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The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated November 21, 2019 1.1M votes 31.1k voters 341.6k views 146 items

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
Age 92 from Laurel
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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) from Sydney
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Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938) from Kazan
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 73 from Augusta
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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984) from Bassano del Grappa
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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957) from Italy
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Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Montserrat Caballé... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Age 85 from Barcelona
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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008) from Motta Sant'Anastasia
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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) from Florence
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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959) from Philadelphia
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Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960) from Borlänge
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 85 from Bradford
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Jo Su-mi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Age 56 from Seoul
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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro
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Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 55 from Clichy-sous-Bois
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012) from Berlin
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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965) from Lecce
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Juan Diego Flórez... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Age 46 from Lima
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Victoria de los Angeles ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Rolando Villazón ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 47 from Mexico
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Nelson Eddy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
James K. Bryson added Dec. at 66 (1901-1967) from USA
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Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957) from Rome
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Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Dec. at 87 (1917-2004) from New York City