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
1,729 3,294
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
2
1,640 2,108
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
3
1,175 1,559
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
1,286 1,124
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
2,536 1,841
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
6
1,027 1,468
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
7
1,209 2,434
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)
8
673 1,280
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
9
1,346 2,352
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
10
841 1,219
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
11
990 2,137
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
12
842 1,164
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
13
971 1,213
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
14
909 995
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming
15
1,170 1,103
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
16
1,119 918
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 65 (1873-1938)
17
437 1,043
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
18
804 1,081
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
19
549 975
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
20
867 1,173
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
21
586 959
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85
22
505 758
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
23
677 993
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)
24
869 1,167
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
25
680 944
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)