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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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709 404
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
452 258
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
534 394
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
440 324
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

5
215 108
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
499 183
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

7
262 124
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
413 223
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

9
460 256
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

10
196 98
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 72

11
199 197
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
327 197
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

13
361 232
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

14
146 73
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 84

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113 48
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 83

16
367 203
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

17
111 30
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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254 186
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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261 164
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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155 62
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

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172 99
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

The Greatest Dancing Singers

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263 141
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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320 152
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

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239 135
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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73 28
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 83

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76 48
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 46

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186 126
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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184 118
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

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208 118
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

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143 70
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 52

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86 27
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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80 39
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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63 23
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 82

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118 55
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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66 26
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Richard Tucker Died at 62 (1913-1975)

The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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192 110
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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102 46
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

38
288 274
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

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68 20
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Samuel Ramey age 76

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188 148
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 46

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195 126
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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198 133
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

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57 31
Hans Hotter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ifapple added Hans Hotter Died at 94 (1909-2003)

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107 43
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

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62 20
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Gobbi Died at 71 (1913-1984)

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193 109
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

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85 27
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Beverly Sills Died at 78 (1929-2007)

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71 21
Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Robert Merrill Died at 87 (1917-2004)

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60 45
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

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69 22
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Jon Vickers age 91