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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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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Luciano Pavarotti Died at 72 (1935-2007)

2
445 254
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Enrico Caruso Died at 48 (1873-1921)

3
520 390
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Callas Died at 54 (1923-1977)

4
431 320
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

5
207 103
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

6
493 180
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

7
250 116
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
451 250
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

9
407 220
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

10
195 190
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 74

11
325 191
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

12
185 95
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 72

13
359 228
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

14
141 69
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 84

The Best Singers of All Time

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109 45
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 83

16
361 201
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

17
250 184
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

18
256 163
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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102 27
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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148 60
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

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162 97
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

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254 140
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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317 151
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

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233 135
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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72 46
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 46

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69 28
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 83

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180 118
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

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201 116
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

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138 69
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 52

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179 126
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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75 38
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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80 27
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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59 23
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 82

34
187 110
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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62 25
Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Richard Tucker Died at 62 (1913-1975)

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113 55
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

37
285 271
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

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98 46
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

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185 142
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 46

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191 126
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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63 20
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Samuel Ramey age 76

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192 132
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

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104 43
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

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52 31
Hans Hotter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ifapple added Hans Hotter Died at 94 (1909-2003)

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189 108
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

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57 20
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Gobbi Died at 71 (1913-1984)

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80 26
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Beverly Sills Died at 78 (1929-2007)

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98 61
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 45

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59 45
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

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67 21
Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Robert Merrill Died at 87 (1917-2004)