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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290 65
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
389 172
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

3
213 98
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

4
315 176
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

5
233 144
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

6
216 140
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United States of America

7
193 136
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

8
182 128
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

9
194 149
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

10
74 53
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

11
143 116
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

12
132 111
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13
110 91
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

14
113 95
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

15
124 106
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

16
71 56
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

17
106 90
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

18
112 97
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

19
70 57
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

20
126 111
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

21
51 40
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Argentina

22
30 20
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

23
81 70
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

24
85 74
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

25
43 33
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

26
69 59
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

27
87 77
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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37 28
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

29
38 29
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

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39 30
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

31
42 33
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

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43 34
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

33
56 47
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

34
60 53
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

35
54 47
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

36
54 47
Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

37
45 38
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

38
18 11
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

39
64 58
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

40
51 45
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

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18 12
Piotr Beczała is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Poland

42
50 45
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

43
45 40
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

44
44 39
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

45
41 36
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

46
40 35
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

47
53 49
Mariusz Kwiecień is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

48
17 12
Ünüşan Kuloğlu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Ünüşan Kuloğlu Turkey 

49
13 8
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy

50
36 32
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers