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
1,277 753
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

2
1,374 1,205
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
1,082 666
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

4
841 865
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

5
578 433
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

6
402 305
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85

7
250 86
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
734 596
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

9
579 448
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
445 334
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
275 160
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

12
662 395
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

13
363 245
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

14
823 523
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

15
1,000 1,102
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

16
563 561
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

17
260 203
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 84

18
355 228
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

19
412 245
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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20
536 440
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1930-1966)

21
658 564
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

22
368 314
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73

23
378 290
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

24
288 181
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

25
469 394
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)