Best Opera Singers

Self evident. Listings of all opera stars, male and female of all vocal ranges who have been heard in person or on recordings. Criterion is voice quality, vocal production (placement and breath control), and artistry (musicianship and understanding of the idiom).

The Top Ten

1 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

Surely the great pavarotti is better than caruso!

His voice killed me.

King of High C's is the greatest opera singer, the greatest SINGER, and that is undeniable.

Pavarotti is the greatest sing that has ever lived. Caruso is absoloutly amazing and has one hell of a voice, but Pavoroti is something else. - Listmaking

2 Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso

While the quality of sound limits the ability to judge beauty, this is the best produced and most powerful of voices. Listen, for example to Nina. No one else can sing like this. Remember that when he auditioned for Mascagni, the later said "Who sent you to me - God? " - acchione

3 Kirsten Flagstad

The greatest of Wagnerian sopranos, generally recognized as without peer. The voice had great beauty and power as befits the need of the idiom. - acchione

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4 Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident. V 2 Comments
5 Maria Callas Maria Callas Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI, was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. V 2 Comments
6 Joan Sutherland

She should be at the top of this list. She was voted #1 in TheTopTens' "10 greatest sopranos" and #2 in TheTopTens' "10 best female opera singer". She is the Queen of Opera.

Dame Joan should be at the top of the list.

Joan Sutherland should be at the top of the list by far!

The author of this post decides on who he/she wants to be the best. Don't bother to vote. Your vote won't count.

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7 Ezio Pinza

The most distinctive of voices, Pinza was the ultimate cantabile basso. His Don Giovanni is legendary. A great natural talent who never study singing and was at home in all opera (and Broadway - S. Pacific). He made his debut at the Met singing Boris Godunov in Italian (the other principles sang in French, the chorus in Russian) - acchione

8 Beniamino Gigli

The most beautiful voice. While lacking the weight and power of the Caruso voice, his singing was sensuous and seductive. Before his voice changed, he was acclaimed for his singing of Norma! - acchione

9 Aria Tesolin
10 Rosa Ponselle

Like Caruso, her recordings do not allow us to hear the full quality of her voice - but there is no question of her musicianship or quality and power of voice. Clearly the greatest of Italian sopranos against whom all others are measured - acchione

The Contenders

11 Feodor Chaliapin

What few recordings exist demonstrate the greatest of singing actors.
The "greatest recordings of the century disc" shows a phenomenal portrayal of Boris. - acchione

12 Plácido Domingo

Again, a great voice and most versatile of all.

13 Ebe Stignani

The great Mezzo Soprano's greatness can be heard in the Norma duet and the recording of the Verdi Requiem with Gigli and Pinza. - acchione

14 Leonard Warren

Our great baritone is without peer among many many great baritones.
When he auditioned at the Met. One of the judges wanted to disqualify him because he thought he was mouthing a recoding of a great singer - he could not believe his ears. He died on stage at 48 years old signing Forza del Destino. - acchione

15 Fritz Wunderlich
16 Jussi Bjoerling

While perhaps Domingo belongs here, Bjoerling is a greater musician with a better voice. There exists a wonderful recording of him singing as a boy. The clincher is his recording of Lensky's aria from Onegin. - acchione

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17 Leontyne Price

She has the best voice, ever!

18 Dame Janet Baker

The UK system produces a large number of great musicians.
After the incomparable horn player, Denis Brain, she is the best.
Listen especially to the Elgar "Sea Songs" and Taube's song in the Schoenberg "Gurre Lieder" - acchione

19 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza
20 Carmen Monarcha

Our contemporary diva. Best actress since Callas and a voice to die for and charisma to spare.

Her voice is gorgous, her acting is emotional (in opera as in her own shows) - and then those big brown eyes! - but just listen to her and you'll vote for her right away...

Nice to see Carmen on this list ahead of say, Netrebko or Garanca. Truth is Carmen has greater charm and communicates really well with an audience.
Also her ability to drop from soprano into mezzo and contralto and
Occasionally deliver a good coloratura performance is commendable and her control between piano and forte is really good. She sings from the heart which is a great quality and acts well like Callas did and she is a good dancer too. Can play classical violin, cello and piano. All in all she is really rather special.

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Andrea Bocelli
2. Maria Callas
3. Joan Sutherland
1. Enrico Caruso
2. Kirsten Flagstad
3. Ezio Pinza
1. Joan Sutherland
2. Renata Tebaldi
3. Mario Lanza

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