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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557 133
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

2
402 198
Elina Garanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Elina Garanca

3
493 362
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

4
364 262
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United States of America

5
221 152
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
LoïseAttal added Canada

6
305 242
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
MichelleLeathermanGrandell added United States of America

7
357 294
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Austria, Russia

8
414 349
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

9
96 64
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Canada

10
101 70
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Lilytabby added Slovak Republic

11
135 104
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SvenSundquist added Sandor Konya

12
102 73
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added United States of America

13
166 135
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
lilithfeyr added Spain

14
245 212
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

15
180 150
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

16
125 98
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

17
193 164
Thomas Hampson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

18
87 63
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added

19
160 135
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

20
122 99
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

21
80 58
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Francisco Flores added United States of America

22
90 68
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Shrewby Spitzmaus added United States of America

23
85 64
Teresa Berganza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
gnicholls added Spain

24
89 68
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added France, Mexico

25
147 128
Erwin Schrott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

26
133 114
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Argentina

27
237 220
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

28
196 182
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29
147 133
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

30
60 45
Barbara Frittoli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added Italy

31
67 54
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

32
102 96
Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

33
87 81
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
AntonioYamauti added France

34
60 53
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35
92 89
René Pape is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Germany

36
64 59
Lawrence Brownlee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

37
72 68
Joseph Calleja is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

38
62 59
Simon Keenlyside is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United Kingdom

39
69 67
Vittorio Grigolo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Vittorio Grigolo Italy

40
57 54
Olga Borodina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Olga Borodina

41
54 51
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

42
46 44
Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
United States of America

43
46 44
Stephanie Blythe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Stephanie Blythe United States of America

44
48 47
Gerald Finley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Canada

45
47 46
Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers

46
24 22
Anja Harteros is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Tatyana Filimonova added Anja Harteros

47
16 13
Magdalena Kožená is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers
Алпан Балкыш added

48
21 20
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gnicholls added Canada

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

50
38 41
Sarah Connolly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Living Opera Singers