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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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340 205
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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439 99
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Beniamino Gigli Died at 67 (1890-1957)

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266 114
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Feodor Chaliapin Died at 65 (1873-1938)

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286 125
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Mario del Monaco Died at 67 (1915-1982)

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319 174
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Franco Corelli Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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357 208
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Joan Sutherland Died at 84 (1926-2010)

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366 358
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Maria Callas Died at 54 (1923-1977)

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300 171
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Died at 87 (1925-2012)

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266 165
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jussi Björling Died at 49 (1911-1960)

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181 129
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

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250 213
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959)

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125 78
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 13 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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140 79
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Carlo Bergonzi Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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318 285
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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149 72
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

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111 75
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Birgit Nilsson Died at 87 (1918-2005)

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155 114
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renata Tebaldi Died at 82 (1922-2004)

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143 103
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Died at 91 (1915-2006)

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Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Mirella Freni age 80

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200 132
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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144 89
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

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Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Montserrat Caballé age 84

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Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolaï Ghiaurov Died at 75 (1929-2004)

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Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

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52 27
Lauritz Melchior is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Lauritz Melchior Died at 83 (1890-1973)

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147 152
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Kiri Te Kanawa age 71

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112 64
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Jessye Norman age 71

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79 52
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marilyn Horne age 81

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Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993)

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59 23
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Juan Diego Flórez age 42

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134 88
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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99 60
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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86 50
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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158 132
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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85 39
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Bryn Terfel age 51

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135 79
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

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41 25
John McCormack is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
John McCormack Died at 61 (1884-1945)

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31 15
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Diana Damrau age 44

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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Tito Schipa Died at 77 (1888-1965)

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40 14
Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Ezio Pinza Died at 65 (1892-1957)

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Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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16 11
Léopold Simoneau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gary-ljungquist added Léopold Simoneau Died at 98 (1908-2006)

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Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Anna Netrebko age 45

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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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Giovanni Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Poukah added Giovanni Martinelli Died at 84 (1885-1969)

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Ingvar Wixell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Ingvar Wixell Died at 80 (1931-2011)

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63 32
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Rosa Ponselle

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Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added Sherrill Milnes age 82

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49 32
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nellie Melba