Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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41Amira 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 willighagen has such a STRONG voice, especially for a 9 year old. She looks like an angel sent to sing our cares away. Amazing.

Her CD is a masterpiece of matching young Amira's voice to the presented songs via their arrangements... and the order in which presented. Amira can definitely hit the high notes and her voice has the power to fill the auditorium or theater.

She has such an amazing voice, so touching and beautiful. My name is also Amira! I really love her new album

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42Lucia 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.

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43Joyce 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.

The absolute best mezzo of our time. Immaculate technique, impeccable diction and great artistry too. She gives so much depth to every role she portrays.

"She has resurrected the opera world by bringing life to the stage and meaning to the composition while still staying true to who she is."

Joyce makes me love opera more than any other kind of music. Her sound, passion and acting ability are just phenomenal

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44Edda 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.

The depth of tone in her dramatic coloratura was unparalleled.

Listen to her queen of the night

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45Deanna Durbin

Sublime does not really cover it. Her occasional sojourns into opera were so beautiful

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46Lesley Garrett

She is the best opera singer with the personality to go with it

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47Cecilia Bartoli

Your singing for the sake of music. Every person on this list you shouldn't compare yourselves to others believe in your own talents and work them for your name

Cecilia is the world's best mezzo soprano. Her beautiful, rich, expressive voice, passionate performances and stunning beauty make for the ultimate in operatic entertainment. She belongs in the top 10.

Cecilia is the very best female singer I have ever watched and listened. She is a wonderful woman!

Cecilia Bartoli's voice is from heaven. I think she's number 1.

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48Gohar 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.

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49Sonya Yoncheva

She will be the best in the future!

She should be in the top 10 already

50Kathryn 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

51Inva Mula

Inva Mula tops my list for most pleasing delicately beautiful voice

Just watch 5th element (you'll see)

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!

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52Patricia Petibon

She is a fantastic French singer witch great facial expressions, I love her with her bright red hair and she should be higher in this list.

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53Julia Novikova

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.

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54Kimmy Skota

Too bad she left the opera, though congratulations to the contributions she wants to make to church. I am not sure I have ever heard such effortless quality to a soprano voice. Look her up on YouTube. She is my #1 and it isn't even close. It isn't just that power and tone but it is the way it comes out so effortlessly.

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.

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55Patricia 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!

This young girl's performances always give smile to my face because of her voice and its greatness. She's a great opera singer that will represents Czechoslovakia.

At 16 years old she continues to achieve new heights very talented young woman

Outstanding/superb young opera singer with a very bright future!

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56Anna 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!

Great voice singing the bell song so sweet and angelic should be higher than 53

Where is Anna Moffo in at least the top 20?

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57Aleksandra Kurzak

Beautiful voice and fantastic acting on the stage. Love her Chopin pieces and her Gilda (Rigoletto) is absolutely smashing!

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59Karita Mattila

I've heard many of the best singers live, but she impressed me most for the rich beauty of her voice.

I have seen here several times at stage in opera and concerts. Great Diva with great voice!

60Janet Baker

A rich, full voice that sings Mahler better than most messo-sopranos. Definitely, one of my personal favorites.

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.

Great and most famous for her role in Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice. No one sings that aria better than Dame Janet... "Que Faro, sensa Eurydice".

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