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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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546 349
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Maria Callas Opera

2
418 317
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

3
425 322
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

4
420 275
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
394 276
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

6
361 257
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Lucia Popp Opera, Classical music

7
410 275
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

8
387 254
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

9
388 258
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

10
344 241
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

11
362 240
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

12
411 312
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

13
385 317
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

14
338 246
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Elisabeth Swarzkopf Opera, Lieder

The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History

15
305 221
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

16
316 231
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

17
361 255
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Renee Fleming Opera, Jazz

18
324 245
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
394 338
Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Amira Willighagen

20
345 246
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

21
319 246
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Diana Damrau

The Best Sandal Brands of All Time

22
298 229
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

23
296 231
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Beverly Sills

24
282 229
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

25
266 215
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Leyla Gencer

26
251 229
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

27
277 218
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

28
247 212
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Margaret Price Classical music

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 29

29
262 236
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Joyce DiDonato

30
244 221
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

31
271 231
Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

32
233 215
Régine Crespin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

33
212 208
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added Roberta Peters

34
223 213
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

35
199 205
Ranker Video
Vitalie Stepanov added Maria Cebotari

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
196 202
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Nellie Melba Opera

37
218 211
Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

38
210 207
Patricia Petibon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Patricia Petibon

39
200 204
Elly Ameling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

40
169 183
Ranker Video
Jackie Evancho Crossover

41
179 204
Magda Olivero is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Magda Olivero

42
164 189
Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Lisa Della Casa

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30

43
148 197
Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Cristina Deutekom

44
168 201
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added Lily Pons

45
164 199
Ranker Video
OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

46
173 204
Lois Marshall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Lois Marshall

47
178 222
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Sondra Radvanovsky

48
138 197
Arleen Auger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Chris Halkides added Arleen Auger

49
131 192
Ruth Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Ruth Ann Swenson

50
148 199
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dawn Upshaw Opera