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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542 129
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
398 190
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

3
492 351
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

4
360 257
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United States of America

5
218 147
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

6
355 287
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Austria, Russia

7
299 241
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

8
410 343
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

9
132 99
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SvenSundquist added Sandor Konya

10
92 62
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

11
97 69
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

12
241 211
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

13
97 72
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

14
161 134
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

15
85 61
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

16
176 150
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

17
189 164
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

18
157 133
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

19
121 98
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

20
86 64
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

21
87 65
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

22
118 98
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

23
145 125
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

24
130 111
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Argentina

25
76 57
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

26
81 64
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

27
234 220
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

28
195 182
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29
146 133
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

30
59 44
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy

31
65 54
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

32
102 96
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

33
87 81
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

34
59 53
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35
92 89
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

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

37
72 68
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

38
62 59
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

39
69 67
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

40
57 54
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

41
54 51
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

42
46 44
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

43
46 44
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

44
48 47
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

45
47 46
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

46
24 22
Anja Harteros is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Tatyana Filimonova added Anja Harteros

47
16 13
Magdalena Kožená is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

48
21 20
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gnicholls added Canada

49
45 49
James Morris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

50
38 41
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers