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
812 206
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
2
911 538
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
3
1,246 830
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia
4
668 444
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
5
657 906
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
6
549 374
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America
7
729 497
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
8
679 492
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
9
434 405
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles
10
489 428
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
11
433 402
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
12
444 408
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
13
375 377
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America
14
398 376
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
15
367 351
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
16
368 346
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
17
282 290
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added
18
494 391
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
19
793 1,085
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
20
483 594
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
21
362 401
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany
22
484 567
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
23
419 377
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo
24
369 376
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
25
386 352
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added