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
3,296 2,712
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
2
210 22
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
3
1,418 2,203
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
2,041 1,629
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
2,048 2,971
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
6
1,036 1,652
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
7
890 1,255
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85
8
1,953 4,413
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
9
1,042 1,390
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
10
834 1,168
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
11
1,171 1,960
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
12
1,046 1,595
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
13
1,113 1,285
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
14
1,326 1,150
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)
15
893 1,240
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)
16
975 1,419
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
17
651 989
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
18
1,347 1,421
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
19
728 1,288
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
20
756 1,137
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)
21
686 1,145
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
22
1,231 1,540
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
23
512 1,362
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
24
961 1,314
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
25
1,511 2,841
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)