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The Greatest Living Opera Singers

Updated May 18, 2021 182.7k votes 10.7k voters 357k views79 items

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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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    Leontyne Price

    United States of America

    AlbumsErnani (RCA Italiana Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Thomas Schippers), Aida (London Symphony Orchestra feat. soprano: Leontyne Price, tenor: Plácido Domingo), Leontyne Price Rediscovered, Madama Butterfly (Orchestra e Coro della RCA Italiana feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf

    Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was the first African...  more

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    #3 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years#57 of 145 The Greatest Black Female Singers

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    Genres (Music)opera

    Megan Marie Hart (born 1983) is an American operatic soprano from Eugene, Oregon. A member of the Landestheater Detmold, she has appeared in leading operatic roles and concerts in America and Europe....  more
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    Jessye Norman - DIED September 30, 2019

    United States of America

    Genres (Music)Opera, Spiritual, Classical music, Gospel music

    AlbumsWith a Song in My Heart, Symphonie No. 9 / Symphonie No. 6 "Pastorale", Bluebeard's Castle, Amazing Grace, In the Spirit

    Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles of...  more

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    #282 of 500 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#781 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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    Elīna Garanča is a Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-soprano. With a musical family background, she began to study singing in her hometown of Riga in 1996 and continued her studies in Vienna and in the...  more
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    Renée Fleming

    United States of America

    Genres (Music)Opera, Jazz

    AlbumsDark Hope, Great Opera Moments II, Elijah, Under the Stars, Star Crossed Lovers

    Renée Lynn Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano, known for performances in opera, concerts, recordings, theater, film, and at major public occasions. Fleming has a full lyric...  more

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    #25 of 54 The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History#3 of 4 The Best Cover Songs of Recent Memory pt. 1

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    AlbumsDie Walküre, Twilight of the Gods: The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection, Madama Butterfly, Wagner, Mozart / Schubert / Beethoven / Wagner

    Jonas Kaufmann (born 10 July 1969) is a German operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in spinto roles such as Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur,...  more
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    Sondra Dee Radvanovsky (born 11 April 1969) is an American-Canadian soprano. Specializing in 19th-century Italian opera, Radvanovsky has been called one of the leading Verdi sopranos of her...  more
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    AlbumsMarcelo Álvarez sings Gardel

    Marcelo Raúl Álvarez (born February 27, 1962) is an Argentine lyric tenor who achieved international success starting in the mid-1990s. Álvarez travels widely, performing with top singers in major...  more
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    Genres (Music)Opera, Classical music

    Piotr Beczała (born December 28, 1966) is a Polish operatic tenor. ...  more
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    Angel Blue

    Angel Blue (born May 3, 1984) born Angel Joy Blue is an American operatic soprano and classical crossover artist. Blue's voice has been recognized for its shining and agile upper register, "smoky"...  more
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    AlbumsArie di bravura: Salieri / Righini / Mozart, Lieder, Coloraturas

    Diana Damrau (German pronunciation: [diːˈana ˈdamʁaʊ]; born 31 May 1971 in Günzburg) is a German operatic soprano. She is particularly associated to works of Mozart, Strauss and the Italian bel...  more

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    #84 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#102 of 153 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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    AlbumsGreat Opera Moments II, Great Tenor Arias, Una furtiva lagrima: Donizetti & Bellini Arias (Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi feat. conductor: Riccardo Frizza, tenor: Juan Diego Flórez), Arias for Rubini

    Juan Diego Flórez (born January 13, 1973) is a Peruvian operatic tenor, particularly known for his roles in bel canto operas. On June 4, 2007, he received his country's highest decoration, the Knight...  more
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    Joyce Didonato

    United States of America

    AlbumsColbran, the Muse, Drama Queens, Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato

    Joyce DiDonato (née Flaherty; born February 13, 1969) is an American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano notable for her interpretations of the works of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini. She has...  more

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    #43 of 124 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time#15 of 103 The Best Musical Artists From Kansas

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    Erwin Schrott (born 21 December 1972 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an operatic bass-baritone, particularly known for his interpretation of the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni....  more
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    Genres (Music)Opera, Musical

    AlbumsChristmas in Vienna, Christmas in Vienna III, Christmas in Vienna II, The Best of Christmas in Vienna, Christmas in Vienna VI

    José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility,...  more

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    Ramón Vargas (born 11 September 1960) is a Mexican operatic tenor. Since his debut in the early '90s, he has developed to become one of the most acclaimed tenors of the 21st century. Known for his...  more
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    Rolando Villazón

    France, Mexico

    Genres (Music)Opera

    AlbumsDuets, Gitano, Opera Recital (Münchner Rundfunkorchester feat. conductor: Michel Plasson, tenor: Rolando Villazón), Tenor

    Rolando Villazón Mauleón (born February 22, 1972) is a French/Mexican tenor. He now lives in France, and in 2007 he became a French citizen.Villazón has published several books, including the novels...  more
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    James Peppler Morris (born 10 January 1947) is a leading American bass-baritone opera singer. He is known for his interpretation of the role of Wotan in Richard Wagner's operatic cycle, Der Ring des...  more
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    AlbumsMassenet: Don Quichotte

    Ferruccio Furlanetto (born 16 May 1949 in Sacile, Italy) is an Italian bass. His professional debut was in 1974 in Lonigo, he debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1979, in a production of...  more
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    Genres (Music)Opera

    Mariusz Kwiecień (Polish: [ˈmar-juʂ ˈkvjɛ-tɕɛɲ], born 4 November 1972) is a Polish operatic baritone who has sung leading roles in the major opera houses of Europe and North America. He has received...  more
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    René Pape

    Germany

    AlbumsDie Walküre, Live in Berlin: Symphony no. 9 “Choral”

    René Pape (born 4 September 1964) is a German operatic bass....  more
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    Sonya Yoncheva

    Bulgarian

    Genres (Music)Opera

    AlbumsTHE VERDI ALBUM, Handel, Paris, mon Amour

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    Genres (Music)Classical music

    AlbumsSanctus: Sacred Songs, Bel Canto, Roberto Alagna chante Luis Mariano, Sicilien, Serenades

    Roberto Alagna (French pronunciation: ​[ʁɔ.bɛʁ.to a.la.ɲa]; Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto aˈlaɲɲa]; born 7 June 1963) is a French tenor. He was born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France...  more
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    Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко; born 18 September 1971) is a Russian operatic soprano. She holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenships and resides in Vienna, Austria, and in...  more
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    Anita Rachvelishvili

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