The Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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The Top Ten

1
Joan Sutherland
Probably the greatest diva in the millenium. All other divas should strive for the perfection of her technique and evocative and moving interpretations. Luciano Pavarotti called her the voice of the century - Sherrill Milne said in one interview he felt pained to sing on cue as it seemed rude to interrupt such an equisite performance. Peers are the best judges and you have to go with them. Of course, this is all subjective but the respect of her peers - the truly knowledgeable in my judgement makes her the greatest of all time.
Dame Joan Sutherland is in my opinion the best soprano of all time: Perfect technique, pure and rich voice and great interpretation skills.
Voice of unmatched beauty and skill. In her later years, as with most, she had difficulty with her middle range. Yet in her prime, she had control that was unmatched by any other coloratura! Her vocal acrobatics in the Bell Song or The Mad Scene from Lucia the Lamamoor were pure and perfect and never equalled by any other soprano!
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2Tarja Turunen
She is the best singer this world ever gave birth to!
She's not just a good opera singer... She also has a unique voice and the feelings she conveys while singing are simply stunning and unbeatable.

Only Tarja could make me cry!
She is just... unique.
Tarja is Tarja, and no one can beat that.
I know her technique is not perfect, but who has a perfect technique?
Besides, her voice is just gorgeous, and there is no technique that can teach that to anyone.
Tarja is incredible woman. She is very talented, so beautiful and such kind to her fans. Her music is really touching, always makes me cry. Tarja Turunen is definitely greatest opera singer ever.
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3Maria Callas
She created her own art, and some people hated it because it wasn't classically beautiful, but who cares it sounded way better and she is by far not only the most talented soprano of all time, but her veracity, her willingness to show facts, accuracy, and honesty in very aspect of her career is so amazing even on top of all her talent. She didn't care about beauty as much as she cared about creating her own honest style that to this day has changed the way sopranos sing, she was honest and cared solely about what she wanted to accomplish and not what everyone else thought if her. She broke through with unbelievable talent that was her own individual sounds that were out of the norm, but were so amazing. I hate opera singers apt just because I find orbiting, although they do hAve some of the most astonishingly and amazingly beautiful voices, it's just not my genre of choice. Without callas being the first soprano to breakout of the norm of society, and create her ow even more amazing style, it then allowed for soprano artists of today's generation to express their own voices in any way they want to, not ways by the book. A perfect example of a soprano voice in today's society is Christina Aguilera. She has the most amazing voice and she is a true soprano because of the notes she can hit, and if it weren't for Maria callas we wouldn't have seen such a diversity in music like we do today. Thanks Maria Callas, and happy 90th birthday.
It's Maria Callas, does anything else need to be said but, anyway easily the greatest female opera singer of all time. The love of her life wasn't another human but, opera music and when one listens to her singing you can instantaneously hear that love. She also, possessed a great ability to be able to sing the greatest love of her life and, in doing so provided the world with the greatest opera singer the world has ever seen. Marvellous Maria Callas, your legacy will live forever!
Because she is THE opera singer, the absolute icon. Not my personal favorite in terms of technique or particularity of the voice, she had incontestable acting abilities, a great presence and, most important of all, the intelligence which made her become the all-time symbol of opera singing. Unlike those two names that can be found before her in the top, which I won't even bother to type, Callas loved opera music, AND was able of singing it. A lady with a grand personality, a grand story and a grand life.
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4Renee Fleming
Experiencing her art and voice live was a bucket list dream before I had ever heard the term or reached an age when I needed to. Twenty years on now, for me she is simply nonpareil.
What can I say, other than an ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL voice.
Renée Fleming, besides being a great artist is also an absolutely beautiful young lady.
Her 'down-to-earth' and 'non-pretentious' demeanour makes her extremely endearing.
In my book she's absolutely TOPS...
She has turned me on to oprea, after listening to her sing
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5Montserrat Caballé
La Superba! Listen to her rendition of Puccini's 'O Mio Babbino Caro' and then tell yourself Sarah Brightman is a better "Opera" singer. This lady is in a league all her own. Number one all the way!
A depth and range of voice that is so effortless and only a stone heart could not be moved.
She is unsurpassed in her many roles and her recording of songs from her native land is quite superb.
Ms Caballe completely captures the soul of the momment in her voice and delivery. She also has such a radiant personality that sheer beauty shines through in her presence.
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6Dame Kiri te Kanawa
Her voice is as smooth as silk! I get chills when I hear her sing!
I had the pleasure of meeting Dame Kanawa on a flight that I was a working
Crew member. She was ever so gracious & so humble when I acknowledged her
& mentioned how much I enjoyed hearing her on PBS' Great Performances. After the service was completed she took the time to come into the galley & personally thank us for our professional & personal service.
All though I think many "up-and-coming" women may eventually have better voices, I think all females in the opera world wish to be like her.
She has such depth of soul and breadth of vocal repertory. She sings from the heart.
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7Mirusia Louwerse
Described as the "Angel of Australia", Mirusia is undoubtedly one of the greatest soprano opera singers of the 21st century. Her accolades speak for themselves:

Youngest winner in history of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Competition.

Has accompanied the world renowned violinist, Andre Rieu on a 6 year world tour.

ARIA Award winner

Lead soloist in Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem".

Apart from her crowning achievements, Mirusia is considered by many to be one of the most down-to-earth and respected celebrities. Her passion for music and helping underprivileged children has made Mirusia an ambassador for two significant foundations:

Australian Children's Music Foundation
Dutch Social Network Foundation

Mirusia's ongoing efforts have raised much needed funds for children in Australia and abroad. Australia is proud and honoured to have such an amazing individual in our music industry!
For me one of the most talented classical singers at the moment.
She can sing everything. From pop tot rock to classical to opera. Her voice sounds like an angel!
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8Jackie Evancho
I've been told that there are other prodigies in the world, that prodigy is not as rare as I think, and that Miss Evancho is quite good but not a performer that is nothing less than a treasure for entire world. Well, with the advent of YouTube and streaming music services, it's actually possible to listen to the "others," and that's what they all are -- also-rans. A voice like this can't come along more often that once in a generation, perhaps less often, and it's therefore my belief that that she's the standard by which all others will be judged within a few years. That's why she already should be near the top of this list: she hasn't achieved as much as the others, but the rating here is "the best," not the most enduring or experienced.
This list has the top 11 greatest female opera singers PLUS Jackie Evancho. This is very high praise indeed for a thirteen year old singer. Should you ever doubt her name belongs on this list, listen to her CDs, or go to YouTube and listen. Jackie just naturally reaches her audience the way Opera stars WISH they could reach theirs. These ladies have all worked very very hard over their careers to achieve their positions in Opera, and they certainly deserve their accolades. However, Jackie is such a colossal natural talent, that many believe she deserves a place on this list.

