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
1,283 832
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

2
1,397 1,288
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
1,134 734
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

4
609 480
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

5
859 933
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

6
304 122
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

7
418 336
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85

8
756 622
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

9
594 467
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

10
684 403
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

11
454 352
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

12
1,012 1,118
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

13
837 533
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

14
281 178
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

15
367 266
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

16
568 573
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

17
549 454
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1930-1966)

18
422 256
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

19
375 323
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73

20
428 392
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

21
481 401
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

22
219 82
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

23
267 221
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 84

24
664 582
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

25
585 496
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)