Opera 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
1,276 726
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

2
1,352 1,173
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
1,074 622
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

4
401 281
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85

5
822 834
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

6
578 408
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

7
224 62
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
991 1,084
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

9
721 572
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

10
639 385
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

11
804 517
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

12
362 224
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

13
655 546
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

14
264 148
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

15
561 442
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
432 326
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

17
402 235
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

18
521 436
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1930-1966)

19
510 423
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

20
258 189
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 84

21
560 546
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

22
720 883
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

23
276 178
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

24
354 214
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

25
458 437
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time