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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Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
363 153
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

3
447 318
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

4
325 229
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United States of America

5
189 121
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

6
334 245
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

7
379 309
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

8
110 81
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SvenSundquist added Sandor Konya

9
83 61
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

10
85 63
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

11
77 56
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

12
262 234
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

13
226 205
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

14
144 125
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

15
71 55
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

16
106 91
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

17
159 144
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

18
109 95
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Argentina

19
60 46
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

20
169 156
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

21
69 56
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

22
139 128
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

23
181 171
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24
70 58
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

25
105 94
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

26
120 110
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

27
63 52
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

28
212 211
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

29
42 34
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy

30
126 123
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

31
27 20
Piotr Beczała is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Poland

32
44 39
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

33
74 72
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

34
47 43
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

35
92 92
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

36
66 64
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

37
86 86
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

38
45 42
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

39
52 50
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59 58
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

41
57 56
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

42
43 41
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

43
52 51
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

44
50 49
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

45
62 63
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

46
13 9
Magdalena Kožená is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

47
45 45
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

48
36 36
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

49
36 36
John Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
England

50
44 45
James Morris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers