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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 Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all ...more

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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Plácido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. One of ...more

Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of 12 following an association football ...more

Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Renée Fleming Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. ...more

José Carreras is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
José Carreras Josep Maria Carreras i Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he ...more

Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Maria Callas 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

Anna Netrebko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Anna Netrebko Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is a Russian operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna, Austria and in New York City.

Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Peter Pears Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years. ...more

Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Mario Lanza Mario Lanza (January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959, aged 38) was an American tenor, singer, actor and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. The son of Italian emigrants, he began ...more

Kiri Te Kanawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Kiri Te Kanawa Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa ONZ DBE AC is a New Zealand soprano who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968. Acclaimed as one of the most beloved sopranos in both the ...more

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

Enrico Caruso is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French ...more

Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Jessye Norman 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

Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Bryn Terfel Bryn Terfel Jones CBE is a Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer. Terfel was initially associated with the roles of Mozart, particularly Figaro and Don Giovanni, but has subsequently ...more

Measha Brueggergosman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Measha Brueggergosman Measha Brueggergosman is a Canadian soprano who performs both as an opera singer and concert artist. She has performed internationally and won numerous awards. Her recordings of both classical ...more

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Amaury Vassili is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Amaury Vassili 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 Farinelli, was the stage name of Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi, celebrated Italian castrato singer of the 18th century and one of the greatest singers in the history of opera.

Philippe Jaroussky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Philippe Jaroussky Philippe Jaroussky 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 before turning to singing. He ...more

Kai Wessel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Kai Wessel 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
Joan Sutherland Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the ...more

Nellie Melba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Nellie Melba Dame Nellie Melba GBE, born Helen "Nellie" Porter Mitchell, was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th ...more

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, DBE was a German-born Austrian/British soprano opera singer and recitalist. She was among the most renowned classical singers of the 20th century, much admired for ...more

Cecilia Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Cecilia Bartoli Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for ...more

Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Ezio Pinza Ezio Pinza was an Italian opera singer. A bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. ...more

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was a German lyric baritone and conductor of classical music, one of the most famous Lieder performers of the post-war period, described as "one of the supreme ...more

Kirsten Flagstad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Kirsten Flagstad Kirsten Målfrid Flagstad was a Norwegian opera singer and a highly regarded Wagnerian soprano. She ranks among the greatest singers of the 20th century, and many opera critics called hers ...more

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky PAR, is a Russian operatic baritone.

Fritz Wunderlich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Fritz Wunderlich Friedrich "Fritz" Karl Otto Wunderlich was a German lyric tenor, famed for his singing of the Mozart repertory and various lieder. He died in an accident when he was only 35.

Helmut Lotti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Helmut Lotti Helmut Lotti, is a Flemish Belgian tenor and singer-songwriter. Lotti performs in several styles and languages. Once an Elvis impersonator, he has sung African and Latino hit records, and he ...more

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Francesco Albanese is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Francesco Albanese Francesco Albanese was a lyric tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory. Albanese studied in Rome with Francesco Salfi, and made his stage debut in 1940, at the Teatro ...more

Ruggero Raimondi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Ruggero Raimondi Ruggero Raimondi is an Italian bass-baritone opera singer who has also appeared in motion pictures.

Yuri Mazurok is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Yuri Mazurok Yuri Antónovich Mazurók was a Russian operatic baritone of Ukrainian ethnicity. He sang leading roles with major opera houses internationally, including the Bolshoi Theatre, where ...more

Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Feodor Chaliapin Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin was a Russian opera singer. The possessor of a large, deep and expressive bass voice, he enjoyed an important international career at major opera houses and is often ...more

Ilona Massey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Ilona Massey Ilona Massey, born Hajmássy, was a Hungarian film, stage and radio performer.

Jeanne Gordon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Jeanne Gordon Ruby "Jeanne" Gordon was a Canadian opera singer active during the early 1900s. Gordon was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada in 1884 and died in Macon, Missouri on 22 February 1952. ...more

Marie Favart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Marie Favart Marie-Justine-Benoîte Favart was an opera singer, actress, and dancer, the wife of the dramatist, Charles Simon Favart. To her is largely due the beginnings of the change in this theatre ...more

Paolo Montarsolo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Paolo Montarsolo Paolo Montarsolo was an Italian operatic bass particularly associated with buffo roles.

Isabel Rey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Isabel Rey Isabel Rey is a Spanish operatic soprano who has performed leading roles in the opera houses of Europe and appears on many recordings.

Sophie Arnould is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Sophie Arnould Sophie Arnould was a French operatic soprano. Born Magdeleine Sophie Arnould, she studied in Paris with Marie Fel and La Clairon, and made her stage debut at the Opéra de Paris on 15 ...more

Sara Macliver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Sara Macliver Sara Macliver is an Australian soprano singer, born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, appearing in operas, concert and ...more

Edita Gruberová is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Edita Gruberová Edita Gruberová, is a Slovak coloratura soprano. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic power, endurance, and ability to sing high notes with great power and ...more

Christel Goltz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Christel Goltz Christel Goltz was a German operatic soprano. One of the leading dramatic sopranos of her generation, she possessed a rich voice with a brilliant range and intensity. She was particularly ...more

Monica Yunus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Monica Yunus Monica Yunus is an American operatic soprano who has performed with many opera companies and music ensembles. Reviewers from US dailies, The New York Times, the Charleston City Paper and the ...more

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Eric Owens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Eric Owens Eric Owens is an American operatic bass-baritone. He has performed both in new works and reinterpreted classic repertoire.

Andreas Malandrinos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos was a Greek-born actor who started appearing in British films from 1930, until his death 40 years later in Surrey, England. He was fluent in six languages and used this ...more

Anna Steiger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Anna Steiger Anna Justine Steiger is an American opera singer who has sung leading soprano and mezzo-soprano roles in British, and European, and North American opera houses.

Elisabeth Radó is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Elisabeth Radó Elisabeth Radó was a Yugoslavian singer and singing teacher from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mei Lanfang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Mei Lanfang Mei Lanfang was one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern history, exclusively known for his qingyi roles, a type of dan (男旦)role. Méi Lánfāng is his stage name, and in ...more

Jonas Brunvoll, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Jonas Brunvoll, Jr. Jonas Brunvoll was a Norwegian opera singer and actor.

Galina Vishnevskaya is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
Galina Vishnevskaya Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya was a Russian soprano opera singer and recitalist who was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1966. She was also the wife of world-famous cellist Mstislav ...more