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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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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
409 235
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
471 379
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
482 162
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

5
374 208
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

6
413 236
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

7
390 306
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
174 92
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

9
338 212
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

10
334 191
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

11
309 173
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

12
300 142
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

13
176 166
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 74

14
225 156
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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15
237 167
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

16
139 91
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

17
165 107
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

18
280 248
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

19
86 37
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

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83 35
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 83

21
204 130
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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114 60
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 84

23
156 91
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

24
207 135
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

25
97 49
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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118 50
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

27
142 86
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 72

28
176 116
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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60 21
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

30
177 120
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

31
51 30
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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52 19
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 83

33
89 38
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

34
176 103
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

35
155 111
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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53 36
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

37
171 101
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

38
174 107
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

39
163 122
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 46

40
44 14
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 82

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59 16
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Beverly Sills Died at 78 (1929-2007)

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58 17
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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47 33
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 46

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111 62
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 52

45
63 22
Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Ezio Pinza Died at 65 (1892-1957)

46
53 15
Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Robert Merrill Died at 87 (1917-2004)

47
79 50
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 45

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44 18
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Richard Tucker Died at 62 (1913-1975)

49
101 76
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

50
61 40
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nellie Melba