United States Famous Opera Singers from The United States

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List of popular opera singers from United States, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best American 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 United States, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

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Abbie Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 76 (1884-1960) - Abriea "Abbie" Mitchell Cook, also billed as Abbey Mitchell, was an American soprano opera singer who sang the role of "Clara" in the premier production of George Gershwin's ...more

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Adelaide Phillips is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Adelaide Phillips Died at 49 (1833-1882) - Adelaide Phillipps was an opera singer. She came to the United States with her family at the age of seven. Her parents placed her on the stage at an early age, and she made her first appearance ...more

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Adele Addison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 93 - Adele Addison is an African-American lyric soprano who was an acclaimed figure in the classical music world during the 1950s and 1960s. Although she did appear in several operas, Addison spent ...more

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Alexander Kipnis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 87 (1891-1978) - Alexander Kipnis was a Russian-born operatic bass. Having initially established his artistic reputation in Europe, Kipnis became an American citizen in 1931, following his marriage to an ...more

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Anne Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 97 (1912-2009) - Anne Brown was an African American soprano who created the role of "Bess" in the original production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert ...more

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Annie Louise Cary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Annie Louise Cary Died at 79 (1842-1921) - Annie Louise Cary was an American singer.

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Ara Berberian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Ara Berberian Died at 75 (1930-2005) - Ara Berberian was an American bass and actor who had an active international career in operas, concerts, and musicals from the early 1960s until his retirement from the stage in 1997. He notably ...more

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Barbara Bonney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 62 - Barbara Bonney is an American soprano.

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Belle Cole is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Belle Cole Died at 52 (1853-1905) - Belle Cole was a well-known American contralto. She first achieved success while on a transcontinental tour of the United States with Theodore Thomas in 1883. She later sang in England, ...more

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Blanche Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 45 (1853-1898) - Blanche Roosevelt, was an American opera singer and author. Her father was state Senator Tucker of Wisconsin.

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Blanche Thebom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Blanche Thebom Died at 95 (1915-2010) - Blanche Thebom was an American operatic mezzo-soprano, voice teacher, and opera director. She was part of the first wave of American opera singers that had highly successful international ...more

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Camilla Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 93 (1919-2012) - Camilla Ella Williams was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to ...more

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Carol Plantamura is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 77 - Carol Plantamura is an American soprano specializing in 17th and 20th century music. She graduated from Occidental College and was an original member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded ...more

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Carol Vaness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 66 - Carol Theresa Vaness is an American lirico-spinto soprano. Vaness was born in San Diego and launched her professional career in 1977 with the San Francisco Opera. She made her Metropolitan Opera ...more

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Caterina Jarboro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Caterina Jarboro Died at 83 (1903-1986) - Caterina Jarboro was an African-American opera singer. She was the first black opera singer ever to sing on an opera stage in America, twenty-two years before Marian Anderson's début at ...more

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Charles Bressler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 70 (1926-1996) - Charles Bressler was an American tenor. He was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania and studied at the Juilliard School. He became a founding member of the New York Pro Musica, with which he toured ...more

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Charles Castronovo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 43 - Charles Castronovo, is an American tenor. He is in demand internationally as an opera singer. Castronovo was born to a Sicilian father and an Ecuadorian mother in Queens, New York but grew up in ...more

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Charles R. Adams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Charles R. Adams Died at 66 (1834-1900) - Charles R. Adams was an American opera singer and singing instructor. An excellent tenor and fine actor, he had a commanding stage presence and was particularly admired for his interpretations ...more

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Claramae Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 93 (1920-2013) - Claramae Turner, was an American operatic contralto, perhaps best known for her appearance in the film Carousel, adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name. In 1970, ...more

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Deborah Voigt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 58 - Deborah Voigt is an American operatic soprano. Voigt regularly performs in opera houses and concert halls worldwide.

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Dwayne Croft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Dwayne Croft is an American baritone who has sung in more than 300 performances in 25 roles at the Metropolitan Opera. He won the Richard Tucker Award in 1996. He created the role of Nick ...more

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Edith Mason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Edith Mason Died at 81 (1892-1973) - Edith Mason was an American soprano.

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Edward Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Edward Matthews Died at 50 (1904-1954) - Edward Matthews was a pioneering African-American opera singer. In 1934, he created the role of "Ignatius of Loyola" in Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts, which he reprised in the ...more

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Emma Abbott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Emma Abbott Died at 41 (1850-1891) - Emma Abbott was an American operatic soprano and impresario known for her pure, clear voice of great flexibility and volume.

