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Famous Opera Singers from Germany

Updated October 13, 2018 40.7k views31 items

List of popular opera singers from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best German opera singers, along with bits of information such as what year they were born in and where they were born. If you're searching for a particular famous opera singer from Germany, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

Inge Borkh and Sári Barabás are included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from Germany?" and "Who are the greatest German opera singers?"

You can click on the names of these historic opera singers of Germany in order to get more information about each one. If you're an opera lover or just love music in general, then use this list of renowned German opera singers to find some operas or musicals that you might really enjoy.
  • Christel Goltz1

    Christel Goltz

    Dortmund, Germany

    AgeDec. at 96 (1912-2008)

    NationalityAustria, Germany


    RoleDie Farberin, Leonora, Salome, Agatha, Electra

    Christel Goltz (8 July 1912 – 14 November 2008) was a German operatic soprano. One of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Christiane Oelze

    Cologne, Germany



    Christiane Oelze (born 9 October 1963 in Venice) is a German operatic soprano. From 2003 to... more on Wikipedia
  • Doris Soffel3

    Doris Soffel

    Hechingen, Germany



    Doris Soffel (born 12 May 1948, Hechingen, Germany) is a German mezzo-soprano. Doris Soffel... more on Wikipedia
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    Edda Moser

    Berlin, Germany



    Edda Moser (born 27 October 1938) is a German operatic soprano. She was particularly well... more on Wikipedia
  • Elisabeth Schumann5

    Elisabeth Schumann

    Merseburg, Germany

    AgeDec. at 64 (1888-1952)


    Elisabeth Schumann (13 June 1888 – 23 April 1952) was a German soprano who sang in opera,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ernst Kozub

    Duisburg, Germany

    AgeDec. at 47 (1924-1971)



    Ernst Kozub (January 24, 1924 – December 27, 1971) was a German tenor and opera singer. Kozub... more on Wikipedia
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    Franz Crass

    Wipperfürth, Germany

    AgeDec. at 84 (1928-2012)


    Franz Crass (9 March 1928 – 23 June 2012) was a German bass singer. A native of Wipperfürth,... more on Wikipedia
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    Gerhard Unger

    Bad Salzungen, Germany

    AgeDec. at 95 (1916-2011)



    Gerhard Unger (November 26, 1916 – July 4, 2011) was a German lyric tenor. Born in Bad... more on Wikipedia
  • Gitta Alpár9

    Gitta Alpár

    Budapest, Hungary

    AgeDec. at 88 (1903-1991)


    Gitta Alpár (née Regina Klopfer; 5 February 1903 – 17 February 1991), was a Hungarian-born... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Gustav Neidlinger

    Mainz, Germany

    AgeDec. at 81 (1910-1991)


    Gustav Neidlinger was a German bass-baritone, who was most famous for playing Wagner's... more on Wikipedia
  • Heinrich Schlusnus11

    Heinrich Schlusnus

    Braubach, Germany

    AgeDec. at 64 (1888-1952)


    Heinrich Schlusnus (6 August 1888 – 18 June 1952) was Germany's foremost lyric baritone of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Helga Meyer

    Nuremberg, Germany

    AgeDec. at 58 (1942-2000)


    Helga Mathilde Meyer was a German opera singer. She taught voice at Mary Washington College... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Hermann Uhde

    Bremen, Germany

    AgeDec. at 51 (1914-1965)


    Hermann Uhde (July 20, 1914 – October 10, 1965) was a German Wagnerian bass-baritone. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Inge Borkh

    Mannheim, Germany



    Inge Borkh (born Ingeborg Simon, 26 May 1921 – 26 August 2018) was a German operatic dramatic... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Irmgard Seefried

    Apfeltrach, Germany

    AgeDec. at 69 (1919-1988)


    Irmgard Seefried (9 October 1919 – 24 November 1988) was a distinguished German soprano who... more on Wikipedia
  • Johanna Gadski16

    Johanna Gadski

    Anklam, Germany

    AgeDec. at 60 (1872-1932)


    Johanna Emilia Agnes Gadski (15 June 1872 – 22 February 1932) was a German soprano. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    Josef Metternich


    AgeDec. at 90 (1915-2005)


    Josef Metternich (2 June 1915, in Cologne – 21 February 2005, in Feldafing) was a German... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Kurt Böhme

    Dresden, Germany

    AgeDec. at 81 (1908-1989)



    Kurt Böhme (5 May 1908 – 20 December 1989) was a German bass. He was born in Dresden, Germany,... more on Wikipedia
  • Kurt Moll19

    Kurt Moll

    Cologne, Germany




    Kurt Moll (11 April 1938 – 5 March 2017) was a German operatic bass singer who enjoyed an... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Lisa Otto

    Dresden, Germany

    AgeDec. at 94 (1919-2013)


    TypeColoratura Soprano

    Lisa Otto (14 November 1919 – 18 September 2013) was a German operatic soprano, particularly... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Ludwig Baumann

    Rosenheim, Germany



    Ludwig Baumann (born 1950 in Rosenheim) is a German opera singer. He is also the founder and... more on Wikipedia
  • Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld22

    Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld

    Munich, Germany

    AgeDec. at 29 (1836-1865)



    Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld (July 2, 1836 – July 21, 1865) was a German Heldentenor and the... more on Wikipedia
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    Ludwig Suthaus

    Cologne, Germany

    AgeDec. at 65 (1906-1971)



    Ludwig Suthaus (December 12, 1906 – September 7, 1971) was a major German opera singer... more on Wikipedia
  • Martha Mödl24

    Martha Mödl

    Nuremberg, Germany

    AgeDec. at 89 (1912-2001)


    Martha Mödl (22 March 1912, Nuremberg – 17 December 2001, Stuttgart) was a German soprano, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Matthias Goerne

    Weimar, Germany



    Matthias Goerne (born March 31, 1967, Weimar) is a German baritone. Born in Weimar, he studied... more on Wikipedia