Bands/Musicians 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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298 68
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
391 182
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

3
219 104
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

4
319 184
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

5
236 152
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

6
219 148
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United States of America

7
199 141
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

8
186 135
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

9
194 160
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

10
116 95
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

11
76 61
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

12
143 127
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

13
128 113
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

14
133 119
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15
110 97
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

16
74 62
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

17
41 30
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

18
42 31
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

19
74 63
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

20
84 73
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

21
43 33
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

22
46 36
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

23
47 37
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

24
55 45
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Argentina

25
45 36
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

26
113 104
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

27
113 105
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

28
56 48
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

29
33 25
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

30
126 120
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

31
88 82
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

32
85 79
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

33
54 48
Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

34
51 45
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

35
69 64
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

36
64 59
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

37
60 55
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

38
56 51
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

39
50 45
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

40
18 12
Piotr Beczała is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Poland

41
18 12
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

42
45 40
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

43
45 40
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

44
44 39
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

45
41 36
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

46
40 35
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

47
53 49
Mariusz Kwiecień is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

48
17 12
Ünüşan Kuloğlu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Ünüşan Kuloğlu Turkey 

49
36 32
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

50
13 8
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy