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List of Famous Opera Singers

Updated November 7, 2017 383.8k views660 items

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
    Luciano Pavarotti (, also US: , Italian: [luˈtʃaːno pavaˈrɔtti]; 12 October 1935 – 6...  more
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  • Plácido Domingo
    José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and...  more
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  • Andrea Bocelli
    Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdreːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September...  more
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  • Renée Fleming
    Renée Lynn Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano, known for performances in...  more
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    #28 of 124 The Greatest Female Opera Singers of All Time#22 of 54 The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History

  • José Carreras
    Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan: [ʒuˈzɛb məˈɾi.ə kəˈreɾəs i ˈkɔʎ]; born 5 December 1946),...  more
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  • Maria Callas
    Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (; Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977)...  more
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  • Anna Netrebko
    Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко; born 18 September 1971) is a Russian...  more
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  • Peter Pears
    Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears ( PEERZ; 22 June 1910 – 3 April 1986) was an English tenor. His...  more
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  • Mario Lanza
    Mario Lanza (US: , Italian: [ˈlantsa]; born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza [koˈkɔttsa]; January 31,...  more
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  • Kiri Te Kanawa
    Dame Kiri Jeanette Claire Te Kanawa (; born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron, 6 March 1944) is a...  more
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  • Avery Brooks
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  • Enrico Caruso
    Enrico Caruso (, also US: , Italian: [enˈriːko kaˈruːzo]; 25 February 1873 – 2 August 1921)...  more
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  • Jessye Norman
    Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American opera singer and recitalist. A...  more
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  • Bryn Terfel
    Sir Bryn Terfel Jones, (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈbrɨn ˈtɛrvɛl]; born 9 November 1965) is a...  more
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  • Measha Brueggergosman
    Measha Brueggergosman (born Measha Gosman; June 28, 1977) is a Canadian soprano who performs...  more
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  • Amaury Vassili
    Amaury Vassili is a French opera singer and professional tenor. His debut album Vincerò from...  more
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  • Farinelli
    Farinelli (Italian pronunciation: [fariˈnɛlːi]; 24 January 1705 – 16 September 1782) was the...  more
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  • Philippe Jaroussky
    Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978) is a French countertenor. He began his musical...  more
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  • Kai Wessel
    Kai Wessel is a German countertenor and teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Köln....  more
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  • Joan Sutherland
    Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an...  more
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  • Nellie Melba
    Dame Nellie Melba GBE (born Helen Porter Mitchell; 19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931) was an...  more
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  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Dame Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf, (9 December 1915 – 3 August 2006) was a...  more
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  • Cecilia Bartoli
    Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI (Italian: [tʃeˈtʃiːlja ˈbartoli]; born 4 June 1966) is an...  more
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  • Ezio Pinza
    Ezio Pinza (born Fortunio Pinza; May 18, 1892 – May 9, 1957) was an Italian opera singer. A...  more
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  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (28 May 1925 – 18 May 2012) was a German lyric baritone and conductor...  more
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