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The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated June 28, 2020 48.4k votes 9.5k voters 107.2k views 123 items

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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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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
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Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) from DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, Australia
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Age 92 from Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America
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Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
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Age 85 from Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro, Italy
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agapanthus added Age 85 from Barcelona, Spain
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Age 74 from Gisborne, New Zealand
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Dec. at 78 (1929-2007) from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Age 84 from Modena, Italy
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Age 73 from Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
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Dec. at 87 (1918-2005) from Västra Karup, Sweden
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Age 60 from Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006) from Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Age 47 from Krasnodar, Russia
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JimWisdom added Age 82 from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
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Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1931-2010) from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
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Dec. at 91 (1915-2006) from Jarocin, Poland
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Dec. at 67 (1895-1962) from Hamar, Norway
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Age 52 from Rome, Italy
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Dec. at 84 (1897-1981) from Meriden, Connecticut
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Age 42 from Riga, Latvia
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Dec. at 54 (1939-1993) from Záhorská Ves, Austria
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Age 47 from Günzburg, Germany
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Age 85 from Savona, Italy