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
775 185
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
1,026 785
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
638 557
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
850 498
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

5
329 174
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

6
555 354
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

7
741 714
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

8
518 257
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

9
589 657
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
615 395
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

11
535 449
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

12
358 269
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

13
394 345
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

14
379 312
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

15
431 390
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

16
193 111
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

17
260 203
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

18
135 65
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

19
404 381
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

20
450 435
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

21
281 247
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

22
196 170
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

23
280 300
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

24
341 288
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

25
423 412
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

26
145 74
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

27
325 347
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

28
271 248
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

29
280 171
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

30
124 83
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

31
258 214
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

32
188 147
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

33
255 219
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

34
135 59
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

35
250 365
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

36
337 306
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

37
83 45
José van Dam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 77

38
90 35
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

39
159 100
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

40
193 192
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

41
247 230
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

42
106 47
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

43
230 251
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

44
245 204
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

45
183 138
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

46
107 52
Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

47
119 62
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

48
119 66
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 91

49
126 111
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

50
124 86
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time