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
184 16
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
2
3,276 2,617
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
3
1,386 2,191
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
4
1,984 1,616
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
5
2,019 2,955
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
6
1,015 1,633
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85
7
859 1,244
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85
8
1,926 4,383
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)
9
1,036 1,380
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)
10
831 1,159
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
11
1,170 1,952
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
12
1,320 1,145
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)
13
1,043 1,586
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)
14
1,104 1,282
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
15
893 1,232
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)
16
974 1,411
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
17
1,343 1,413
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
18
650 982
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
19
726 1,278
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 73
20
752 1,130
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)
21
686 1,137
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
22
1,221 1,537
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
23
959 1,306
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
24
512 1,354
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74
25
714 1,215
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)