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
779 190
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
1,035 787
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
641 557
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
844 499
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

5
331 175
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

6
557 355
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

7
742 716
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
593 659
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
618 395
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

11
536 449
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

12
360 270
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

13
394 348
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

14
197 111
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

15
381 312
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

16
263 203
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

17
137 65
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

18
431 390
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

19
406 381
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
282 300
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

22
426 412
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

23
281 247
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

24
343 288
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

25
196 170
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

26
146 74
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

27
273 248
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

28
326 347
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

29
282 171
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

30
259 214
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

31
124 83
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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
136 59
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

34
252 365
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

35
257 220
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

36
339 306
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
91 35
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

39
160 100
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

40
194 192
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

41
250 230
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
186 139
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

44
231 251
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

45
245 204
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

46
108 52
Janet Baker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

47
120 62
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

48
126 86
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

49
119 66
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 91

50
126 111
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83