This will be an interesting list in another 10 years.
If there is a voice that provokes disbelief, this is it. When you go to an opera, you expect operatic voices. Here is a child who has been accused of lip synching, (the ultimate compliment) and of being an angel. That her voice can stand alone as one of the best should be proof enough, seeing it's source does make one wonder.
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9Sarah Brightman
OMG! I AM JUST READING COMMENTS ABOUT TARJA TURUNEN -SO CALLED SINGING- AND I CANT BELIVE WHAT I SEE! ARE YOU PEOPLE DEAF OR WHAT? TARJAS INTERPRETATION OF AVE MARIA IS ONE OF THE WORST EVER! THE WOMAN IS ROUGH AS A BULLDOG! THATS WHY SHE DID ANOTHER VERSION, WITH "FLAT" SINGING, BECAUSE SHE CAN NEVER-EVER SING THE ORIGINAL ONE WITH PROPER TECHNICS, AND WICH IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT-WITH PROPER FEELINGS THAT SARAH BRIGHTMAN (OR MARIA CALLAS) HAS! PLEASE, LISTEN TO SOME REAL OPERA, BEFORE YOU JUMP ON SUCH A TERRIBLE INTERPRETATIONS!
I just want to say that I voted Sarah cause I know no one in particular who is an opera singer. Sarah might be trained to reach the soprano notes, and her voice probably has the operatic touch, but she belongs to the world of theater, not opera. She is fantastic and all, but as an opera singer? I'm not so sure. Her voice is angelic, I know, that is why I don't think she belongs in the opera class. She's more of a theatrical soprano that has a more developed operatic voice of Christine that most, but that voice doesn't fit in to be availed in operatic ways. No hate... I love Sarah, loved her as Christine, loved her as a stage actress, just not an opera singer.
Sorry to burst all your bubbles, but Sarah Brightman is not an opera singer. She's a crossover singer. She doesn't sing with a true opera technique, and how many of her songs that you hear are actually from operas as opposed to being just opera-sounding pop tunes? None of you people actually know what opera singers sound like if you think Sarah Brightman is the best opera singer.
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10Carmen Monarcha
Ms. Monarcha is not only the BEST opera in the world she happens to be the most beautiful as well! Her stage presence is something to be reckoned with in a most spectacular experience!
She has a wonderful apperance she is an amazing singer she does Italian, germen, french, spanish and more!
Carmen Monarcha has a voice that makes you realise what your ears are for, the full package of range, power, tone, interpretation and passion.
When I first heard her sing, I fell off the chair-spellbound by that fantastic voice and stage craft. She can make time stand still, nothing else matters, and you tend to forget to breathe for fear of missing something. Totally captivating, unbelievably good. Carmen-the voice of a Goddess. WOW!
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The Contenders

11Leontyne Price
L am in shock to see Leontyne Price in the 22nd spot on your list considering some of the previous ones. It is very clear to me that the voters are not familiar with her work nor her struggles as an african- american in the world of opera and else where. The opportunities were not the same for all; nevertheless her talent could not be suppress.
I experienced her performance of Aida at the Met and at her retirement in the same role; it was absolutely breath taking. She was regal and so was her voice. Review your list!
Leontyne Price was my mother's favorite female opera singer in the '50s. Mom's favorite performance was Ms. Price in Ll Trovatore. Time magazine called her voice, "Rich, supple and shining. It was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C. "
I've been attending live opera since 1947. Leontine Price is the best of any. No one can compare. Some may get there. Price was technically correct, emotionally exquisite and with a quality at each range that was beautiful and flowed flawlessly from one note to another. Listen!
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12Kirsten Flagstad
One of the most glorious voices of all time
Had she lived today. Her voice would be more than a distant memory and poor quality recordings. We've never anything like it... Before or since..
She is the best voice of all the time. Who does not know this is ignorant. For sure. Ask the experts.
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13Jessye Norman
I heard her sing in a cathedral in Philadelphia accompanied by strings and a jazz orchestra. I'll never forget it. Her voice was gorgeous and full, her emotional expression was superb. She sang arias, jazz and gospel that night. I'm unsophisocated in understanding of operatic music, but she was moving in voice, physical presence and expression. She walked through the cathedral as she sang a set of gospel hymns. She moved like an Egyptian Queen in long, heavy gowns. It brings tears to my eyes to remember it. Wonderful!
Such a rich voice that defies conventional classification. I love sopranos. so many on these list are great to sublime. For me though, Jessye is in a class on her own. Watching her during a performance is like being in the presence of a divine being whose voice penetrates deep into one's soul.
Norman deserve the spot under Joan Sutherland. I can't believe why Tarja Turunen is even here. She's an average voice and not an opera singer. Putting Turunen right after Sutherland is an insult to opera. It should be:

1. Sutherland
2. Norman
3. Callas
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14Marian Anderson
One of the greatest African-American opera singers to have ever lived.
That true great

That's so true great so far down the list.

15Sumi Jo
Magical! Fantastic in Mozart's Magic Flute!
Only because she's an Asian, so many people don't appreciate her amazing vocal! She totally deserves to be at least top 8
Her voice is like a crystal!

