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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270 95
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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144 50
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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

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133 50
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Bryn Terfel United Kingdom

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185 84
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Jessye Norman United States of America

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183 87
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added Maria Callas United States of America

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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added Leontyne Price United States of America

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Ranker Video

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Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Diana Damrau Germany

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Ranker Video
Renée Fleming United States of America

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Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

The Best Singers of All Time

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René Pape is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
René Pape Germany

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Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Thomas Hampson United States of America

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118 68
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added José Carreras Spain

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Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added Natalie Dessay France

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Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added Samuel Ramey United States of America

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Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Berganza Spain

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added Sherrill Milnes United States of America

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Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Sondra Radvanovsky Canada

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Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Simon Keenlyside United Kingdom

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Anja Harteros is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Tatyana Filimonova added Anja Harteros

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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Kathleen Battle United States of America

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32 13
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Renata Scotto

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Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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

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Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lawrence Brownlee

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27 13
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Edita Gruberová Slovak Republic

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

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39 24
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Susan Graham United States of America

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Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

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43 29
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Gerald Finley Canada

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22 11
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Anna Moffo United States of America

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23 12
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Stratas Canada

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Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

Every Song in The Phantom of the Opera, Ranked by Singability

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James Morris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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

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16 8
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gnicholls added Ben Heppner Canada

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Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Marcelo Álvarez Argentina

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Mariusz Kwiecień is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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36 29
John Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Thomas Allen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Thomas Allen England