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
786 203
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
1,055 798
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
648 563
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
874 505
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

5
565 358
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

6
335 188
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

7
753 723
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

8
519 262
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

9
600 668
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
626 398
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

11
543 453
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

12
211 112
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

13
369 280
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

14
274 204
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

15
146 68
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

16
390 313
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

17
399 359
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

18
357 289
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

19
435 392
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

20
292 301
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

21
412 386
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

22
455 436
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

23
285 248
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

24
430 415
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

25
148 74
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

26
276 248
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

27
331 349
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

28
198 172
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

29
286 171
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

30
267 220
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85

31
140 59
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

32
261 215
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

33
191 148
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

34
256 366
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

35
168 101
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)

36
343 306
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

37
84 45
José van Dam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 77

38
92 35
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

39
125 88
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

40
197 194
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

41
252 230
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

42
191 140
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

43
108 47
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

44
247 204
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

45
234 256
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

46
109 52
Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

47
122 63
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

48
131 88
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

49
128 111
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

50
100 48
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Dec. at 54 (1939-1993)