16Marilyn Horne

17Angela Gheorghiu
I am not a fan of opera, but after listening to Angela, who really sparked the emotions with her passion and voice, I could become a convert.
Angela pure beautiful voice not as well known as the others follow and listen you will be amazed. I would love to see her live.
Angela Gheorghiu is a magnificent, pure, pure talent. A marvelous voice and incredible woman! Love to see and listen her, so, so much.
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18Amelita Galli-Curci
Amelita enthralls me with the lilting beauty of her voice over 2 CD's, every song.
Thanks to my Dad introducing me to her by possessing a couple of 12" shellack records Iwas brainwashed into appreciating quality operatic singers.

19Birgit Nilsson
One of the greatest operatic voices who has ever lived. Unsurpassed in Wagner operas.
Who have done Turandot or Brunhilde better?
I totally agree, Birgit Nilsson!
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20Elina Garanca
One of the best opera singers of all times.
Beautiful, clever singer, amazing voice and singing technique!
Beautiful, intelligent singer with a warm mezzo that never ceases to impress and touch me.
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21Anna Netrebko
Anna Netrebko- gorgeous Russian opera singer with a beautiful voice and great range. Stunningly beautiful vocal.
One of the best, and possibly the best singer of our time!
She has very deep unique voice, plus she is exceptional actress, and she is so sincere on the stage. I think she is the best)
When I first listened to her I could not believe that was real I like her so much shes so powerful but so gentle at the same time
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22Roberta Peters
Just watched Roberta Peters on T.V... Incredible

23Lucia Popp
A most unusual and musical voice who was respected from her debut. She could mold her silvery sound to any emotion she expressed. Hearing her recording of Brahm's "Requiem" the listener should wonder at her ability to end the soprano solo movement with a perfect blending of her tone into the orchestral sound accompanying her. She was planning a series of lieder recordings, only one of which she completed before she passed away. A tragic and untimely event. A great artist.
Listen to the song to the moon
The mosr sweet soft voice

24Renata Tebaldi
Callas was the reason I hated female opera singers - that awful screeching!
Tebaldi's "Oh mio babbino caro" turned me on to female voices.
I cannot believe that Renata Tebaldi is considered #20 on here. She is #1 on my list. I appreciate Callas but cannot believe she is considered the top #1 singer on this list. Her range and pitch is far more superior and I find her voice to me extremely pure and powerful.
Absolute best tone... Pitch... Phrasing... & not over the top... Just perfectly exquisite and effortless in the top range without belting or screeching. Listen to her 'best" album songs vs. The other best album songs from the other greats (Callas, Price, Southerland) & she is incomparable.
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25Diana Damrau
Diana Damrau is incomparable. Her high notes, unlike most sopranos, are not jarring and don't pierce the air, but rather, lightly float and touch your heart and soul. She rolls her R's perfectly and has one of the most gorgeous voices ever.
Diana Damrau is for me the best of all bests! She is exquisite! Check out her as the Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute, she is simply breath taking! One word: AMAZING!
Queen of the Night -Magical performance
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26Sissel Kyrkebo
I love Sissel's beautifully clear tone and the versatility of her voice. I think I especially appreciate that she doesn't have that typical "vibrato" that you tend to get with opera singers, and yet sings classical pieces amazingly.
I can listen to Sissel all night and all day. She has the cleanest and clearest singing voice I have ever heard in 60 years and her pitch is perfect. She can sing anything, from pop and folk right on up to opera.
Crystal Clear voice, and with perfect control. Can't help falling for her voice. no one beside and no one above!
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27Ghena Dimitrova
The voice of XX century!

28Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
A voice that takes you further than you can possibly imagine.

29Ann Sofie von Otter
An admirable singer and a charming person.

