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The Greatest Living Opera Singers  

Buster McDermott
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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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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
USA
Megan Marie Hart (born 1983) is an American operatic soprano from Eugene, Oregon. A member of the Landestheater Detmold, she has appeared in leading operatic roles and concerts in America and
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America
Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to ...more
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Jessye Mae Norman is an American Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles of ...more
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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added
Renata Scotto is an Italian soprano and opera director. Recognized for her sense of style, musicality and as a remarkable singer-actress, Scotto is considered one of the preeminent singers of ...more
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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he ...more
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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Kathleen Deanna Battle is an American operatic light lyric soprano known for her light voice and silvery, pure tone. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle initially became known for her work within ...more
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Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada
Teresa Stratas, OC, is a retired Canadian operatic soprano of Greek descent. She is especially well known for her award-winning recording of Alban Berg's Lulu.
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Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America
Sherrill Milnes is an American operatic baritone most famous for his Verdi roles. From 1965 until 1997 he was associated with the Metropolitan Opera. His voice is a high dramatic baritone, ...more
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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. ...more
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Elmer Fudd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Pudbill9 added Elmer Fudd
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Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Thomas Walter Hampson is an American lyric baritone, a classical singer who has appeared world-wide in major opera houses and concert halls and made over 170 musical recordings. Hampson's ...more
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Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America
Samuel Edward Ramey is an American operatic bass with a long, distinguished career. At the height of his career, he was greatly admired for his range and versatility, having possessed a ...more
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Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Sweden
Anne Sofie von Otter is a Swedish mezzo-soprano whose repertoire encompasses lieder, operas, oratorios and also rock and pop songs. Her art is documented on a collection of numerous CDs.
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Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic
Edita Gruberová, is a Slovak coloratura soprano. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic power, endurance, and ability to sing high notes with great power and ...more
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Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain
Teresa Berganza Vargas is a Spanish mezzo-soprano. She is most closely associated with the roles of Rossini, Mozart, and Bizet. She is admired for her technical virtuosity, musical intelligence, ...more
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Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Juan Diego Flórez Salom is a Peruvian operatic tenor, particularly known for his roles in bel canto operas. On June 4, 2007, he received his country's highest decoration, the Gran Cruz de ...more
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Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Joyce DiDonato is an American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano notable for her interpretations of the works of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini. She has performed with many of the world's ...more
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Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany
Jonas Kaufmann is a German operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in spinto roles such as Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and the ...more
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Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom
Simon Keenlyside CBE is a British baritone who has had an active international career performing in operas and concerts since the mid-1980s.
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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is a Russian operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna, Austria and in New York City.
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Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
France
Roberto Alagna is a French tenor. He was born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France and obtained French citizenship at age 18, while also retaining his previous Italian citizenship.
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Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Erwin Schrott is an operatic bass-baritone, particularly known for his interpretation of the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
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Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added
Elīna Garanča is a Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-soprano. With a musical family background, she began to study singing in her hometown of Riga in 1996 and continued her studies in Vienna and in ...more
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Ramón Vargas is listed (or ranked) 25 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