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Erin Wall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 43 - Erin Wall is a Canadian operatic soprano. She studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Western Washington University, Rice University and Music Academy of the West and was a finalist at the ...more

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Florence Quivar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 74 - Florence Quivar is an American operatic mezzo-soprano who was considered to be "one of the most prominent singers of her generation." She has variously been described as having a ...more

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Frances Yeend is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 95 (1913-2008) - Frances Yeend was an American classical soprano who had an active international career as a concert and opera singer during the 1940s through the 1960s. She had a long and fruitful association ...more

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Gianna Rolandi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 66 - Gianna Rolandi is an American soprano. Following a highly successful 20-year national and international operatic career, Rolandi retired from performing in 1994, and served as director of and ...more

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Gitta Alpár is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 88 (1903-1991) - Gitta Alpár, was a Hungarian-born opera and operetta soprano. Gitta Alpár was born in Budapest as Klopfer Regina. At an early age, she commenced the study of singing and pianoforte ...more

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Gladys Swarthout is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 69 (1900-1969) - Gladys Swarthout was an American mezzo-soprano opera singer and entertainer.

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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 73 - Jessye Mae Norman is an American Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles of ...more

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Judith Blegen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 75 - Judith Blegen is an American soprano, particularly associated with light lyric roles of the French, Italian and German repertories.

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Kallen Esperian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 57 - Kallen Esperian, born in Barrington, Illinois on June 8, 1961, is an Armenian-American lyric soprano.

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Kathleen Battle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 70 - Kathleen Deanna Battle is an American operatic light lyric soprano known for her light voice and silvery, pure tone. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle initially became known for her work within ...more

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La Julia Rhea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
La Julia Rhea Died at 94 (1898-1992) - La Julia Rhea was an African American operatic soprano, and a pioneering figure in the world of music in the United States.

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Licia Albanese is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 101 (1913-2014) - Licia Albanese was an Italian-born American operatic soprano. Noted especially for her portrayals of the lyric heroines of Verdi and Puccini, Albanese was a leading artist with the Metropolitan ...more

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Lillian Evanti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 77 (1890-1967) - Lillian Evanti, was an African-American opera singer.

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Lillian Nordica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 57 (1857-1914) - Lillian Nordica was an American opera singer who had a major stage career in Europe and her native country. Nordica established herself as one of the foremost dramatic sopranos of the late 19th ...more

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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 54 (1923-1977) - Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI, was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, ...more

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Maria Ewing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 68 - Maria Louise Ewing is an American opera singer who has sung both soprano and mezzo soprano roles. She is noted as much for her acting as her singing.

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Martin Dillon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Martin Dillon Died at 48 (1957-2005) - Martin Dillon was a United States born musician, operatic tenor, and professor of music at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. Dillon was very successfully active in attempting to revive ...more

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Matthew Polenzani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Matthew Polenzani Matthew Polenzani is an American lyric tenor. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna State Opera, ...more

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Michael Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Michael Sylvester age 67 - Michael Lane Sylvester is a retired lyric spinto operatic tenor.

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Nancy Gustafson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Nancy Gustafson age 62 - Nancy Gustafson is an American opera singer. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1978 and her M.Mus. from Northwestern University. She has appeared in numerous productions at ...more

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Nell Rankin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Nell Rankin Died at 81 (1924-2005) - Nell Rankin was an American operatic mezzo-soprano. Although a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most of her career at the Metropolitan Opera where she worked from 1951-1976. ...more

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Olive Fremstad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 80 (1871-1951) - Olive Fremstad was the stage name of Anna Olivia Rundquist, a celebrated Swedish-American opera diva who sang in both the mezzo-soprano and soprano ranges.

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Phyllis Curtin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 97 - Phyllis Curtin is an American classical soprano who had an active career in operas and concerts from the early 1950s through the 1980s. She was known for her creation of new roles such as the ...more

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Regina Resnik is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Died at 91 (1922-2013) - Regina Resnik was an American mezzo-soprano operatic singer.

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Reri Grist is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
age 86 - Reri Grist is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera.

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Richard Bonelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Opera Singers from The United States
Richard Bonelli Died at 91 (1889-1980) - Richard Bonelli was an American operatic baritone active from 1915 to the late 1970s.