Opera The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time  

Buster McDermott
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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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844 259
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Sydney, Australia

2
355 126
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

3
413 211
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

4
774 379
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New York City, Manhattan, USA

5
321 147
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Pesaro, Italy

6
310 179
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Gisborne, New Zealand

7
231 130
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

8
252 132
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Västra Karup, Sweden

9
223 147
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New York City, New York, United States of America

10
199 108
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

11
106 7
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
toonrose added Megan Marie Hart USA

Soprano

12
271 139
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

13
155 105
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Jarocin, Poland

14
80 18
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

15
93 28
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

16
175 87
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Hamar, Norway

17
112 59
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Modena, Italy

18
116 64
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Savona, Italy

19
245 172
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Rome, Italy

20
90 31
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

21
158 103
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Günzburg, Germany

22
100 58
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

23
123 59
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

24
51 14
Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

25
287 224
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Krasnodar, Russia