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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)

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

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

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

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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)

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

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

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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

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Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 72

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Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 83

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Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 74

The Best Singers of All Time

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

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Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

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Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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

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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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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 84

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Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 25 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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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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Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 46

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Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 52

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

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Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

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Fiorenza Cossotto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Andy Saltman added Fiorenza Cossotto age 82

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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

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Richard Tucker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Stuart Naidich added Richard Tucker Died at 62 (1913-1975)

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Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

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Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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

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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Gobbi Died at 71 (1913-1984)

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

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Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Samuel Ramey age 76

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Hans Hotter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ifapple added Hans Hotter Died at 94 (1909-2003)

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Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

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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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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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Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Robert Merrill Died at 87 (1917-2004)

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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Scotto age 84