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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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

2
857 295
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Sydney, Australia

3
102 5
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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418 251
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

5
781 443
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New York City, Manhattan, USA

6
273 131
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

7
333 155
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Pesaro, Italy

8
313 187
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Gisborne, New Zealand

9
245 153
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New York City, New York, United States of America

10
257 146
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Västra Karup, Sweden

11
209 112
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

12
96 18
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
106 31
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

14
157 109
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Jarocin, Poland

15
271 144
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

16
98 28
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

17
63 14
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
177 91
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Hamar, Norway

19
112 63
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Modena, Italy

20
118 66
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Savona, Italy

21
102 58
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

22
245 179
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Rome, Italy

23
158 106
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Günzburg, Germany

24
123 60
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

25
288 231
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Krasnodar, Russia