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
1,688 472
Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
2
1,137 586
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
3
1,570 878
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia
4
793 1,006
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
5
850 495
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
6
720 416
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America
7
922 540
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
8
860 526
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
9
647 476
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
10
593 437
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
11
526 426
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America
12
549 418
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
13
1,001 1,125
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
14
501 411
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
15
657 436
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
16
401 306
Lotte Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Germany
17
436 584
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles
18
495 430
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
19
456 418
Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Slovak Republic
20
380 352
Margaret Price is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
21
443 337
Gundula Janowitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
22
285 311
Lily Pons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
BenWu added France, United States of America
23
473 573
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America
24
486 430
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added Turkey
25
393 406
Joyce DiDonato is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added United States of America