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
504 120
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
926 698
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
585 497
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

4
680 436
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

5
257 116
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

6
677 646
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

7
463 232
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

8
510 318
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

9
544 581
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
569 355
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

11
493 409
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

12
338 279
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

13
360 318
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

14
424 406
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

15
393 363
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

16
333 281
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

17
394 381
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

18
253 222
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

19
303 253
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

20
310 328
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

21
97 41
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

22
175 152
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

23
317 233
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

24
176 129
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

25
259 279
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

26
256 155
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

27
237 191
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 84

28
136 73
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)

29
251 232
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

30
325 281
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

31
242 336
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

32
242 197
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

33
222 185
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

34
117 61
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

35
241 207
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

36
102 68
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

37
140 87
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

38
220 219
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

39
182 177
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

40
233 186
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

41
116 91
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

42
158 114
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

43
110 54
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

44
102 120
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added age 46

45
101 60
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

46
67 29
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

47
123 114
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1890-1973)

48
80 37
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Dec. at 54 (1939-1993)

49
99 56
Jon Vickers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added age 91

50
84 42
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)