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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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

2
974 332
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Sydney, Australia

3
349 173
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

4
298 52
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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471 300
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

6
390 173
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Pesaro, Italy

7
343 195
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
815 534
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New York City, Manhattan, USA

9
271 160
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New York City, New York, United States of America

10
273 151
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Västra Karup, Sweden

11
226 117
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

12
113 24
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
125 36
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

14
162 110
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Jarocin, Poland

15
278 147
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

16
193 92
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Hamar, Norway

17
73 19
Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

18
102 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 64
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Modena, Italy

20
121 66
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Savona, Italy

21
129 60
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

22
249 180
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Rome, Italy

23
103 59
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

24
165 110
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Günzburg, Germany

25
296 235
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Krasnodar, Russia