of America

10
272 150
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Västra Karup, Sweden

11
226 116
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

12
112 23
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

13
124 35
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

14
161 110
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Jarocin, Poland

15
73 18
Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

16
277 147
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

17
192 92
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Hamar, Norway

18
101 29
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

19
118 63
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Modena, Italy

20
120 66
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Savona, Italy

21
103 58
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

22
128 60
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

23
248 180
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Rome, Italy

24
161 110
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Günzburg, Germany

25
295 233
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Krasnodar, Russia