Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

The Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

1 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.

She created her own art, and some people hated it because it wasn't classically beautiful, but who cares it sounded way better and she is by far not only the most talented soprano of all time, but her veracity, her willingness to show facts, accuracy, and honesty in very aspect of her career is so amazing even on top of all her talent. She didn't care about beauty as much as she cared about creating her own honest style that to this day has changed the way sopranos sing, she was honest and cared solely about what she wanted to accomplish and not what everyone else thought if her. She broke through with unbelievable talent that was her own individual sounds that were out of the norm, but were so amazing. I hate opera singers apt just because I find orbiting, although they do hAve some of the most astonishingly and amazingly beautiful voices, it's just not my genre of choice. Without callas being the first soprano to breakout of the norm of society, and create her ow even more amazing ...more

It's Maria Callas, does anything else need to be said but, anyway easily the greatest female opera singer of all time. The love of her life wasn't another human but, opera music and when one listens to her singing you can instantaneously hear that love. She also, possessed a great ability to be able to sing the greatest love of her life and, in doing so provided the world with the greatest opera singer the world has ever seen. Marvellous Maria Callas, your legacy will live forever!

Decades after Callas's death and her legend lives on. Ask the person in the street to name a female opera singer and chances are the answer will be, "Maria Callas" - the same cannot be said for others on this list! Callas's interpretations may not always have been the most technically accurate, but her emotion, passion and soul shone through. And isn't that what art is all about? The ability to stir something inside you that cannot always be explained? It is rather like Monet's "smears" and "blobs". At face value they are not technically art, but when you look at the whole picture, it is beautiful... For me, Callas's vocal range was unsurpassed by others of her genre, which gave her the most amazing versatility. Plus she was a person who refused to conform to a mould, especially in a time when women tended to have less freedom than they enjoy now. Yes, she made mistakes, but Callas's honesty made her human and a beautiful person. And for all of these reasons, her legend lives on.

Just finished watching a documentary on this lady. Simply impeccable!

2 Joan Sutherland

Probably the greatest diva in the millenium. All other divas should strive for the perfection of her technique and evocative and moving interpretations. Luciano Pavarotti called her the voice of the century - Sherrill Milne said in one interview he felt pained to sing on cue as it seemed rude to interrupt such an equisite performance. Peers are the best judges and you have to go with them. Of course, this is all subjective but the respect of her peers - the truly knowledgeable in my judgement makes her the greatest of all time.

Dame Joan Sutherland is in my opinion the best soprano of all time: Perfect technique, pure and rich voice and great interpretation skills.

Voice of unmatched beauty and skill. In her later years, as with most, she had difficulty with her middle range. Yet in her prime, she had control that was unmatched by any other coloratura! Her vocal acrobatics in the Bell Song or The Mad Scene from Lucia the Lamamoor were pure and perfect and never equalled by any other soprano!

Much better than Callas in my opinion. Perfect pitch, intonation, better range and all out perfection.

3 Renee Fleming

Experiencing her art and voice live was a bucket list dream before I had ever heard the term or reached an age when I needed to. Twenty years on now, for me she is simply nonpareil.

Fleming voice is not one of the most beautiful voices of all time. It is too strident in certain sections, too shrill in others, and lacks uniformity throughout. She should not be on this list!

She has turned me on to oprea, after listening to her sing

By far the most beautiful voice on the opera stage today. Her ability to express different emotions is unique! For me she stays number one. I listened to her way back in the 80's when she participated in the Unisa singers competition in South Africa. Even then the quality was unique and promising. I was fortunate to meet her again in 2009 when she visited South Africa.

4 Tarja Turunen Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. more.

Her voice is just stunning. When she sings Ave Maria I get shivers!
She is both mesmerizing and very talented. Despite all of her talent and voice, she is a really sweet person. I've met her in person, got an autopgraph and a picture with her, and all I can say is, that she is one of the sweetest people I've meet. Beauty, voice, talent together with kindess - perfection!

She is the best singer this world ever gave birth to!
She's not just a good opera singer... She also has a unique voice and the feelings she conveys while singing are simply stunning and unbeatable.

Only Tarja could make me cry!

That moment when you're so talented that you get 4th on a list of opera singers while you generally sing metal.

She is just... unique.
Tarja is Tarja, and no one can beat that.
I know her technique is not perfect, but who has a perfect technique?
Besides, her voice is just gorgeous, and there is no technique that can teach that to anyone.

