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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436 327
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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

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411 283
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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425 280
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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

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Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Leyla Gencer

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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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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

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Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

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Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Elisabeth Swarzkopf Opera, Lieder

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

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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Renee Fleming Opera, Jazz

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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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

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

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

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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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Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Amira Willighagen

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Ranker Video
Jackie Evancho Crossover

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Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Natalie Dessay Opera, Classical music, Jazz

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Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Margaret Price Classical music

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Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Joyce DiDonato

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

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Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Anne Sofie von Otter

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Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added Roberta Peters

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Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Ranker Video
Vitalie Stepanov added Maria Cebotari

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Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Nellie Melba Opera

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Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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Patricia Petibon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Patricia Petibon

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Elly Ameling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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

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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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171 203
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added Lily Pons

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Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Cristina Deutekom

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Ranker Video
OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

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

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

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Gwyneth Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Pedro Perez added Gwyneth Jones

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Arleen Auger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Chris Halkides added Arleen Auger

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