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The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time 

Buster McDermott
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Updated 十一月 21, 2019 1.1M votes 29.4k voters 333.1k views 149 items

List Rules Vote up the top famous opera singers in history, of any voice type.

Opera isn’t a genre with which the average person is very familiar. In modern entertainment, opera and theatrical drama has drawn smaller audiences than it once did years ago. However, opera can be a beautiful experience, there’s nothing quite the raw power of the skilled human voice filling an entire room, communicating drama and romance. It takes an incredibly well-trained voice to sing opera, but the musicians on this list have mastered the craft.

Who are the best opera singers of all time? The opera singers on this list are history’s all time best performers. They come from a variety of backgrounds and time periods, but the effect they had on the world of music and opera is incredible. An opera singer is a finely-tuned, highly skilled musician who has a unique, powerful voice, and can deliver a breathtaking live performance.

This list features the best opera singers in the world's history, ranked by the community. Some of the great opera singers on this list include Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Maria Callas, Plácido Domingo, and Mario Lanza. Vote up the best opera singers in history below, or add a talented opera singer who isn't already on the list.
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Megan Marie Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) from Sydney, Australia
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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 92 from Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America
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Feodor Chaliapin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938) from Kazan, Russia
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Tito Gobbi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984) from Bassano del Grappa, Italy
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Jessye Norman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 73 from Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
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Beniamino Gigli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1890-1957) from Italy, Recanati
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Montserrat Caballé... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Age 85 from Barcelona, Spain
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Renee Fleming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Giuseppe Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Valentina Badici added Dec. at 87 (1921-2008) from Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
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Marilyn Horne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 85 from Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Mario del Monaco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
mikhail0623 added Dec. at 67 (1915-1982) from Florence, Italy
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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1921-1959) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Renata Tebaldi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004) from Pesaro, Italy
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Jo Su-mi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Michael Hartman-Fiedler added Age 56 from Seoul, South Korea
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Roberto Alagna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 55 from Clichy-sous-Bois, France
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Jussi Björling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1911-1960) from Borl?nge, Sweden
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012) from Berlin, Germany
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Victoria de los Angeles ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
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Tito Schipa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965) from Lecce, Italy
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Rolando Villazón ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Age 47 from Mexico City, Mexico
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Juan Diego Flórez... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Giovanni Collareta added Age 46 from Lima, Peru
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Nelson Eddy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
James K. Bryson added Dec. at 66 (1901-1967) from Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
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Robert Merrill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
gnicholls added Dec. at 87 (1917-2004) from Williamsburg, New York City, New York
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Ezio Pinza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957) from Rome, Italy