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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465 276
Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Erwin Wittocx added Laura Bretan

2
624 526
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

3
586 486
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia

4
474 480
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
454 396
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

6
450 392
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

7
428 397
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

8
389 335
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

9
383 332
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

10
367 332
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

11
356 300
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Turkey

12
410 357
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

13
408 356
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

14
376 348
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

15
421 426
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

16
452 432
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

17
334 304
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America

18
347 324
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
341 323
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

20
370 333
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

21
317 302
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

22
310 300
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

23
331 346
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

24
276 274
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United States of America

25
306 330
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America

26
295 313
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Slovak Republic

27
280 289
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

28
261 306
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added France

29
250 274
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

30
405 529
Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Netherlands

31
269 303
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added United States of America

32
240 270
Régine Crespin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

33
273 296
Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Finland

34
248 283
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sweden

35
210 260
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

36
216 267
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added United States of America

37
226 267
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America, Germany

38
223 262
Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
England

39
202 255
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Vitalie Stepanov added Austria, Moldova, Russian Empire

40
213 259
Patricia Petibon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added

41
204 249
Elly Ameling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Netherlands

42
185 246
Magda Olivero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Italy

43
176 241
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added France, United States of America

44
165 226
Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Switzerland

45
169 233
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OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

46
151 234
Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Netherlands

47
173 238
Lois Marshall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Canada

48
182 257
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Canada

49
152 229
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

50
134 220
Ruth Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America