30Rosa Ponselle
A great singer with a great technique and musicality.
Anyone who knows anything about voices will agree
Rosa would sing rings around most all of these mentioned and was at least on a par with Callas and Sutherland. People need to re-acquaint themselves with her as Rosa was THE DIVA in the 20' and 30's while performing with Caruso at the Met. Callas has said that Rosa was one of her first idols so please give a listen as you will not be disappointed.

31Mirella Freno
Mirella Freni possesses one of the most opulent, expressive voices ever heard. She is loved by all who worked with her and has always been humble about her gift. A Great Artist.
*Mirella Freni

True Italian musician. Sang for 5 decades, winning over the hearts of the opera world. Conductor H.V. Karajan was quoted saying once that if he could have any voice, Freni's would be his first choice. The passion for music, not just opera, but music is heart wrenching. Her astounding technique and acting skills don't hurt either. One of the best singers of our time.

32Malena Ernman
Malena has the most beautifull voice on the planet, her sence of humour is amazing, just a beautifull woman allroud

33Edda Moser
A powerful voice, incredible performance at The queen of the Night. Very impressive technique with an exquisite staccato...definitively one of the greatest female singers of all time.

34Raina Kabaivanska
Beautiful voice, Beautiful and talented actress and strong presence on the stage!

35Carla Maffioletti
Has an absolutely gorgeous and uplifting voice after hearing her beautiful singing at a concert was humming the tune all the time after and still do. Have found her beautiful Blue Bird CD on iTunes which I'm really enjoying listening too.
Words can't express the warmth and beauty Carla exudes. She truly is a wonderful singer.
Carla is, in my opinion, perfection in every department. Voice, acting ability, personality, and personal beauty. Wonderful!
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36Frederica von Stade
I second that! What a pure and steady tone quality in here voice!
Something undefinable and unique sets her apart for me. A voice full of warmth and expression.
Beautiful rich tone. My favorite.
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37Aria Tesolin

38Agnes Baltsa
An outstanding rich dramatic mezzo and one of the greatest Carmens ever - especially in the final act. Her O Don Fatale from Don Carlos is a powerhouse of a performance - but she was not the best at Rossini esp compared to Cecelia Bartoli's note precision.

39Anna Moffo
How can we forget the most beautiful woman in opera. she would be the best coloratura in the 1960's and 1970's if dame joan sutherland did not exist.
Just a beautiful voice, love her Caro Nome!

40Beverly Sills
She is the reason I started listening to opera as a kid. I was just fascinated by her.
She brought me to opera
One of the originals!
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41Soile Isokoski
A heavenly voice. A fine artist.
She is one of the best of european woman opera singers
The most beautoful voice in the world. Simply and truly!

42Joyce DiDonato
Joyce is a great singer. She is still very young but has a real strong, full voice. She came through the Houston Grand Opera Studio and it was a thrill to watch he grow to the great singer she is now.
Really coming into her own in 2012/13. Her Maria Stuarda at the Met was phenomenal.
Gorgeous, especially 'UNA VOCE POCO FA! '

43Deanna Durbin
Sublime does not really cover it. Her occasional sojourns into opera were so beautiful
I'd like to comment on this lovely soprano but the earlier entry won't accept it. Deanna would be in her 90s now, but her voice was exceptional as a young woman. She was one of the most popular young women in movies in the forties and fifties and made many films, which are still available now, before she married and retired to a country life in France. There was never any publicity about her after that. However, she left a wonderful legacy - her mvovies.

44Amira Willighagen
It is true that Amira does not currently perform opera as "technically" or as "proficiently" as does the likes of Jackie Evancho. That said, I believe Amira has a MUCH MORE powerful and authentic voice than even Evancho had at her age... And all that WITHOUT any official vocal training.

