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
938 755
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia

2
591 450
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

3
561 704
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

4
1,066 627
Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Erwin Wittocx added Laura Bretan

5
490 393
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

6
89 8
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

7
727 867
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

8
387 331
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America

9
551 463
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

10
404 370
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

11
534 470
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

12
371 356
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

13
465 404
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
New Zealand

14
426 376
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

15
355 347
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America

16
414 381
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

17
364 348
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

18
436 377
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
343 333
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

20
344 327
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

21
457 548
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Austria, Russia

22
378 324
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

23
242 271
Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

24
330 317
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United States of America

25
470 526
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time