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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
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia
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Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America
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Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Germany
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Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America
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Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Slovak Republic
15
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
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Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles
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Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
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Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
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Cheryl Studer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added United States of America
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Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Switzerland
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Eva Maria Westbroek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
K91385 added Eva Maria Westbroek
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Aprile Millo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Italy, United States of America
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Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added France, United States of America