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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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Plácido Domingo Opera, Musical

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111 40
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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131 55
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Cecilia Bartoli Opera, Traditional music, Folk music

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83 29
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

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86 32
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Bryn Terfel Opera

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135 64
Ranker Video
Renée Fleming Opera, Jazz

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114 53
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

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91 38
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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78 30
Ranker Video

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118 60
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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109 55
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added Maria Callas Opera

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76 34
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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73 33
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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61 26
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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64 30
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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94 59
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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62 35
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added José Carreras Opera

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23 4
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added Samuel Ramey

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47 26
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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25 8
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Sondra Radvanovsky

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12 1
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added Leontyne Price

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40 21
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added Natalie Dessay Opera, Classical music, Jazz

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56 35
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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36 20
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Opera

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38 22
Ferruccio Furlanetto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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54 36
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Roberto Alagna Classical music

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16 3
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Nicolai Gedda

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42 26
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Dawn Upshaw Opera

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34 19
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

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39 24
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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15 3
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Berganza

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15 3
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Renata Scotto

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39 25
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lawrence Brownlee

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32 19
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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32 20
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe

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35 23
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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36 24
Ranker Video

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37 25
James Morris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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13 3
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Edita Gruberová

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29 18
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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30 21
Ranker Video

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12 4
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

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33 24
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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13 5
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Teresa Stratas

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28 20
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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29 21
Yulia Van Doren is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Yulia Van Doren

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32 24
John Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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9 2
Thomas Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Thomas Allen

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10 3
Ranker Video
gnicholls added Ben Heppner

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8 2
Robert Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Robert Lloyd