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
842 276
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

2
1,108 835
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

3
1,033 526
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

4
668 573
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

5
800 734
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

6
582 365
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

7
358 207
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

8
525 267
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

9
626 689
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

10
649 401
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

11
254 117
Nicolaï Ghiaurov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

12
567 456
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

13
179 73
Alfredo Kraus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Genevieve77 added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

14
303 208
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Kirsten Flagstad

15
425 316
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Fritz Wunderlich

16
323 306
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

17
390 289
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

18
386 293
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

19
302 249
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

20
433 391
Jonas Kaufmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

21
444 394
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

22
451 420
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

23
345 352
José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

24
288 251
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 72

25
191 104
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

26
466 440
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

27
206 174
Mirella Freni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 83

28
288 225
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Died at 85

29
153 76
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

30
408 388
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 46

31
294 173
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

32
276 219
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

33
357 310
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

34
197 151
Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1897-1993)

35
145 61
Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

36
258 371
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
SvanbjörgSverrisdóttir added age 74

37
98 38
Teresa Stratas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

38
205 198
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

39
86 47
José van Dam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 77

40
273 208
Nicolai Gedda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Nicolai Gedda

41
110 39
Bidú Sayão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
joão-vitor added Dec. at 97 (1902-1999)

42
130 100
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

43
143 113
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 83

44
255 235
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

45
147 93
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

46
93 43
Jo Su-mi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added age 55

47
112 49
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976)

48
196 145
Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added age 45

49
131 65
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 84

50
242 265
Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time