Singers 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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This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from United States?" and "Who are the greatest American opera singers?"

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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