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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603 167
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Sydney, Australia

2
698 253
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Manhattan, New York City, New York

3
335 143
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agapanthus added Barcelona, Spain

4
251 95
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Pesaro, Italy

5
247 107
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Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

6
209 90
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Sweden, Västra Karup

7
259 132
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Gisborne, New Zealand

8
226 117
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Rome, Italy

9
242 110
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

10
150 66
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Hamar, Norway

11
266 158
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Krasnodar, Russia

12
170 84
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Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

13
139 72
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Günzburg, Germany

14
141 77
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Jarocin, Poland

15
92 43
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Italy, Modena

16
168 91
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Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA

17
101 45
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Záhorská Ves, Austria

18
173 106
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New York City, USA, New York

19
77 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
106 52
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Riga, Latvia

21
50 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
73 33
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Madrid, Spain

23
58 17
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
127 84
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Adjud, Romania

25
102 40
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
angus-stuart added Victoria De Los Angeles

26
83 49
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Savona, Italy

27
77 51
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America

28
83 54
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Prairie Village, Kansas, United States of America

29
88 60
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JimWisdom added USA, Portsmouth, Ohio

30
72 51
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Lyon, France

31
45 25
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JimWisdom added St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

32
62 43
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Stockholm, Sweden

33
29 9
Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Hatfield, United Kingdom

34
25 8
Christa Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Pedro Perez added Berlin, Germany

35
62 56
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Slovakia, Bratislava

36
26 10
Giulietta Simionato is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Forlì, Italy

37
32 16
Shirley Verrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

38
37 27
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
joe-freeland added Draguignan, France

39
24 10
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

40
30 16
Agnes Baltsa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Lefkada, Greece

41
24 11
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Perleberg, Germany

42
26 14
Virginia Zeani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Transylvania, Romania

43
49 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
40 36
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JayDeFelice added New York City, USA, New York

47
20 12
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Blackwood, United Kingdom

48
38 36
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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

49
27 24
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
BitzNera added New York City, USA, New York

50
18 11
Amelita Galli-Curuci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time
Milan, Italy