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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Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Jonas Kaufmann Germany

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289 96
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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151 54
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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160 60
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

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203 89
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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139 53
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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191 86
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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130 53
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Jessye Norman United States of America

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110 41
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Diana Damrau Germany

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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added Leontyne Price United States of America

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187 93
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Renée Fleming United States of America

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173 85
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added Maria Callas United States of America

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111 50
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Joyce Didonato United States of America

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Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Rolando Villazón Mexico

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Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Barbara Frittoli Italy

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Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Elīna Garanča

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Ünüşan Kuloğlu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Ünüşan Kuloğlu Turkey 

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Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Thomas Hampson United States of America

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83 37
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
René Pape Germany

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122 68
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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92 51
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added José Carreras Spain

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Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added Natalie Dessay France

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Piotr Beczała is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Piotr Beczała Poland

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Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Sondra Radvanovsky Canada

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Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added Samuel Ramey United States of America

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Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Simon Keenlyside United Kingdom

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34 12
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Berganza Spain

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110 74
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Kathleen Battle United States of America

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

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Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Renata Scotto

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Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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52 30
Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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72 48
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

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53 33
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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53 33
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Anja Harteros is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Tatyana Filimonova added Anja Harteros

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Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

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44 27
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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29 14
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Edita Gruberová Slovak Republic

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

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25 11
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Anna Moffo United States of America

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45 29
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Gerald Finley Canada

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40 26
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

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50 36
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Dawn Upshaw United States of America

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24 13
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Stratas Canada

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52 40
Mariusz Kwiecień is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers