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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523 122
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
393 177
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

3
488 337
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

4
354 245
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United States of America

5
215 136
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

6
353 275
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Austria, Russia

7
403 334
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

8
129 90
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SvenSundquist added Sandor Konya

9
291 238
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

10
84 54
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

11
84 59
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

12
90 66
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

13
128 103
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Argentina

14
142 118
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

15
170 146
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

16
234 209
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

17
90 69
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

18
154 132
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

19
183 161
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

20
79 59
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

21
82 62
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

22
115 95
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

23
57 38
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy

24
151 131
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

25
194 176
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26
144 127
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

27
230 216
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

28
70 55
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

29
111 97
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

30
63 49
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

31
74 63
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

32
86 76
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

33
59 52
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34
99 95
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

35
72 67
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

36
91 88
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

37
64 59
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

38
62 58
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

39
69 66
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

40
54 50
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

41
46 42
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

42
56 53
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

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

44
48 46
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

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

46
16 12
Magdalena Kožená is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

47
23 21
Anja Harteros is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Tatyana Filimonova added Anja Harteros

48
21 19
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gnicholls added Canada

49
45 48
James Morris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

50
38 40
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers