List of Famous Opera Singers

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.

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  • Undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures in the world of opera, Luciano Pavarotti's powerful and effortless vocal abilities have left audiences awestruck for decades. Possessing a bright and strong voice with great range and depth, his exceptional technique allowed him to perform challenging roles such as the famous "Nessun Dorma" aria with ease. His extensive repertoire included the works of Verdi, Puccini, and Donizetti, as well as popular Neapolitan songs, helping bridge the gap between classical and popular music. Pavarotti's charisma and larger-than-life personality further cemented his status as a legend in the world of opera.

  • With an astonishing career spanning over six decades, Plácido Domingo's immense versatility, warm timbre, and impeccable artistry place him among the greatest opera singers in history. Remarkably, this titanic figure has performed over 150 roles across the operatic spectrum, from Italian classics to contemporary works. In addition to his remarkable singing abilities, Domingo is an accomplished conductor and has served as the general director for numerous opera houses. His commitment to imparting his passion and knowledge of opera to future generations has contributed greatly to the art form's growing popularity and enduring legacy.

  • Blending pop and classical influences, Andrea Bocelli's luminous voice has captivated millions of listeners worldwide. Despite a devastating accident that left him blind at an early age, Bocelli's unwavering determination and innate musical talent propelled him to stardom under the mentorship of Luciano Pavarotti. As one of the best-selling classical artists in history, his emotional renditions of Italian opera standards and popular crossover songs have garnered him countless accolades and legions of devoted fans. Bocelli's heartfelt performances continue to enchant audiences, proving that the power of music knows no boundaries.

  • Renée Fleming

    Renée Fleming

    The epitome of elegance and grace, Renée Fleming has achieved great renown for her superb lyric soprano voice and impeccable technique. A muse for many contemporary composers, her extensive repertoire ranges from Mozart and Strauss to contemporary American opera, showcasing her immense versatility as a performer. Fleming has been featured on numerous film soundtracks and has even graced the stage of the Super Bowl with her exquisite rendition of the national anthem. As a dedicated advocate for the arts, she continues to inspire a new generation of aspiring musicians through her tireless work in arts education and outreach.

  • As one of the legendary "Three Tenors" alongside Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras has enraptured audiences with his passionate and expressive voice. His triumphant return to the stage after a battle with leukemia has been an inspiration to many and demonstrated his tremendous perseverance. Carreras' extensive career includes performances in some of the most demanding and iconic opera roles, as well as popular crossover projects with fellow musical legends. Moreover, his humanitarian endeavors, including the creation of the José Carreras International Leukemia Foundation, are a testament to his unwavering compassion and dedication to those in need.

  • A true diva in every sense of the word, Maria Callas' electrifying stage presence and dramatic soprano voice have become the stuff of legend. Lauded for her exceptional acting abilities and intense emotional connection to her characters, Callas was able to breathe new life into each role she undertook. Her distinctive vocal style, characterized by her unique use of coloratura and a penetrating upper register, made her an ideal interpreter of both iconic bel canto roles and the verismo repertoire. Beyond the stage, Callas' glamorous and tumultuous personal life only served to heighten the mystique surrounding her unparalleled artistry.