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List of famous female opera singers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female opera singers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being opera singers. Here are also famous male opera singers and popular operatic pop artists and bands. There are thousand of females working as opera singers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic opera singers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a opera singer then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list below has everything from Joan Sutherland to Renée Fleming.

While this isn't a list of all female opera singers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female opera singers?" and "Who are the best female opera singers?"

Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a La Fenice audience in 1960 after a performance of the title role in Handel's Alcina. She possessed a voice of beauty and power, combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "supremely" pinpoint staccatos, a splendid trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 84 (1926-2010)

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Also Ranked

#6 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#3 on The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice. She has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian, aside from her native English. She also speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian. Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, the title role in Massenet's Manon, the title role in Massenet's Thaïs, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Also Ranked

#13 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#17 on The Greatest Sopranos of All Time

#8 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical music. She is known for having the versatility to sing soprano and mezzo roles. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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#28 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

#6 on The Greatest Living Opera Singers

#13 on The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time

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Jeanne Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Opera Singers
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Ruby "Jeanne" Gordon was a Canadian opera singer active during the early 1900s. Gordon was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada in 1884 and died in Macon, Missouri on 22 February 1952. Ruby got her big break in July 1919. She was called to New York and offered a three year Metropolitan Opera contract by Giulio Gatti-Casazza. Shortly after signing her contract she changed her name to "Jeanne" Gordon. Her debut performance was as Azucena in Il trovatore. In 1919, she created the roles of the Fairy and Mme Berlingot in L'oiseau bleu by Albert Wolff in its world premiere. She made guest appearances with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 1928. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 68 (1884-1952)

Birthplace: Wallaceburg, Canada

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