Opera 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
1,283 1,001
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

2
1,157 651
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

3
1,021 461
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

4
776 692
Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1873-1921)

5
488 363
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

6
312 232
Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 85

7
918 938
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

8
403 276
Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

9
312 171
Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

10
689 486
Franco Corelli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

11
534 496
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959)

12
595 320
Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

13
773 439
Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)

14
627 472
Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960)

15
93 8
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

16
440 355
Elīna Garanča is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

17
233 102
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

18
190 125
Samuel Ramey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
age 76

19
357 254
Carlo Bergonzi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

20
374 197
Victoria de los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Victoria de los Angeles

21
220 166
Sherrill Milnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
ilikehistory added age 84

22
488 389
Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1930-1966)

23
482 380
Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Renee Fleming

24
685 827
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

25
526 417
Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)