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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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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
2
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
3
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia
4
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
5
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
6
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
7
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America
8
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America, Germany
9
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Birgit Nilsson Sweden
10
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
New Zealand
11
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Slovak Republic
12
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles
13
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America
15
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Switzerland
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Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Netherlands
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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
21
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
24
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
25
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sweden