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The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated November 21, 2019 1M votes 29k voters 330.6k views 149 items

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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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 92 from Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America
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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) from Sydney, Australia
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 73 from Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
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Montserrat Caballé... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Age 85 from Barcelona, Spain
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Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938) from Kazan, Russia
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 85 from Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008) from Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982) from Florence, Italy
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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro, Italy
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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960) from Borlänge, Sweden
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Victoria de los Angeles ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006) from Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012) from Berlin, Germany
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Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014) from Polesine Parmense, Italy
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Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005) from Västra Karup, Sweden
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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from Manhattan, New York City, New York
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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007) from Modena, Italy
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Nelson Eddy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
James K. Bryson added Dec. at 66 (1901-1967) from Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
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Juan Diego Flórez... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Age 46 from Lima, Peru