Opera The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules Vote up the top famous opera singers in history, of any voice type.

Opera isn’t a genre with which the average person is very familiar. In modern entertainment, opera and theatrical drama has drawn smaller audiences than it once did years ago. However, opera can be a beautiful experience, there’s nothing quite the raw power of the skilled human voice filling an entire room, communicating drama and romance. It takes an incredibly well-trained voice to sing opera, but the musicians on this list have mastered the craft.

Who are the best opera singers of all time? The opera singers on this list are history’s all time best performers. They come from a variety of backgrounds and time periods, but the effect they had on the world of music and opera is incredible. An opera singer is a finely-tuned, highly skilled musician who has a unique, powerful voice, and can deliver a breathtaking live performance.

This list features the best opera singers in the world's history, ranked by the community. Some of the great opera singers on this list include Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Maria Callas, Plácido Domingo, and Mario Lanza. Vote up the best opera singers in history below, or add a talented opera singer who isn't already on the list.
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1
1,279 770
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

2
1,387 1,224
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
851 883
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
1,087 692
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

5
578 447
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

6
402 317
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85

7
265 101
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
744 600
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

9
588 453
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

10
674 396
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

11
451 343
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

12
278 170
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

13
1,004 1,107
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

14
832 526
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

15
364 257
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

16
564 564
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

17
545 444
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1930-1966)

18
374 317
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73

19
418 250
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

20
263 214
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 84

21
659 573
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

22
358 239
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

23
214 78
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

24
381 298
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

25
293 186
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)