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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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#3 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #1 of 96 The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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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 (born February 10, 1927) is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was the first ...more

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#2 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #2 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #338 of 347 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
voting closed at #3 United States of America
Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles ...more

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#89 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1,986 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #800 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Renée Fleming United States of America
Renée Lynn Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano, known for performances in opera, concerts, recordings, theater, film, and at major public occasions. Fleming has a full ...more

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#620 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time #25 of 96 The Greatest Sopranos of All Time #16 of 131 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Juan Diego Flórez... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Peru
Juan Diego Flórez (born January 13, 1973) is a Peruvian operatic tenor, particularly known for his roles in bel canto operas. On June 4, 2007, he received his country's highest ...more

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#27 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #29 of 83 The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Marcelo Álvarez ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Argentina
Marcelo Raúl Álvarez (born February 27, 1962) is an Argentine lyric tenor who achieved international success starting in the mid-1990s. Álvarez travels widely, performing ...more
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Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#59 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #27 of 131 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Erwin Schrott (born 21 December 1972 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an operatic bass-baritone, particularly known for his interpretation of the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
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Rolando Villazón ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Mexico
Rolando Villazón Mauleón (born February 22, 1972) is a French/Mexican tenor. He now lives in France, and in 2007 he became a French citizen.Villazón has published several ...more
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Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany
Jonas Kaufmann (born 10 July 1969) 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 ...more

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#54 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #32 of 83 The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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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 (born June 28, 1955) 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 ...more
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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan: [ʒuˈzɛb məˈɾi.ə kəˈreɾəs i ˈkɔʎ]; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (, Spanish: [xoˈse kaˈreɾas]), is a Spanish tenor who is ...more

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#64 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #12 of 83 The Greatest Tenors of All Time #195 of 370 340+ Uncircumcised Celebrities

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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Kathleen Battle United States of America
Kathleen Deanna Battle (born August 13, 1948) is an American operatic soprano known for her distinctive vocal range and tone. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle initially became known for her work ...more

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#19 of 96 The Greatest Sopranos of All Time #34 of 131 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada
Teresa Stratas, OC (born May 26, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario), is a retired Canadian operatic soprano of Greek descent. She is especially well known for her award-winning recording of Alban Berg's
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Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
France
Roberto Alagna (French pronunciation: ​[ʁɔ.bɛʁ.to a.la.ɲa]; Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto aˈlaɲɲa]; born 7 June 1963) is a French tenor. He was born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, ...more

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#40 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #28 of 83 The Greatest Tenors of All Time

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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added
Renata Scotto (born 24 February 1934) is an Italian soprano and opera director. Recognized for her sense of style, her musicality, and as a remarkable singer-actress, Scotto is considered one of ...more
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Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada
Sondra Dee Radvanovsky (born 11 April 1969) is an American-Canadian soprano. Specializing in 19th-century Italian opera, Radvanovsky has been called one of the leading Verdi sopranos of her ...more
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Edita Gruberová ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic
Edita Gruberová (born 23 December 1946), is a Slovak coloratura soprano. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic power, endurance, and ability to sing high notes with ...more

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#106 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #87 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #12 of 96 The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America
Sherrill Milnes (born January 10, 1935) is an American dramatic baritone most famous for his Verdi roles. From 1965 until 1997 he was associated with the Metropolitan Opera. His voice is a high ...more
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Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Sweden
Anne Sofie von Otter (born 9 May 1955) is a Swedish mezzo-soprano. Her repertoire encompasses lieder, operas, oratorios and also rock and pop songs.

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#26 of 96 The Greatest Sopranos of All Time #48 of 131 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America
Samuel Edward Ramey (born March 28, 1942, Colby, Kansas) is an American operatic bass.At the height of his career he was greatly admired for his range and versatility, having possessed a ...more
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Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Italy
Ferruccio Furlanetto (born 16 May 1949 in Sacile, Italy) 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 ...more
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Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy
Barbara Frittoli (born 19 April 1967) 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 ...more
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Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America
Joyce DiDonato (née Flaherty; born February 13, 1969) is an American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano notable for her interpretations of the works of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini. ...more

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#51 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #29 of 96 The Greatest Sopranos of All Time #32 of 131 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom
Sir Simon Keenlyside CBE (born 3 August 1959) is a British baritone who has had an active international career performing in operas and concerts since the mid-1980s.

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#50 of 149 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time #64 of 83 The Greatest Tenors of All Time