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
1,736 3,378
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
2
1,664 2,186
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
3
1,176 1,598
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
1,331 1,172
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
2,599 1,887
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
6
1,038 1,520
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
7
1,221 2,500
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)
8
684 1,316
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
9
1,367 2,395
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
10
858 1,243
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
11
1,009 2,178
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
12
998 1,236
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
13
851 1,184
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
929 1,013
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming
15
1,183 1,124
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
16
1,132 934
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 65 (1873-1938)
17
444 1,067
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
18
812 1,101
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
19
556 999
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
20
885 1,198
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
21
600 983
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85
22
513 780
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
23
687 1,015
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)
24
877 1,187
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
25
688 964
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)