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
1,571 2,167
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
2
1,466 1,414
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
3
943 924
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
1,727 1,253
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
1,015 1,590
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)
6
552 723
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
7
720 499
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
8
844 1,338
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
9
1,153 1,556
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
10
718 762
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
11
884 1,019
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
12
662 646
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
13
886 612
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)
14
654 825
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
15
686 643
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming
16
578 591
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
17
990 736
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
18
699 704
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
19
552 618
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
20
680 776
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
21
758 822
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
22
515 628
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)
23
472 569
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85
24
409 388
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
25
354 667
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74