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
1,609 2,523
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
2
1,488 1,644
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
3
1,062 1,141
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
1,971 1,430
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
1,062 1,898
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)
6
871 701
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
7
1,214 1,824
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
8
576 954
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
9
936 1,188
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
10
878 1,643
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
11
744 923
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)
12
1,036 872
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
13
755 835
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
14
708 959
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
15
728 845
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
16
755 761
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming
17
950 728
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)
18
375 803
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
19
752 894
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
20
605 730
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
21
793 949
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
22
591 763
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
23
434 531
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
24
472 719
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
25
508 702
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85