I believe Amira has the vocal talent and IF she desires; will soon eclipse Evancho. If that occurs, eventually be ranked among the top five female opera singers of the 20th Century.
Amira surpasses anyone else who ever sung before, at her age. She has a very clear, strong and expressive voice. Very controlled and sings with real emotion. Amira has all the potential to become a Wagnerian soprano, the best of the 21st century. Amira needs to take up music lessons and study to bring her potential to where it belongs. All ingredients are there to become top of the list.
Amira willighagen has such a STRONG voice, especially for a 9 year old. She looks like an angel sent to sing our cares away. Amazing.
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45Lesley Garrett
One of the best we have in opera or crossover
She is the best opera singer with the personality to go with it
I AM IN A dream world

46Tatiana Troyanos

47Leona Mitchell
Beautiful voice, beautiful woman.

48Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson is a ISn't she the voice of Walt Disney's Snow White because she was really NIghtingale...
Her voice and her beauty was amazing I love this voice she sings like a Nightingale so talented

49Gohar Gasparyan
She had an unmatched range and unbelievable clarity of the voice. Unfortunately since the Soviet Union was a closed society, she didn't get a chance to be exposed to the world the way she deserved it.
Gohar Gasparyan was one of the greatest coloratura sopranos of the 20th century. She had amazing voice and she was really a great opera singer.
She is a great singer

50Sonya Yoncheva

51Patricia Petibon

52Julia Novikova
Saw this girl on the Placido Domingo Gala Concert recently, she is absolutely amazing. I usually prefer Tenors, but she is really outstanding and should be way way up this list.
Had the great pleasure of listening to her on a concert in Bahrain, she is one of the persons that makes a unforgetable mark on your life! Awesome performance.
Absolutely amazing Susanna in Teatro Colon.

53Inva Mula
This is the woman who captured non classical listeners, and blew there socks off when she did the voice of plavalaguana in the movie the fifth element if you have never heard this watch that moie and you will see not only is that n awesome movie but that part makes my heart stop, she is a timeless albanian soprano who should have been on this list!

54Vesselina Kasarova
One for individuality and versatility.

55Victoria de los Angeles
I don't know who is voting here, but is obvious that don't know so much about opera. What is doing this angelic voice in the 68? Should be the second
She was rated 3rd after Maria Callas and Joan Sitherland at one time. Her Madame Butterfly is legendary. Judith Jones
I am from Barcelona, and I have always found her better than Caballé
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56Karita Mattila
I've heard many of the best singers live, but she impressed me most for the rich beauty of her voice.

57Maria Kesselman

58Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi
The most flexible, yet consistent ranged voice I've ever heard. Not only a perfect voice - but a talented actress and dancer too! Also, apart from being extremely beautiful - Tsaky is also extremely modest, as she has a beautiful personality too.

Vote for someone who actually deserves the professional recognition of a fantastically, superb talent - PLEASE!
Once heard... never forgotten, to those with an experienced ear. Simply unprecedented flexible range, combining a heavenly voice with not only beauty - but unusually, also superb acting skills - in a wonderful, yet modest Sowetoen girl.. who loves to dance!

Her Facebook information page, about her starring roles, including Porgy & Bess (in many countries), Carmen Jones and the star of Winnie - the opera (the life of Winnie Mandela).
Tsakane is a very beautiful girl and has a beautiful voice.

59Kimmy Skota
She is an international opera singer and watch her she is going to shoot up to the top soon.
She is an amazing singer. I love her voice.

60Dawn Upshaw
Dawn Upshaw is an American soprano described as "one of the most consequential performers of our time" by the Los Angeles Times.
I love Dawn Upshaw
Dawn is the greatest soprano singing today.

61Risë Stevens

62Anna Caterina Antonacci

63Sierra Boggess
Sierra is the angel of music
Her voice is amazing

64Sena Jurinac

65Lily Pons

66Malin Hartelius

67Olga Peretyatko
I wonder who made this list and when? Miss Peretyatko should have been selected among the first 10 best.
On of the best singers of her generation! I've heard her in Salzburg as Giunia and in Arena di Verona as Gilda! OUTSTANDING! And beautiful lady!

68Lori Lewis

69Patricia Janeckova
Fifteen year old Slovak soprano. Won Talent Mania in 2011 (? ) and is fast tracking her operatic training very successfully. Beautiful young woman with loads of talent!

