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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DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania

2
692 250
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Manhattan, New York City, New York

3
331 143
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

4
250 95
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Pesaro, Italy

5
245 107
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

6
208 90
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Sweden, Västra Karup

7
257 132
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
224 117
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Rome, Italy

9
241 109
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

10
150 66
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Hamar, Norway

11
266 157
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Krasnodar, Russia

12
168 84
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

13
138 72
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Günzburg, Germany

14
139 77
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Jarocin, Poland

15
91 43
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Italy, Modena

16
165 90
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA

17
171 105
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New York City, USA, New York

18
99 45
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

19
74 30
Frederica von Stade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
CotaitCirce added Somerville, USA, New Jersey

20
104 52
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Riga, Latvia

21
50 7
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Polonezköy, Turkey

22
72 33
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Madrid, Spain

23
126 84
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Adjud, Romania

24
57 17
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

25
101 40
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
angus-stuart added Victoria De Los Angeles

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76 51
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

27
80 48
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Savona, Italy

28
81 54
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Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

29
84 60
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JimWisdom added USA, Portsmouth, Ohio

30
71 50
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Lyon, France

31
45 25
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

32
61 43
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Stockholm, Sweden

33
28 9
Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hatfield, United Kingdom

34
26 10
Giulietta Simionato is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Forlì, Italy

35
61 56
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Slovakia, Bratislava

36
22 8
Christa Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Pedro Perez added Berlin, Germany

37
37 27
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
joe-freeland added Draguignan, France

38
31 16
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

39
24 10
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

40
24 11
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Perleberg, Germany

41
29 16
Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lefkada, Greece

42
49 48
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Richmond, Australia

43
26 14
Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Transylvania, Romania

44
25 15
Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Zagreb, Croatia

45
22 13
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Crescentino, Italy

46
38 36
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JayDeFelice added New York City, USA, New York

47
38 36
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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

48
27 24
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
BitzNera added New York City, USA, New York

49
19 12
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Blackwood, United Kingdom

50
18 11
Amelita Galli-Curuci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Milan, Italy