Singers 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
869 280
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
1,111 857
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
1,027 540
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

4
670 584
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

5
808 740
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

6
584 370
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

7
365 212
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
525 273
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

9
630 699
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
259 121
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

11
653 405
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

12
574 460
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

13
183 77
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

14
305 212
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

15
430 320
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

16
398 292
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

17
326 309
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

18
386 297
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

19
439 396
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

20
304 252
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

21
457 424
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

22
444 398
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

23
196 107
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

24
469 443
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

25
345 356
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

26
288 254
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

27
290 228
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85

28
206 177
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

29
295 176
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

30
153 79
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

31
409 395
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

32
277 222
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

33
358 313
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

34
197 154
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

35
258 374
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

36
145 64
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

37
98 41
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

38
205 201
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

39
274 211
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

40
86 50
José van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 77

41
111 42
Bidú Sayão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 97 (1902-1999)

42
153 96
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

43
99 46
Jo Su-mi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added age 55

44
143 115
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

45
255 237
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

46
130 103
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

47
196 147
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

48
112 51
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

49
129 68
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 91

50
131 67
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84