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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, 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
Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of 12. Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo ...more
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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
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, 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 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
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 (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
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 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 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 Mae Norman (September 15, 1945 – September 30, 2019) was an American Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman was associated in particular with the ...more
Bryn Terfel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Opera Singers
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 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
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, 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 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 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 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
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
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, 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 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 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