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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1,206 916
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

2
954 349
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

3
733 608
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
1,076 605
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

5
858 795
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

6
604 419
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

7
566 287
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

8
403 258
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

9
720 414
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

10
629 471
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

11
653 735
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

12
351 260
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

13
490 404
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

14
461 352
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

15
353 342
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

16
196 88
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

17
513 453
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

18
245 191
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

19
441 337
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

20
343 181
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

21
321 231
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

22
284 170
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

23
487 450
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

24
236 162
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

25
363 368
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time