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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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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
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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)
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
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Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)
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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)
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Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
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Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
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Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
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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)
15
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
16
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
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Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)
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Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)
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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
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Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
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Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
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Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 84