Best Opera Singersacchione 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
An Angel from God's choir. Jonathan is a gift to the people and should not be taken advantage of. Thank you Jonathan for sharing your gift with us. Thank you for not being selfish with your light and sprinkles.
Such a beautiful voice filled with passion. Once heard it cannot be forgotten. Truly an artist who is making a unique statement and bringing young and old fans to opera. It's about time a fresh new talent makes his mark on the opera.
He's a mere babe in the woods compared to the glorious voices of the established opera singers on this poll. Definitely not number 1 on any of the polls.74 Comments
Oh for goodness sake! No other singer, dead of alive, young or old, has the MAGNIFICENT OPERATIC VOICE of the MIGHTY LUCIANO PAVAROTTI!
Luciano Pavarotti wasn't a beginner, he ruled the operatic world during his lifetime & his GLORIOUS OPERATIC VOICE continues to enthrall people all over the world.
The BEST opera singer of EVERY century.
Surely the great pavarotti is better than caruso!14 Comments
Norwegian...enough! - torsja29
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
Likely the greatest male voice of all time, although only primitive recordings exist from his era. Definitely the ONLY person for whom a credible argument can be made that he is greater than Pavarotti.
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
I watched the music of silence. fell in love with his voice right away.💯God took away his eyes, and in return blessed him the most angelic voice ever
Best all can I say
I dunno what to say
She was (is) wonderful.
La Divina should be at the top of every list.
Brilliant voice and I think basses and baritones are underestimated in such rankings.
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
A simply extraordinary voice.
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!8 Comments
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
Again, a great voice and most versatile of all.
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
What few recordings exist demonstrate the greatest of singing actors.
The "greatest recordings of the century disc" shows a phenomenal portrayal of Boris. - acchione
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
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
She has the best voice, ever!
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
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
Got a horribly raw deal from the opera world. Lanza also wanted to be a movie star, but such activity was frowned upon by the powers that be. He did several excellent movies anyway, and was then shunned by the opera establishment despite his great voice and talent.
Was born to be an Opera singer..
The one that affected people. Therefore the greatest
Uh hello? Barcelona and Hijo De La Luna
Jackie Evancho is not an opera singer; she is the first to tell you that, and often corrects interviewers who call her one. Jackie has utmost respect for the years of study and practice needed to be an opera singer. She is a Classical Crossover singer, like Sarah Brightman or Josh Groban. Media and headline writers who often have no knowledge of the difference are responsible for any errors in labeling.
Read the details about this list! It says it's been voted on 0 times! So there must be not voted on by some errors on this poll! Nilsson was the voice.
She is the prima donna at the met these days.
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.
One of the greatest but he has too much saliva in his mouth when he sings. I once read that a good tenor should have a lot of saliva in his mouth but Franco Corelli had too much.
She is just so amazing she even sang and people started to cry
Perhaps the finest Italian dramatic tenor since Caruso - acting, dedication to the art, gorgeous voice - he had it all.
He is a great Opera singer, and I think he should be on this list because he is good, Andrew's voice is fantastic at opera singing, I think it is good that he sings in the choir.
Thes best Tenor of our times...
Beautiful pieces, beautiful voice! You sing such beautiful arias, and Schuberts ave Maria! Your Casta Diva sounds so beautiful!
Related ListsTop Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers Best Male Opera Singers Top 10 Singers from Whose Vocal Technique One Can Learn the Most (Excluding Opera Singers) Top 10 Singers with the Best Vibrato (Excluding Opera Singers) Top 10 Reasons Why Opera Singers Tend to Be Plump
List StatsCreated 3 Feb 2013
6 years, 285 days old
Top Remixes (7)
2. Maria Callas
3. Joan Sutherland
2. Renata Tebaldi
3. Mario Lanza
2. Renee Fleming
3. Beverly Sills
View All 7