5 Leontyne Price

L am in shock to see Leontyne Price in the 22nd spot on your list considering some of the previous ones. It is very clear to me that the voters are not familiar with her work nor her struggles as an african- american in the world of opera and else where. The opportunities were not the same for all; nevertheless her talent could not be suppress.
I experienced her performance of Aida at the Met and at her retirement in the same role; it was absolutely breath taking. She was regal and so was her voice. Review your list!

This great singer inspired me to become and study opera, before I became a composer. Her voice is one of the rare gifts to humanity. Very few real dramatic soprano's are born with the richness and range displayed in Ms. Price's voice, nor is there the dynamic richness and beauty of her voice. My first introduction to her came from records of her opera Aida, along with Porgy and Bess, when I was just 10 years old; with her ex-husband. There is only one singer today that I strongly see as having the level of interpretive phrasing and vocal quality of Leontyne Price... and that would be Renee Flaming, after that the other pale in vocal quality.

Leontyne Price was my mother's favorite female opera singer in the '50s. Mom's favorite performance was Ms. Price in Ll Trovatore. Time magazine called her voice, "Rich, supple and shining. It was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C. "

Arguably the most beautiful voice of the twentieth century. She is reputed to have said backstage at the San Francisco Opera, "The Lord, He left me the "high." And the middle and the low. And she had Perfect pitch, never singing a note off center. The greatest of artists.

6 Dame Kiri te Kanawa

Her voice is as smooth as silk! I get chills when I hear her sing!
I had the pleasure of meeting Dame Kanawa on a flight that I was a working
Crew member. She was ever so gracious & so humble when I acknowledged her
& mentioned how much I enjoyed hearing her on PBS' Great Performances. After the service was completed she took the time to come into the galley & personally thank us for our professional & personal service.

She has such depth of soul and breadth of vocal repertory. She sings from the heart.

All though I think many "up-and-coming" women may eventually have better voices, I think all females in the opera world wish to be like her.

Simply loved her voice. Dame Kiri te Kanawa came out of humble beginnings and fought through discrimination in New Zealand in the early days to win an opportunity for music education at the Royal Conservatory and achieved world wide musical fame for her talent and performance. Recently retired at 72, Dame Kiri te Kanawa has accomplished much recognition for her people and for New Zealand.

7 Montserrat Caballé

La Superba! Listen to her rendition of Puccini's 'O Mio Babbino Caro' and then tell yourself Sarah Brightman is a better "Opera" singer. This lady is in a league all her own. Number one all the way!

A depth and range of voice that is so effortless and only a stone heart could not be moved.
She is unsurpassed in her many roles and her recording of songs from her native land is quite superb.

Ms Caballe completely captures the soul of the momment in her voice and delivery. She also has such a radiant personality that sheer beauty shines through in her presence.

I love her Barcelona piece. I enjoyed that so much that it inspired me to listen to several of her other operas. Because of my adoration of freddie mercury, I have discovered this womans beautiful voice.

8 Kirsten Flagstad

Had she lived today. Her voice would be more than a distant memory and poor quality recordings. We've never anything like it... Before or since..

One of the most glorious voices of all time

Pandora can't find her in it's search of artists. Now we know the idiots that run that technology don't deserve to handle great music.

She is the best voice of all the time. Who does not know this is ignorant. For sure. Ask the experts.

9 Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, more.

I've been told that there are other prodigies in the world, that prodigy is not as rare as I think, and that Miss Evancho is quite good but not a performer that is nothing less than a treasure for entire world. Well, with the advent of YouTube and streaming music services, it's actually possible to listen to the "others," and that's what they all are -- also-rans. A voice like this can't come along more often that once in a generation, perhaps less often, and it's therefore my belief that that she's the standard by which all others will be judged within a few years. That's why she already should be near the top of this list: she hasn't achieved as much as the others, but the rating here is "the best," not the most enduring or experienced.

This list has the top 11 greatest female opera singers PLUS Jackie Evancho. This is very high praise indeed for a thirteen year old singer. Should you ever doubt her name belongs on this list, listen to her CDs, or go to YouTube and listen. Jackie just naturally reaches her audience the way Opera stars WISH they could reach theirs. These ladies have all worked very very hard over their careers to achieve their positions in Opera, and they certainly deserve their accolades. However, Jackie is such a colossal natural talent, that many believe she deserves a place on this list.

