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

2
425 323
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

3
435 327
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

4
404 279
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
427 278
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

6
419 276
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

7
366 261
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Lucia Popp Opera, Classical music

8
394 320
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

9
391 258
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

10
419 315
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

11
394 263
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

12
366 243
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

13
346 245
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

14
341 248
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

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321 233
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

16
308 224
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

17
369 259
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Renee Fleming Opera, Jazz

18
330 248
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
349 250
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

20
321 250
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Diana Damrau

21
301 231
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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298 233
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Beverly Sills

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398 370
Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Amira Willighagen

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286 233
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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269 217
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Leyla Gencer

26
253 231
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
278 221
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

28
248 215
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Margaret Price Classical music

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265 238
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Joyce DiDonato

30
246 223
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
236 217
Régine Crespin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

32
272 238
Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

33
198 186
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Jackie Evancho Crossover

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214 215
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added Roberta Peters

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226 220
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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200 212
Ranker Video
Vitalie Stepanov added Maria Cebotari

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198 212
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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219 219
Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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211 214
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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201 211
Elly Ameling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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179 206
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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149 198
Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Cristina Deutekom

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164 191
Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Lisa Della Casa

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170 202
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added Lily Pons

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164 201
Ranker Video
OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

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173 206
Lois Marshall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Lois Marshall

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180 225
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Sondra Radvanovsky

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138 199
Arleen Auger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Chris Halkides added Arleen Auger

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132 194
Ruth Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Ruth Ann Swenson

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28 22
Gwyneth Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Pedro Perez added Gwyneth Jones