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

2
707 533
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia

3
639 580
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

4
483 523
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
388 338
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

6
459 411
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

7
416 364
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

8
463 418
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

9
410 359
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

10
458 440
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

11
432 410
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

12
369 336
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

13
377 351
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

14
396 345
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

15
428 437
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

16
356 302
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Turkey

17
335 304
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America

18
346 323
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

19
347 327
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

20
375 335
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

21
318 303
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

22
293 277
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United States of America

23
311 310
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

24
333 353
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

25
309 331
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America

26
296 315
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Slovak Republic

27
281 289
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

28
264 308
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added France

29
271 303
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added United States of America

30
250 274
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

31
240 270
Régine Crespin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

32
408 547
Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Netherlands

33
274 296
Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Finland

34
249 283
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sweden

35
217 267
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added United States of America

36
210 260
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

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
203 255
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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
177 241
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added France, United States of America

44
171 233
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OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

45
165 226
Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Switzerland

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
28 4
Bidu Sayao is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
wilcope added Bidu Sayao

50
152 229
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America