Tarja Turunen

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Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. ...read more.

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She's excellent, and is putting out albums at a nice fast clip. Gotta hand it to her, she knows how to compose and she knows her way around musical instruments. She's pretty tough and tours a lot. For me she represents a strong, independent female metal artist who's come into her own. In a way, she outgrew Nightwish who seem to prefer obedient female talent that doesn't demand too much of them (seem a tad chauvinistic, especially since they recently booted Anette Olzon too). Since leaving Nightwish, Tarja has flourished, and I think her albums replace what Nightwish could have been had they not shifted away towards rock pop/movie soundtrack type music. I hope she keeps putting out albums. Loved the Act 1 live album. The coming album Colours in the Dark scheduled for August 2013 sounds amazing from the couple of teasers I've managed to hear. She's my favorite metal diva, and her drummer partner Mike Terrano is a god. My second and third female metal rankings would go to Lacuna Coil's ...more

Yep, the metal vocalist who sings opera arias on the side, for fun (NOT, as some arrogant opera fans seem to think, some sort of professional opera singer. If they're too lazy to actually look her up and realize that her music has pounding guitars in the background while someone like Leontyne Price doesn't, well, they're opinions can't be counted for anything then, can they? ). Much better than all those classical crossover artists, in my opinion, who, although they display better technique, for one reason or another always eventually refer back to elements of some generic pop genre for their solo work. One thing I love about Tarja is she has already done so many genres in both her time with Nightwish and her solo work, such as acoustic folk, folk metal, power metal, Eurovision, alternative rock, symphonic metal, and pop, with elements of ambience, gothic metal, industrial metal, electronic, etc. Shame that most singers don't try for variety like she does. Very impressive head voice ...more

Tarja is full lyric soprano, a trained vocalists that successfully with her voice alone combines two genres - metal (rock) and classical music. The idea itself sounds odd and easy to go wrong which is far from true in this case. I was a child when I first hear her singing in Nightwish and I instantly "fell in love" with her vocals. She sings beautifully with passion, her vocal range is very good, but the thing that really made her popular is her voice which can sound extremely dark and deep for a soprano, her voice can easily enchant the sounds of an ocean, eternity and loss (Sleeping sun, Dead Boy's poem, Deep Silent Complete) which, I believe, influenced a lot on the genre of the music and most of the albums, she can also sound shockingly mighty and powerful (The Kinslayer, In for a Kill, Wishmaster), and surprisingly she can also sound so angelic and pure (The Wisdom of Wind, Rivers of lust, Kuolema tekee taiteilijan, You would have loved this). Tarja has always had a special ...more

Seriously, I can't believe that some people post Pink, Ashley Simpson, Cristina Aguilera, Amy Lee, and more nasty singers above Tarja Turunen, I admit she's not the best, but she's so much better than most of the "singers" that you post on it.

She can sings high notes as well as low notes. You have to hear her sing! It's beautiful.

Great Voice, great performing skills, great stage presence.

both her music with Nightwish and her solo career is fantastic
especially her singing on "Ghost Love Score", "Ever Dream" and "Slaying The Dreamer" I mean, its divine (and then she is also hot, hottest person in the metal genre (not that it's a hard title to get, when you compete against people like Dave Mustaine or Lemmy

How come she didn't make it to the top? She is definitely the best female singer on earth. Not only is she a talented opera singer, metal singer, writer and performer but also an amazing person. Here presence on stage is unlike any other, she is charismatic, charming, and makes you feel every word she sings. She is unique and doesn't try be anyone but herself. I hope some day she will get the acknowledgement she deserves as the best female singer.

Tarja Turunen simply has it all. She has an amazing vocal range which she successfully controls due her vocal education. She is both charming and beautiful and she has that special effect on audience, she makes people both smile and cry. Everyone agrees that Tarja's voice is extraordinary, she has a beautiful voice that can touch you so easily. Her voice is high pitched, but still somehow very dark and powerful and it strongly reminds me of oceans.

