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The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated November 21, 2019 1.7M votes 40.7k voters 372.8k views 153 items

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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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 92 from Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America
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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) from DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, Australia
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 73 from Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
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Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938) from Kazan, Russia
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 85 from Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984) from Bassano del Grappa, Italy
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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008) from Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957) from Recanati, Italy
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Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added Age 74 from Gisborne, New Zealand
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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Montserrat Caballé... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Age 85 from Barcelona, Spain
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Juan Diego Flórez... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Age 46 from Lima, Peru
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Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 60 from New York City, New York
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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
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Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1897-1981) from Meriden, Connecticut
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Victoria de los Angeles ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 84 from Modena, Italy
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Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Dec. at 54 (1939-1993) from Záhorská Ves, Austria
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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006) from Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 85 from Savona, Italy
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Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age Died at 65 (1892-1957) from Rome, Italy
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Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 80 from Toronto, Canada
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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro, Italy