Singers 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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Manhattan, New York City, New York

2
364 151
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Sydney, Australia

3
304 134
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

4
232 98
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

5
222 90
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Pesaro, Italy

6
196 85
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Sweden, Västra Karup

7
240 128
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
226 106
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

9
252 150
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Krasnodar, Russia

10
202 116
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Rome, Italy

11
136 64
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Hamar, Norway

12
162 83
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

13
129 70
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Günzburg, Germany

14
161 87
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA

15
87 42
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Italy, Modena

16
133 77
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Jarocin, Poland

17
95 44
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

18
164 102
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New York City, USA, New York

19
69 29
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
96 51
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Riga, Latvia

21
79 46
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Savona, Italy

22
97 39
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
angus-stuart added Victoria De Los Angeles

23
74 50
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

24
67 33
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Madrid, Spain

25
52 17
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

26
119 84
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Adjud, Romania

27
44 7
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Polonezköy, Turkey

28
76 53
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Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

29
67 49
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France, Lyon

30
77 60
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JimWisdom added Portsmouth, Ohio, United States of America

31
42 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
25 10
Giulietta Simionato is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Forlì, Italy

35
59 55
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Slovakia, Bratislava

36
29 15
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

37
36 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
20 8
Christa Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Pedro Perez added Berlin, Germany

39
23 11
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Perleberg, Germany

40
21 10
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

41
25 14
Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Transylvania, Romania

42
26 16
Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lefkada, Greece

43
21 13
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Crescentino, Italy

44
44 48
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Richmond, Australia

45
22 15
Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Zagreb, Croatia

46
36 35
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JayDeFelice added New York City, USA, New York

47
26 24
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
BitzNera added New York City, USA, New York

48
35 40
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Wheeling, Illinois, United States of America

49
18 12
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Blackwood, United Kingdom

50
35 36
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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria