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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559 352
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Maria Callas Opera

2
422 318
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

3
428 325
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

4
399 278
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
423 277
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

6
414 276
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

7
363 259
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Lucia Popp Opera, Classical music

8
393 319
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

9
390 257
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

10
418 314
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

11
392 261
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Jessye Norman Opera, Spiritual, Classical music

12
364 243
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

13
345 245
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

14
341 248
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Elisabeth Swarzkopf Opera, Lieder

The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History

15
307 223
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

16
319 233
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added Anna Moffo Show tune, Opera

17
367 257
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Renee Fleming Opera, Jazz

18
329 247
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
348 249
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

20
321 249
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Diana Damrau

21
299 231
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

The Best Häagen-Dazs Flavors

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396 357
Amira Willighagen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
valproic added Amira Willighagen

23
297 232
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Beverly Sills

24
284 231
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

25
266 217
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Leyla Gencer

26
252 231
Natalie Dessay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Natalie Dessay Opera, Classical music, Jazz

27
278 220
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

28
248 214
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Margaret Price Classical music

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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264 237
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Joyce DiDonato

30
246 222
Anne Sofie von Otter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Anne Sofie von Otter

31
272 233
Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

32
235 216
Régine Crespin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

33
213 209
Roberta Peters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BitzNera added Roberta Peters

34
224 215
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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200 208
Ranker Video
Vitalie Stepanov added Maria Cebotari

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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186 184
Ranker Video
Jackie Evancho Crossover

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197 210
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Nellie Melba Opera

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219 218
Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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210 214
Patricia Petibon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Patricia Petibon

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201 209
Elly Ameling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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179 205
Magda Olivero is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Magda Olivero

42
164 190
Lisa Della Casa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
AGKNS added Lisa Della Casa

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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148 198
Cristina Deutekom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Wildenant added Cristina Deutekom

44
169 202
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added Lily Pons

45
164 200
Ranker Video
OperaPassion added Lisette Oropesa

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173 205
Lois Marshall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Lois Marshall

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179 223
Sondra Radvanovsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
gnicholls added Sondra Radvanovsky

48
138 198
Arleen Auger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Chris Halkides added Arleen Auger

49
149 199
Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dawn Upshaw Opera

50
131 193
Ruth Ann Swenson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added Ruth Ann Swenson