Female Professionals 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
727 263
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Manhattan, New York City, New York

3
361 148
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agapanthus added Spain, Barcelona

4
266 102
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Pesaro, Italy

5
252 110
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

6
220 94
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Västra Karup, Sweden

7
269 135
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
232 123
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Rome, Italy

9
161 69
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Hamar, Norway

10
250 116
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
148 75
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Günzburg, Germany

12
274 165
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Krasnodar, Russia

13
175 87
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

14
111 45
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

15
99 43
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Modena, Italy

16
145 81
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Jarocin, Poland

17
180 107
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New York City, USA, New York

18
172 96
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

19
82 32
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
111 53
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Riga, Latvia

21
112 40
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
angus-stuart added Victoria De Los Angeles

22
54 8
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Polonezköy, Turkey

23
75 33
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Madrid, Spain

24
60 17
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

25
129 84
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Adjud, Romania

26
80 51
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

27
86 49
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Savona, Italy

28
84 54
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Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

29
89 62
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JimWisdom added Portsmouth, Ohio, USA

30
74 54
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Lyon, France

31
46 25
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

32
30 8
Christa Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Pedro Perez added Berlin, Germany

33
63 43
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Stockholm, Sweden

34
30 9
Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hatfield, United Kingdom

35
29 10
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

36
34 16
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

37
40 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
28 11
Giulietta Simionato is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Forlì, Italy

39
63 58
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Bratislava, Slovakia

40
26 11
Amelita Galli-Curuci is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Milan, Italy

41
30 16
Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lefkada, Greece

42
24 11
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Perleberg, Germany

43
50 48
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Richmond, Australia

44
26 14
Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Transylvania, Romania

45
43 36
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JayDeFelice added New York City, New York, USA

46
22 13
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Crescentino, Italy

47
25 16
Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Zagreb, Croatia

48
18 10
Jenny Lind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Stockholm, Sweden

49
20 12
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Blackwood, United Kingdom

50
38 36
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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria