Culture The Greatest Sopranos of All Time  

Buster McDermott
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When a soprano sings, it is so elegant, yet powerful, that it’s hard to imagine anything sounding more incredible. Soprano is the highest of the four standard singing voices. It is a rare ability to not only have the talent to become an opera singer, but to also have such a high singing range. Sopranos are highly sought after and are some of the most famous female singers in history – and true divas in the world of opera.

Who are the best sopranos of all time? The greatest sopranos of all time are featured on this list, and all had such unique voices that they have helped shape opera as we know it.

This list has been ranked by the community and includes the best sopranos of all time such as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Victoria De Los Angeles, Leontyne Price, Birgit Nilsson, Montserrat Caballé, Lucia Popp, and Margaret Price.

Vote up the best sopranos of all time below, or add the opera singing soprano you think is the greatest if she isn't already on the list.
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1
1,027 795
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia

2
252 46
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

3
677 488
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

4
595 782
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
533 416
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

6
424 352
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America

7
591 475
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

8
428 378
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

9
559 474
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

10
1,091 791
Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Erwin Wittocx added Laura Bretan

11
474 409
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
New Zealand

12
434 382
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

13
367 356
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America

14
756 933
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

15
418 386
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

16
378 361
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

17
347 335
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

18
345 331
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
463 555
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Austria, Russia

20
252 275
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

21
456 378
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

22
477 536
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

23
354 382
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

24
364 356
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

25
380 328
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added