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
726 491
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

2
304 67
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

3
1,059 803
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia

4
600 798
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

5
551 419
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

6
442 354
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America

7
611 476
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

8
577 474
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

9
429 381
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

10
478 410
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
New Zealand

11
1,092 822
Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Erwin Wittocx added Laura Bretan

12
437 385
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

13
370 359
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America

14
425 386
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

15
765 937
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

16
383 362
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

17
349 338
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

18
347 333
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
465 558
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Austria, Russia

20
253 277
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

21
459 379
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

22
478 539
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

23
356 384
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

24
366 359
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

25
382 331
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added