Bands/Musicians 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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Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Erwin Wittocx added Laura Bretan

2
900 636
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Australia

3
696 685
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

4
457 421
Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

5
521 595
Montserrat Caballé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

6
498 436
Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

7
419 357
Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

8
388 343
Victoria De Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Victoria De Los Angeles

9
498 439
Birgit Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

10
396 358
Lucia Popp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

11
375 309
Leyla Gencer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Vlad von Severus added

12
415 353
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

13
426 367
Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

14
451 456
Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Austria, Russia

15
432 377
Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

16
343 308
Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Garvin added United States of America

17
357 326
Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

18
358 330
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

19
467 455
Angela Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

20
382 347
Sumi Jo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Bernd Tim-Keus added Sumi Jo

21
319 295
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United States of America

22
325 321
Rosa Ponselle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
United States of America

23
317 315
Renata Scotto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

24
345 362
Diana Damrau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Ian Scott added Germany

25
317 335
Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sopranos of All Time
Dan Krohn added United States of America