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The Greatest Living Opera Singers  

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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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Italy
Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for ...more
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Ramón Vargas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Ramón Vargas is a Mexican operatic tenor. Since his debut in the early '90s, he has developed to become one of the most acclaimed tenors of the 21st century. Known for his most expressive ...more
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
mandragora added Dmitri Hvorostovsky Russian baritone
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Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany
Diana Damrau is a German soprano opera singer. She is Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera.
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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Spain
José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. One of ...more
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Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Italy
Ferruccio Furlanetto is an Italian bass. His professional debut was in 1974 in Lonigo, he debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1979, in a production of Verdi's Macbeth, conducted by ...more
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Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy
Barbara Frittoli is an Italian operatic soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses throughout Europe and in the United States. She was born in Milan and graduated from the Milan ...more
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Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Romania
Angela Gheorghiu is a Romanian soprano. Since her professional debut in 1990, she has performed in leading roles of several operas at New York's Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera House, ...more
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Ben Heppner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada
Ben Heppner is a nominee in the 9th Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series.
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Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina
Olga Vladimirovna Borodina is a leading mezzo-soprano, known for her roles in Russian operas at her home company, the Mariinsky Theatre, and for her international performing and recording career ...more
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Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Bryn Terfel Jones CBE is a Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer. Terfel was initially associated with the roles of Mozart, particularly Figaro and Don Giovanni, but has subsequently ...more
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Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Susan Graham is an American mezzo-soprano.
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Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Dawn Upshaw is an American soprano. The recipient of several Grammy Awards and Edison Prize-winning discs, she performs both opera and art song, and in repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. ...more
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Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Italy
Ruggero Raimondi is an Italian bass-baritone opera singer who has also appeared in motion pictures.
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Sergei Leiferkus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
mandragora added Russia
Sergei Leiferkus is an operatic baritone from Russia, known for his dramatic technique and powerful voice particularly in Russian and Italian language repertoire. He is most notable for his ...more
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Yulia Van Doren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Yulia Van Doren
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Christina Poulitsi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Kostas Kapsalis added Christina Poulitsi
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Carmen Topciu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
cristianvintila70 added Carmen Topciu Romania
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René Pape is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany
René Pape is a German operatic bass.
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Olga Peretyatko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Yair Zorromaldonado added
Olga Peretyatko is a Russian operatic soprano. As a child Peretyatko sang in the children's choir of the Mariinsky Theatre. As a student of the Hamburg Opera Studio she received the second prize ...more
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Jerome Hines is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America
Jerome A. Hines was an American operatic bass who performed at the Metropolitan Opera from 1946 to 1987. Standing over two meters tall, his stage presence and stentorian voice made him ideal for ...more
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Anja Harteros is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Anja Harteros is a German operatic soprano. In 1999, she became the first German to win the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
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Ειρήνη Κώνστα is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Kostas Kapsalis added Ειρήνη Κώνστα
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Mimi Coertse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
DaemonGenius added Mimi Coertse South Africa

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Mimi Coertse is a South African soprano.
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Stuart Skelton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stuart Skelton Australia
Stuart Skelton is an Australian operatic heldentenor.