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
1,610 2,525
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
2
1,488 1,645
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
3
1,063 1,142
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
1,975 1,431
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
1,063 1,900
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)
6
872 702
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
7
1,215 1,826
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
8
576 955
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
9
936 1,189
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
10
879 1,645
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
11
745 924
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
12
1,036 873
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
13
755 836
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
14
708 960
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
15
728 846
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
16
755 762
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming
17
950 729
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)
18
375 804
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
19
752 895
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
20
605 731
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
21
793 950
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
22
591 764
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
23
434 532
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
24
472 720
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
25
509 703
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85