Opera 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
367 128
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

3
413 216
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

4
778 405
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New York City, Manhattan, USA

5
67 3
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

6
322 152
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Pesaro, Italy

7
237 130
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

8
310 182
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Gisborne, New Zealand

9
252 140
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Västra Karup, Sweden

10
226 152
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New York City, New York, United States of America

11
200 112
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

12
271 142
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

13
155 108
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Jarocin, Poland

14
82 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
94 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 89
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Hamar, Norway

17
94 31
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

18
112 61
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Modena, Italy

19
117 64
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Savona, Italy

20
53 14
Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

21
245 176
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Rome, Italy

22
158 104
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Günzburg, Germany

23
100 58
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

24
123 59
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

25
287 226
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Krasnodar, Russia