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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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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

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2
569 321
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Luciano Pavarotti Died at 72 (1935-2007)

3
351 207
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Enrico Caruso Died at 48 (1873-1921)

4
290 133
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

5
274 116
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

6
366 208
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

7
323 180
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

8
306 176
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

9
275 168
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

10
154 77
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

11
193 130
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

12
134 81
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Giuseppe Di Stefano Died at 87 (1921-2008)

13
55 16
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 80

14
80 31
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

15
146 82
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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71 31
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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115 67
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 71

18
120 79
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

19
204 139
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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147 96
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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381 358
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Callas Died at 54 (1923-1977)

22
138 83
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

23
60 26
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 42

24
86 43
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 51

25
108 74
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

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101 62
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

27
135 91
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

28
151 105
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

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37 9
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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88 53
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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161 115
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

32
327 286
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

33
252 217
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

34
56 27
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

35
83 52
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 81

36
64 32
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

37
135 100
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 45

38
42 14
Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Ezio Pinza Died at 65 (1892-1957)

39
33 15
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 44

40
46 18
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Schipa Died at 77 (1888-1965)

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42 25
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

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34 18
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

43
162 132
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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39 16
Cesare Siepi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Cesare Siepi Died at 87 (1923-2010)

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25 7
Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 81

46
27 6
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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25 8
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 82

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149 152
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 71

49
50 32
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nellie Melba

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23 4
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Scotto age 83