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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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721 417
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Luciano Pavarotti Died at 72 (1935-2007)

2
464 261
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Enrico Caruso Died at 48 (1873-1921)

3
557 396
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Callas Died at 54 (1923-1977)

4
450 332
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

5
223 112
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

6
425 228
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

7
468 260
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

8
500 186
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

9
272 133
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
203 103
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 72

11
203 204
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 74

12
119 31
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

13
117 49
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 83

14
378 206
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

The Best Singers of All Time

15
153 77
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 84

16
262 190
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

17
365 236
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

18
329 202
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

19
265 165
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

20
181 102
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

21
276 142
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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158 63
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

23
247 136
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

24
322 154
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

25
191 119
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

26
190 127
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

27
79 50
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 46

28
85 40
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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75 30
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 83

30
148 72
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 52

31
90 29
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

32
66 24
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 82

33
213 122
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

34
71 28
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Richard Tucker Died at 62 (1913-1975)

35
198 112
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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36
108 48
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

37
120 58
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

38
292 277
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

39
198 151
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 46

40
202 127
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

41
69 21
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Gobbi Died at 71 (1913-1984)

42
115 44
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

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203 134
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

44
69 22
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Samuel Ramey age 76

45
58 32
Hans Hotter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ifapple added Hans Hotter Died at 94 (1909-2003)

46
92 29
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Beverly Sills Died at 78 (1929-2007)

47
198 111
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

48
109 65
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 45

49
70 18
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Scotto age 84

50
75 23
Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Robert Merrill Died at 87 (1917-2004)