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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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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

2
611 335
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Luciano Pavarotti Died at 72 (1935-2007)

3
371 217
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Enrico Caruso Died at 48 (1873-1921)

4
281 130
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

5
298 151
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

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380 219
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
340 193
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

8
320 192
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

9
295 182
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

10
211 139
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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138 84
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

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35 3
Giacomo Aragall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
LumarPG added Giacomo Aragall age 77

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147 91
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

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Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Lucia Popp Died at 54 (1939-1993)

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406 364
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Callas Died at 54 (1923-1977)

16
159 92
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

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157 91
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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63 26
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 80

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90 42
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

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176 118
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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78 39
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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159 105
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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44 12
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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122 76
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 71

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117 80
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

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214 153
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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345 294
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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62 29
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

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159 110
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

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264 223
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

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141 97
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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88 53
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 83

33
91 57
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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92 52
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 51

35
144 95
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

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68 33
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

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64 35
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 44

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107 74
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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37 17
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 44

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46 17
Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Ezio Pinza Died at 65 (1892-1957)

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169 133
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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49 21
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Schipa Died at 77 (1888-1965)

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139 107
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 45

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28 7
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 81

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36 20
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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44 28
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

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44 19
Cesare Siepi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Cesare Siepi Died at 87 (1923-2010)

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153 153
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 73

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29 11
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 82

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32 10
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time