10 Greatest Sopranos of All Time


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21 Lily Pons

Absolutely beautiful voice and beautiful person.

Her voice is better than the clarinet...

22 Pumeza Matshikiza
23 Lucia Popp

If the main thing is beauty of sound and purity of voice, this is THE goddess of singing... She possessed the most beautiful voice ever.

How ridiculous. This lady has to be in the top 3. The other two might be Sutherland and Janowitz. Kiri and Ileana are up there also. Popp is special though - and a real beauty.

Clearest and cleanest voice of them all!

I cannot see past Lucia Popp as the very best ever. Mozart would have loved her

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24 Mirella Freni
25 Angel Blue
26 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman

I've heard them all. Sarah leaves them all for dead. She has sold more records than any soprano ever. Sarah has supreme presence and wonderful acting abilities.


Most loveliest voice I have ever heard - this must be heaven...

Very high note hitting was the forte of Erna Sack.

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27 Nellie Melba
28 June Anderson
29 Anna Moffo

Of the many sopranos I have heard over my 71 years, Anna Moffo had the clearest, most accurate, warmest, most 'open' voice. Her interpretations of the characters she played, were among the most musical and realistic of anyone else. She did receive some censure and criticism for her forays into the pop world, which in her day was anathema to an operatic career. Personally, I think it served to demonstrate her abilities beyond that of opera.

Anna Moffo has been underrated for a long time. I totally agree with the comment "She is the best Violleta, Lucia, Butterfly, Rosina as well as Micaela. No one does better than her". Even more, in my opinion, Anna Moffo was the number 1 soprano in all the most popular Italian and French operas!

She is the best Violleta, Lucia, Butterfly, Rosina as well as Micaela. No one does better than her!

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31 Kathleen Battle

Perfect voice, never a strain, always beautiful, filled with feeling. Should be #1

Delicate, subtle, flexible, just brilliant

Amazing Voice Quality should be top 3

One of the most beautiful voice qualities of all time.

32 Scarlett Quigley
33 Amira Willighagen
34 Charlotte Jaconelli

Very promising & young but professional voice.

35 Yma Sumac Yma Sumac

Much too low on this list. Should be ranked 1st. The 20th century greatest singer.

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36 Sissel Kyrkjebø

I have never heard anyone like her, she sings out of her heart and soul and excels at any type of music she chooses. Wish we could see more of her in the United States

Just has to be one of the best- in voice and presentation

37 Cecilia Bartoli

A most exciting voice with good technique wide range and the very characteristic articulation of notes.
Trevor Ling

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38 Edda Moser

She has even more powerful voice than any of the previous listed sopranos!

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39 Teresa Stich-Randall

One of the purest voices out there, always spot on, and with ravishing interpretations. Listen to her versions of "An die Musik" Haendel's "In Praise of music" and Bach's "Jauchzet Gott"

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40 Natalie Dessay

Owww come on the mad scene from Lucia Di Lammermoor or the Queen of the night aria from the Magic Flute... Breath taking

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