70June Anderson
Anderson is not as good as joan sutherland. but no one is. on this list, june anderson is second only to sutherland. that tarja turunen is awful. she's not even close to an opera singer, more like pop. and she needs a microphone so she should be deleted from this list.
If joan sutherland is a 10, anderson is a 7.

71Elisabeth Schumann

72Nina Rautio

73Adelina Patti
The recordings from 1905-06 were when she was over 60. Verdi said about her she was the top singer of his century. She performed in front of Lincoln in 1862.

74Janet Baker
This listener went out of his way to hear Dame Janet Baker at every opportunity afforded listeners in the United States. Her ability to express text was unbelievably true. Hearing her "Air de Lia" from Debussy's "L'Enfant Prodique", (an aria sung by the mother of the Prodigal Son) was so powerful an experience that one felt the repetitions of the mother calling out the son's name came literally from Baker's womb. Do not be put off by that sentence. To have experienced Baker's interpretation created a moment never to be forgotten.
She had the strength of artistry to program Schubert's "Gretchen am Sinnrade" in a recital at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC (the most critical and discerning of audiences). The ovation after the song reflected how clear and passionate her interpreting had been. As a recitalist she was the greatest of artists.
Her final movement of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" stands alone as one of the great performances of the piece.
A rich, full voice that sings Mahler better than most messo-sopranos. Definitely, one of my personal favorites.

75Aubrey Ashburn

76Mojca Erdmann

77Ileana Cotrubas

78Ermonela Jaho
From Albania -opera singer - Opera Houses all over the world

79Bidu Sayao
Perfect voice. Humble and so brilliant. Ruled the Metropolitan Opera from 1937 to 1952.

80Grace Bermingham
Beautiful voice of this Irish Soprano. Sings also with Good Works Opera fundraising for charitable causes. Grace has participated in many performances such as ‘Songs of Praise’, BBC Radio, R.T.E. Philharmonic Choir, Lyric Opera and Opera Ireland.

81Miliza Korjus
Made only one film, "The Great Waltz", the story of Strauss. Her range was incredible. She would start her runs where a lot of sopranos left off. A beautiful blonde with a sparkling personality.

82Elizabeth Futral

83Margaret Price

84Patricia Racette
Clearly, one of the best Butterfly's around. Her performance is so amazing and her voice has such emotion!

85Sylvia Sass

86Emma Matthews
An exquisite coloratura voice with great dynamic range and dramatic sensitivity. Should be on the world class stage.
She is Emma Matthews, what more is there to say?
She is an amazing actress with a voice to die for. La Stupenda, Dama Joan Sutherland herself was a great supporter of her. Emma has taken on many roles that Joan was famous for, such Lakme, La Traviata and the show that earned Joan the nickname La Stupenda, Lucia. Her mad scene is amazing.

87Ruxandra Donose

88Elena Mosuc
She made big progress

89Astrid Varnay
Ruled the Wagnerian world between the reigns of Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson.

90Bidu Sayao

91Jenna Dearness-Dark
A young talented singer - new on the scene and only 17 years of age. Like Mirusia Louwerse born in Queensland, Australia and also has a Dutch Oma.

92Marie-Josée Lord
She might not be well-knowned but she is a great singer... just watch her...

93Lyne Fortin
She has a traditional and purist approach of her art and a very critical view of opera. Its performance was acclaimed and rewarded many times, both for her voice, the correctness of her play and her presence on stage.
She is known for the correctness of her diction in English, Spanish, Italian and German.

94Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux became the first Canadian to win the Prix de la Reine Fabiola (1st Prize) and the Special Prize of the Lied Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. This prestigious award was known to the international community and allowed her to perform in recital and opera and concerts with major orchestras.

95Barbara Hendricks

96Grace Bumbry
A rich lovely voice.

97Conchita Supervia

98Joan Hammond
The most beautiful voice ever

99Mimi Coertse
Why is not on the list?

100Renata Scotto
Great singer, great actress.

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