bands/musicians 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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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Maria Callas Opera

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391 289
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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392 294
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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363 268
Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Amira Willighagen

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365 287
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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390 283
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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331 231
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

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390 262
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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359 259
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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341 243
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Lucia Popp Opera, Classical music

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387 262
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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369 250
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

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324 238
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Elisabeth Swarzkopf Opera, Lieder

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360 246
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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342 236
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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313 231
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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291 219
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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308 233
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Diana Damrau

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328 232
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

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300 229
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

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340 244
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Renee Fleming Opera, Jazz

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289 223
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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274 227
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Beverly Sills

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273 222
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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257 210
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Leyla Gencer

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239 218
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Natalie Dessay Opera, Classical music, Jazz

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257 222
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Joyce DiDonato

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242 207
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Margaret Price Classical music

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262 214
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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239 212
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Anne Sofie von Otter

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229 207
Régine Crespin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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265 224
Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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219 207
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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197 200
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Vitalie Stepanov added Maria Cebotari

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200 204
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added Roberta Peters

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191 198
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Nellie Melba Opera

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213 205
Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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207 200
Patricia Petibon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Patricia Petibon

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194 197
Elly Ameling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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178 195
Magda Olivero is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Magda Olivero

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147 192
Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Cristina Deutekom

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161 185
Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Lisa Della Casa

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164 192
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added Lily Pons

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164 191
Ranker Video
OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

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173 190
Lois Marshall is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Lois Marshall

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177 202
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Sondra Radvanovsky

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136 192
Arleen Auger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Chris Halkides added Arleen Auger

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129 186
Ruth Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Ruth Ann Swenson

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145 194
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dawn Upshaw Opera

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121 175
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