Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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21Sissel 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!

Not only musically gifted, she is a rare beauty both physically and in her person.

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22Sumi Jo

Only because she's an Asian, so many people don't appreciate her amazing vocal! She totally deserves to be at least top 8

Magical! Fantastic in Mozart's Magic Flute!

Lately there is more and more great South Korean operatic singers coming and Sumi Jo is definitely the start of that trend! She is really gifted with a crystal clear voice and a light tone. She never seems to struggle and I don't think I ever heard her voice been pushed, even in the extreme high register, it's just there! Her interpretation of Vavilov's Ave Maria is outstanding

Pure and delicate she is a crystal voice that amazes us all!

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23Marian 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.

24Diana Damrau

Seriously listen to diana's performances of the Queen of the night. THIS LADY HITS HIGH NOTES NO OTHER SOPRANO COULD DREAM OF HITTING. Diana is simply heavenly!

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!

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.

Should be MUCH further up on this list! wonderful actress and performer

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25Malena Ernman

Fantastic voice and wonderful expression of the charactors she portrayed.

Not only is she an amazing mezzo but she also has a great sence of humor and stage presence. She's not afraid to try diffrent things and were even part of the Eurovision song contest in 2009 making opera accessible to more people.

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

26Ann Sofie von Otter

An admirable singer and a charming person.

27Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

A voice that takes you further than you can possibly imagine.

Beautiful face, beautiful voice, there will never be another ES

A voice of finesse, sophistication and technique

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28Frederica 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.

An amazing timbre

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29Amelita Galli-Curci

Incredible singer, the benchmark for many sopranos who came after her. The tragedy is that few good recordings exist.

She was the best soprano of all time, She sang with Gigli and all the top opera singers

Amelita enthralls me with the lilting beauty of her voice over 2 CD's, every song.

30Rosa Ponselle

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.

A great singer with a great technique and musicality.
Anyone who knows anything about voices will agree

She was the first all American trained soprano to star at the Met.

The best American soprano ever

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31Ghena Dimitrova
32Agnes 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.

33Carla Maffioletti

Has such a gorgeous singing voice and so uplifting, has me humming all the time! Have just brought her beautiful blue bird album which is so fantastic.

Carla is, in my opinion, perfection in every department. Voice, acting ability, personality, and personal beauty. Wonderful!

This Lady is a Great Wee singer who Always has a smile on her face when she sings and sings from the heart. An Angel on Earth

Was amazed at Carla's from the first time I heard her sing the top range is unbelievable makes the music sound easy

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34Aria Tesolin
35Raina Kabaivanska

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

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36Beverly Sills

She is the reason I started listening to opera as a kid. I was just fascinated by her.

Her silvery voice and long operatic history put her at the top. So I actually wonder why she appears as low as this in the ratings... It's even sad.

Beautiful voice, beautiful person.

What a beautiful voice!

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37Mirella 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.

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38Victoria 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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39Montserrat Marti

Brilliant...especially with Freddie Mercury!

40Soile Isokoski

A heavenly voice. A fine artist.

The finest soprano ever.

She is one of the best of European woman opera singers

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