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
513 126
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
934 705
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
591 500
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
697 439
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

5
683 649
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

6
262 118
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

7
467 233
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

8
513 320
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

9
550 585
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
573 357
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

11
496 412
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

12
340 284
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

13
364 322
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

14
310 254
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

15
425 407
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

16
336 282
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

17
395 364
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

18
255 222
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

19
100 42
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

20
398 384
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

21
261 279
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

22
140 73
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)

23
311 330
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

24
319 234
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

25
176 153
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

26
255 232
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

27
177 130
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

28
239 191
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

29
257 155
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

30
244 337
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

31
327 283
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

32
224 185
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

33
243 198
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

34
146 87
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

35
119 62
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

36
241 208
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

37
222 221
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

38
102 69
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

39
183 178
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

40
234 187
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

41
161 114
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

42
117 92
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

43
111 54
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

44
103 61
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

45
102 121
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added age 46

46
67 30
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

47
124 114
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1890-1973)

48
101 57
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 91

49
80 38
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Dec. at 54 (1939-1993)

50
85 43
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)