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
844 278
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
1,110 837
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
1,032 527
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

4
669 574
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

5
801 735
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

6
582 366
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

7
358 208
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
525 268
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

9
627 690
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
258 117
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

11
649 402
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

12
571 457
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

13
182 74
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

14
303 209
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

15
428 317
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

16
323 307
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

17
390 290
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

18
386 294
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

19
303 250
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

20
433 392
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

21
444 395
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

22
451 421
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

23
345 353
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

24
468 441
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

25
288 252
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

26
191 105
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

27
206 175
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

28
288 226
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85

29
408 389
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

30
153 77
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

31
294 174
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

32
276 220
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

33
357 311
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

34
197 152
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

35
145 62
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

36
258 372
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

37
98 39
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

38
205 199
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

39
86 48
José van Dam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 77

40
273 209
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

41
111 40
Bidú Sayão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 97 (1902-1999)

42
130 101
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

43
143 114
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

44
255 236
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

45
147 94
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

46
93 44
Jo Su-mi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added age 55

47
112 50
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

48
196 146
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

49
131 66
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

50
242 266
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time