Culture 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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1
1,342 376
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
2
1,019 577
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
3
1,412 858
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia
4
764 486
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
5
646 408
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America
6
689 1,002
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
7
833 537
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
8
773 525
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
9
579 471
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
10
523 436
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
11
461 416
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America
12
484 413
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
13
920 1,106
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
14
452 388
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
15
588 416
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
16
436 519
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles
17
452 400
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
18
337 303
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America, Germany
19
458 517
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
20
500 715
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Austria, Russia
21
393 414
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Slovak Republic
22
333 334
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
23
372 466
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
24
292 400
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added
25
379 335
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time