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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400 87
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
311 128
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

3
422 270
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

4
298 203
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

5
152 90
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

6
286 197
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United States of America

7
84 44
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SvenSundquist added Sandor Konya

8
341 271
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

9
229 206
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

10
62 54
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

11
147 143
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

12
57 49
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

13
202 201
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

14
92 86
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

15
28 19
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy

16
124 120
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

17
101 96
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

18
42 34
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

19
79 73
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Argentina

20
60 53
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

21
88 83
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

22
139 137
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

23
123 121
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

24
55 49
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

25
161 162
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26
52 46
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

27
50 44
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

28
55 50
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

29
204 210
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

30
120 120
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

31
72 71
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

32
90 91
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

33
85 86
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

34
43 40
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

35
42 39
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

36
61 60
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

37
59 58
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

38
48 46
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39
56 55
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

40
64 64
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

41
44 42
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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
21 17
Piotr Beczała is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Poland

46
45 44
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

47
36 35
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

48
44 44
James Morris 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
12 9
Magdalena Kožená is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added