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Buster McDermott
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List Rules Vote up the best opera singers who are still alive today

While modern entertainment is drastically different than it was in history, art forms like ballet, theatre, and the opera are still some of the most moving experiences in live entertainment. Opera is a powerful performance that typically combines incredible singing and drama. It is still a popular form of entertainment today, and there are many highly skilled performers singing opera for modern audiences.

Who are the best living opera singers? This list features the most popular current opera singers in the world, ranked by the community. Some of the great, modern opera singers on this list are also among the best opera singers of all time.

The best living opera singers on this list range every voice type and include talented musicians like Roberto Alagna, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Angela Gheorghiu, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and Cecilia Bartoli. Vote up the best living opera singers below or add an opera singer you think is great, who is still alive, but isn't already on the list.
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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Plácido Domingo Opera, Musical

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Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Cecilia Bartoli Opera, Traditional music, Folk music

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143 66
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Renée Fleming Opera, Jazz

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88 33
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

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88 33
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Bryn Terfel Opera

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119 54
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

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82 31
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83 33
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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94 41
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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124 63
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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114 60
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added Maria Callas Opera

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77 36
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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62 27
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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65 31
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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25 4
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added Samuel Ramey

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65 36
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added José Carreras Opera

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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Nicolai Gedda

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Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Sondra Radvanovsky

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16 2
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added Leontyne Price

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47 27
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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57 36
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added Natalie Dessay Opera, Classical music, Jazz

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Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

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38 21
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Opera

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56 37
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Roberto Alagna Classical music

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17 4
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Renata Scotto

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38 23
Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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42 27
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Dawn Upshaw Opera

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16 4
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Berganza

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37 23
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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39 25
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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40 26
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lawrence Brownlee

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38 25
James Morris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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14 4
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

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32 21
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe

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36 25
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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36 25
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12 3
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gnicholls added Ben Heppner

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13 4
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Edita Gruberová

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29 19
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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14 5
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Stratas

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30 22
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9 2
Robert Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Robert Lloyd

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28 21
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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29 22
Yulia Van Doren is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Yulia Van Doren

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32 25
John Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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9 3
Thomas Allen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Thomas Allen