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
676 181
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
2
895 526
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
3
1,219 819
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia
4
650 886
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
5
652 435
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
6
534 369
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America
7
714 491
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
8
665 484
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
9
433 397
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles
10
484 420
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
11
440 397
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
12
429 397
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
13
372 371
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America
14
395 371
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
15
367 346
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
16
367 341
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
17
278 283
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added
18
493 388
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
19
785 1,075
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
20
473 591
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
21
361 397
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany
22
481 564
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
23
1,095 1,061
Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Erwin Wittocx added Laura Bretan
24
368 372
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
25
409 373
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo