10 Greatest Sopranos of All Time

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61Alex Sharpe
62Alexandria Sharpe
63Victoria Lukyanets
64Felicity Lott
65Kathryn Grayson

She had an absolutely charming voice, and her performance was mesmerizing.

66Rita Streich

This Austrian nightingale certainly belongs to this list

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68Frances Alda

All American heroine. Loved by the troops.

A great soprano. Sang with Enrico Caruso. Official soprano of the US Government in 1917, and gave a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise to send off the boys "Over There".

69Virginia Zeani

Romanian born soprano who had an international career and who holds the record for the most performances of Violetta from Verdi's La Traviata (over 648). She made her La Scala debut as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare and later went on to perform Blanche from Poulnec's Dialogues of the Carmelites at the same theatre (she was the personal selection of the composer). She started her career with the works of Bellini, Donizetti, and others of the bel canto repetoire and concluded with the heavier works of Puccini, Verdi, etc., having lost none of the vocal bloom and beauty that were her trademarks.

Virginia Zeani was La prima DONNA ASSOLUTA of the 50s 60s and 70s... Callas and Tebaldi had the promotion, Virginia had THE VOICE!

I heard Virginia Zeani in the early 1960s in the years when I also heard Callas, Sutherland, Regine Crespin and Birgit Nilsson. As she made few commercial recordings she was less famous internationally but she was unquestionably their equal. She had a glorious voice, of a dark timbre, tinged with sadness. Her performances were thrilling, for she sang with far more passionate commitment than other singers. She was unequalled as Violetta and her vibrant yet soft top As in "Addio del passato" were the most beautiful sounds I ever heard.

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70Diana Damrau

Beautiful high notes and great energy onstage! Diana will certainly leave a legacy as far as coloratura is concerned.

71Anita Cerquetti

Although she had a relatively short career of about 10 years, she was a sensational lirico spinto who shook the opera scene profoundly. Renowned for her Norma, she is the one who replaced Callas during the infamous "Rome walkout" when Callas left a performance being atte3nded by the Italian Prime Minister. Like many other greats (Zeani, Olivero, Gencer, etc., ) she made few commercial studio recordings (one aria disc and one complete opera) but left a legacy of live recordings which shine light on her great artistry.

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