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Opera artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good opera bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top opera bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Opera groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all opera bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest opera bands of all time, since the most famous opera artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best opera music.

You can click on the opera band names to see more information about that particular notable opera group. If they're near the top of the best opera artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top opera bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the opera band names themselves.

This list includes Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Pavarotti and more artists. Vote for the best artists on the list to see them rise to the top. The most fun part of this is deciding to vote on artists like George Gershwin and Samuel Barber.

All important, significant and iconic names in opera music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new opera bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of opera, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into opera music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good opera bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent opera bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best opera bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest opera musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular opera bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Opera, Classical music

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65 16
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Giacomo Puccini Opera, Chamber music, Classical music

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39 19
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Georges Bizet Opera, Incidental music, Art song

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30 13
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Opera Composers
George Frideric Handel Opera, Classical music, Baroque music

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32 15
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Opera, Chamber music, Classical music

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36 19
Gaetano Donizetti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Gaetano Donizetti Opera, Art song, Classical music

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26 12
Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Carl Maria von Weber Opera, Romantic music, Classical music

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21 8
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Antonín Dvořák Opera, Romantic music, Art song

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24 11
Charles Gounod is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Charles Gounod Opera, Ballet, Romantic music

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25 12
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Claudio Monteverdi Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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26 15
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Christoph Willibald Gluck Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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18 8
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Hector Berlioz Opera, Romantic music, Classical music

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24 14
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Béla Bartók Opera, Ballet, Art song

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27 17
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Alexander Borodin Opera, Art song

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9 2
Gustave Charpentier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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10 3
Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Arrigo Boito Opera, Classical music

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15 8
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Opera Composers
George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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18 11
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Opera, Ballet, Art song

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10 4
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Gabriel Fauré Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music

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12 6
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Bedřich Smetana Opera, Chamber music

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15 9
Johann Christian Bach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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16 11
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Henry Purcell Opera, Classical music, Baroque music

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11 6
Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Alessandro Scarlatti Opera, Baroque music

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8 3
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Opera Composers
gnicholls added Jean-Philippe Rameau Sacred music, Ballet, Chamber music

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10 5
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Opera, Baroque music

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11 6
Antonio Salieri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Antonio Salieri Opera, Baroque music

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12 7
Johann Adolph Hasse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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12 7
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

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14 9
Erich Wolfgang Korngold is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

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10 5
Amilcare Ponchielli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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7 2
Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Opera Composers
gnicholls added Engelbert Humperdinck Romantic music, Classical music

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10 5
Alfredo Catalani is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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12 8
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Franz Schubert Opera, Romantic music, Lied

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12 8
Giovanni Pacini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Giovanni Pacini Sacred music, Opera

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11 7
Leoš Janáček is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Leoš Janáček Opera, Art song, Chamber music

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9 5
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Opera, Baroque music

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5 1
Kurt Weill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Opera Composers
gnicholls added Kurt Weill Ballet

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19 16
Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Benjamin Britten Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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12 9
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Carl Orff Opera, 20th-century classical music

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11 8
Alban Berg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Alban Berg Opera, Serialism, Atonal music

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10 7
Franz Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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9 6
Dominick Argento is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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9 6
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music

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8 5
Francesco Cavalli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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8 5
Léo Delibes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Léo Delibes Opera, Ballet, Classical music

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7 4
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

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7 4
György Ligeti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Opera Composers
György Ligeti Opera, Chamber music, Film score

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7 4
Franz Schreker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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7 4
Domenico Cimarosa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Opera Composers

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7 4
Giovanni Paisiello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Giovanni Paisiello Sacred music, Opera