I can't brain this.. Tarja is not on the top ten? You must haven't heard her songs yet right? The only singers I can rate on par with Tarja are Celine Dion and Madonna.. Don't put Beyonce or Britney above her, it's a disgrace!

listen to her and you will understand why she is the best ;-)... she sang higher notes than Sarah Brightman in The Phantom of the Opera (Nightwish - End of an Era)... Most critics thinks that she is the best singer (read wikipedia)

Tarja is the nicest, cutest, kindest singer with an amazingly beautiful angel voice, she feels her music and she really cares for her fans, Tarja is absolute the best singer of the whole world...

Let us start by saying that Tarja's voice is one of those ancient voices we don't hear nowadays, and combining this goddess - full voice with metal and hard rock music shows that Tarja is the brilliant.

A lot of not classical - opera fans said that Tarja's voice is well trained for such music. Tarja can easily owns a song from both genders and she has the most perfect stage charisma I HAVE EVER SEEN!

What stupid people who don't understand that Tarja is better than Amy Lee, Aguillera, Breatney Spears, etc!

Amy Lee is at the 4th place and tarja at the 13th place...

Tarja turunen has a very powerful voice and if she wasn't so proud she could be the absolutely most talented singer in the metal universe.

However she still deserves the first place, and everyone knows how talented she was with Nightwish.

Tarja is one of the best singer in the whole world. With her powerfull and clean voice she has amazed to every person that walks in this world. His charism and passion on the stage. I had the chance to see her live, and was a dream come true. Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen Cabuli, thank you so much for been part of my life and my dreams.

Her voice has helped me go trough so much! Saying thank you to Tarja is not enough.. Even though she is very perfect in a technical way, she has always stuck with me... It goes beyond her voice being perfect in a technical way, she just feels it so much, there's no comparison... You will always be my No 1 Tarja!

The best voice ever, when you listen to her voice it feels like heaven, I love her and her songs! She is great when you listen to her 'soft' songs but is even better in the 'hard' ones

she is the best
i'd never seen a best singer like her, I follow her since she was in her first moments with nightwish and I still think she the most beautiful and talented singer ever. Her voice is unique and powerful, and she always look like a goddes in the stage (sorry if my english is bad &)

Tarja would leave all these so called singers for dead. She has the best operatic voice I have ever heard and her take on Ave Maria was no less than stunning. A voice this spellbinding really connects with my mind and takes me places I have never been before and places that I would love to go.

an Goddess absolutly I've seen her 2 Times in Germany in May and she is absolutly perfect! Her Voice, her Outfits and her Show was awesome and she love each Fan so much after the concert she came out to give us autogramms and make Photos with every waiting Fan! A Goddess in Person :-)

Tarja is the best singer in the world! Her voice is unique and very beautifull! No one can sing better than Tarja! )

She has absolutely the best voice in the world. No other singer can touch me with his music as much as Tarja does. Her voice is so strong and emotional, she loves her fans and her fans love her. SHES ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SINGER IN THE WORLD!

I was deciding between Tarja and Emilie Autumn, while listening to End of An Era tour. How can I not pick Tarja? Her voice is honestly that of an angel. I really can't get over the beauty of her voice it is just so pure and beautiful that it could almost make me cry.

Her voice is absolutely powerful and full of passion. She always gives everything on stage and her performances are so majestic that becomes ONE the heart of all of us her fans.

she has a wonderful and powerful voice and more! she is the only one that makes you cry when she is singing live in a concert or in her cd's.. tarja is so dedicated to her music her lyrics and everything she does... an amazing person and singer too...

Simply amazing soprano! Because she is from Finland, not so well known, but ANYONE should listen to her once and has to agree she is among the absolute best voices EVER. And that is what this list is all about.
Besides a great singer also a charismatic person
If angels could sing they would sing like Tarja!

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