Female Professionals The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time  

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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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Manhattan, New York City, New York

2
456 158
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Sydney, Australia

3
315 140
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

4
235 92
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Pesaro, Italy

5
241 106
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

6
202 88
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Sweden, Västra Karup

7
247 132
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
216 116
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Rome, Italy

9
233 108
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

10
145 65
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Hamar, Norway

11
261 154
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Krasnodar, Russia

12
166 84
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

13
134 72
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Günzburg, Germany

14
163 89
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA

15
90 43
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Italy, Modena

16
135 77
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Jarocin, Poland

17
169 104
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New York City, USA, New York

18
95 45
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

19
71 30
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
100 51
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Riga, Latvia

21
49 7
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Polonezköy, Turkey

22
70 33
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Madrid, Spain

23
100 40
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
angus-stuart added Victoria De Los Angeles

24
80 47
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Savona, Italy

25
76 51
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

26
123 84
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Adjud, Romania

27
54 17
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

28
80 54
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Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

29
70 50
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France, Lyon

30
81 60
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JimWisdom added Portsmouth, Ohio, United States of America

31
45 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
26 10
Giulietta Simionato is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Forlì, Italy

35
22 8
Christa Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Pedro Perez added Berlin, Germany

36
61 56
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Slovakia, Bratislava

37
31 16
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

38
24 10
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

39
37 27
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
joe-freeland added Draguignan, France

40
24 11
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Perleberg, Germany

41
26 14
Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Transylvania, Romania

42
28 16
Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lefkada, Greece

43
48 48
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Richmond, Australia

44
25 15
Zinka Milanov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Zagreb, Croatia

45
22 13
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Crescentino, Italy

46
38 36
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JayDeFelice added New York City, USA, New York

47
27 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
19 12
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Blackwood, United Kingdom

49
35 41
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Wheeling, Illinois, United States of America

50
36 36
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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria