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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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77 18
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Classical music

2
76 19
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music

3
47 24
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Incidental music, Art song

4
40 25
Gaetano Donizetti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song, Classical music

5
25 12
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

6
30 17
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet

7
33 20
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song

8
28 16
Charles Gounod is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Romantic music

9
33 21
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music, Baroque music

10
34 22
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Classical music

11
21 12
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Classical music

12
22 13
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Art song

13
28 19
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Art song

14
11 4
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Opera Composers
gnicholls added Sacred music, Ballet, Chamber music

15
15 8
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Lied

16
19 12
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music, Baroque music

17
27 20
Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Classical music

18
12 6
Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Classical music

19
12 6
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music

20
13 7
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Baroque music

21
14 8
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music

22
18 12
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

23
27 21
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet

24
11 6
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music

25
8 3
Jean-Baptiste Lully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Opera Composers
gnicholls added Ballet, Classical music, Baroque music

26
10 5
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet

27
11 6
Léo Delibes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Classical music

28
23 18
Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet

29
17 12
Johann Christian Bach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Opera Composers

30
14 9
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

31
11 6
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Baroque music

32
10 5
Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Opera Composers
gnicholls added Romantic music, Classical music

33
14 9
Antonio Salieri is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Baroque music

34
13 8
Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Baroque music

35
13 8
Leoš Janáček is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

36
13 9
Giovanni Pacini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Sacred music, Opera

37
11 7
Amilcare Ponchielli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Opera Composers

38
11 7
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

39
9 5
Ernest Chausson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Romantic music

40
9 5
Gustave Charpentier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Opera Composers

41
8 4
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

42
8 4
César Cui is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Art song

43
15 12
Erich Wolfgang Korngold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

44
13 10
Alban Berg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Serialism, Atonal music

45
12 9
Johann Adolph Hasse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Opera Composers

46
11 8
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, 20th-century classical music

47
11 8
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Opera Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet

48
10 7
Alfredo Catalani is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Opera Composers

49
10 7
Dominick Argento is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Opera Composers

50
8 5
Domenico Cimarosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Opera Composers