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List of Famous Opera Singers

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This list of the most notable and famous opera singers in the world includes photos, when available. The greatest opera singers worldwide and top opera singers in America can be found on this list, ordered by their level of prominence. If you're looking for only famous female opera singers, we have that as well. From reputable opera singers to the lesser known opera singers in history and today, these are the top opera singers in the music world, of any voice - including famous soprano singers, baritones, and tenors.

Who are the most famous opera singers in the world? You've likely heard of modern opera singers like Plácido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, but you'll also find countless other popular opera singers and opera music artists below, from all different eras. 

If you can't get enough opera, be sure to check out these lists of Verdi operas, Rossini operas, and Puccini operas to get your opera fix.

Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Luciano Pavarotti (, also US: , Italian: [luˈtʃaːno pavaˈrɔtti]; 12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming ...more

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Plácido Domingo ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for ...more

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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdreːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer. Celine Dion has said that "if ...more

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Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Renée Lynn Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano, known for performances in opera, concerts, recordings, theater, film, and at major public occasions. Fleming has a full ...more

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José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan: [ʒuˈzɛb məˈɾi.ə kəˈreɾəs i ˈkɔʎ]; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (, Spanish: [xoˈse kaˈreɾas]), is a Spanish tenor who is ...more

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Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (; Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano. She was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers ...more

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Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко; born 18 September 1971) is a Russian operatic soprano. She holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenships and resides in Vienna, Austria, ...more

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Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears ( PEERZ; 22 June 1910 – 3 April 1986) was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional ...more
Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Mario Lanza (US: , Italian: [ˈlantsa]; born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza [koˈkɔttsa]; January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film ...more

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Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dame Kiri Jeanette Claire Te Kanawa (; born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron, 6 March 1944) is a New Zealand soprano. She has a full lyric soprano voice, which has been described as "mellow yet ...more

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Avery Brooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Avery Franklin Brooks (born October 2, 1948) is an American actor, director, singer, and educator. He is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as ...more

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Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Enrico Caruso (, also US: , Italian: [enˈriːko kaˈruːzo]; 25 February 1873 – 2 August 1921) was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the ...more

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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles ...more

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Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Sir Bryn Terfel Jones, (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈbrɨn ˈtɛrvɛl]; born 9 November 1965) is a Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer. Terfel was initially associated with the roles of Mozart, ...more

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Measha Brueggergosman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Measha Brueggergosman (born Measha Gosman; June 28, 1977) is a Canadian soprano who performs both as an opera singer and concert artist. She has performed internationally and won numerous ...more

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Amaury Vassili is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Amaury Vassili is a French opera singer and professional tenor. His debut album Vincerò from 2009 went double platinum in France, and he has had international success with releases in ...more
Farinelli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Farinelli (Italian pronunciation: [fariˈnɛlːi]; 24 January 1705 – 16 September 1782) was the stage name of Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi (pronounced [ˈkarlo ˈbrɔski]), a celebrated ...more

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Philippe Jaroussky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978) is a French countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory, and then took up the piano ...more
Kai Wessel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Kai Wessel is a German countertenor and teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an Australian-born coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire ...more

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Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dame Nellie Melba GBE (born Helen Porter Mitchell; 19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931) was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the ...more

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dame Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf, (9 December 1915 – 3 August 2006) was a German-born Austro-British soprano. She was among the foremost singers of lieder, and was renowned for ...more

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Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI (Italian: [tʃeˈtʃiːlja ˈbartoli]; born 4 June 1966) is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations ...more

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Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Ezio Pinza (born Fortunio Pinza; May 18, 1892 – May 9, 1957) was an Italian opera singer. A bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, ...more
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (28 May 1925 – 18 May 2012) was a German lyric baritone and conductor of classical music, one of the most famous Lieder (art song) performers of the post-war period, ...more