This will be an interesting list in another 10 years.

If there is a voice that provokes disbelief, this is it. When you go to an opera, you expect operatic voices. Here is a child who has been accused of lip synching, (the ultimate compliment) and of being an angel. That her voice can stand alone as one of the best should be proof enough, seeing it's source does make one wonder.

This child's voice is a contrived instrument that will show it's true nature as she grows older. I've heard hundreds of young girls' and young women's voices that are much, much better. Voices that are not pushed beyond their capabilities or darkened to display a much older sound. She is not nor should she be listed in the same category as Kirsten Flagstad or Joan Sutherland. Evancho's voice, if it were trained properly (at the correct age to begin such training) may have revealed a good voice capable of an operatic career when she entered her early twenties, but at her age nothing good will come of it. She will wind up like Charlotte Church, who almost ruined her voice and now is performing pop music. Get this child off this list! She doesn't belong here with the true greats of opera!

10 Carmen Monarcha

Buy the DVD/CD Carmen Monarcha. It has all kinds of great music on it - some well known opera arias and some standards and some by Brazilian composers. Carmen is a rare gift to music - a beautiful voice, great performing skills, great passion and a natural beauty as well.

Carmen Monarcha has a voice that makes you realise what your ears are for, the full package of range, power, tone, interpretation and passion.
When I first heard her sing, I fell off the chair-spellbound by that fantastic voice and stage craft. She can make time stand still, nothing else matters, and you tend to forget to breathe for fear of missing something. Totally captivating, unbelievably good. Carmen-the voice of a Goddess. WOW!

Ms. Monarcha is not only the BEST opera in the world she happens to be the most beautiful as well! Her stage presence is something to be reckoned with in a most spectacular experience!

Your voice touches and eases my soul and pleases my new Heart (It's a Donor's Heart). I love your soprano and cannot stop listening! To see and experience you live with your own shows MUST be so emotional.
- - - and then: you have that gorgeous look too

The Contenders

11 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.

Sorry to burst all your bubbles, but Sarah Brightman is not an opera singer. She's a crossover singer. She doesn't sing with a true opera technique, and how many of her songs that you hear are actually from operas as opposed to being just opera-sounding pop tunes? None of you people actually know what opera singers sound like if you think Sarah Brightman is the best opera singer.

I just want to say that I voted Sarah cause I know no one in particular who is an opera singer. Sarah might be trained to reach the soprano notes, and her voice probably has the operatic touch, but she belongs to the world of theater, not opera. She is fantastic and all, but as an opera singer? I'm not so sure. Her voice is angelic, I know, that is why I don't think she belongs in the opera class. She's more of a theatrical soprano that has a more developed operatic voice of Christine that most, but that voice doesn't fit in to be availed in operatic ways. No hate... I love Sarah, loved her as Christine, loved her as a stage actress, just not an opera singer.


People who do not know or even LIKE opera are posting on this? I mean really, anyone who knows the SLIGHTEST (and I mean slightest, like what it actually is) thing about opera would know that Sarah Brightman is NOT worthy of the list nor is actually an opera singer! GET SOME KNOWLEDGE PEOPLE! OPERA IS A NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT ART FORM AND TAKES YEARS OF TRAINING. IT IS QUITE FRANKLY INSULTING TO SEE THE GREATS OF OPERA COMPARED TO SOMEONE WHO CANNOT EVEN SING IN TUNE!

12 Kathleen Battle

She has such a beautiful light lyric coloratura soprano voice. I love it, but she is a terrible diva

Yeah, really a sweet lovely sound though a very small voice. But it is clear as a bell. She is a stunning woman. Too bad being too much of a diva. But there are other divas who are worse than her and it never hurt their careers. In fact, one of the top contenders for this title happens to be epitomy of a diva.

Lovely voice that I was only once lucky to hear

One of the best voices of the 20th century. No one does Bach like her!

13 Birgit Nilsson

One of the greatest operatic voices who has ever lived. Unsurpassed in Wagner operas.

I totally agree, Birgit Nilsson!

Who have done Turandot or Brunhilde better?

Unparalleled in vocal accuracy. No one can touch her Bruunhilde, Isolde, Salome, Electra, or Dyer's Wife. The fact that she was also a delightful and unpretentious was a bonus. No dramatic soprano has equaled her power and vocal beauty.

14 Mirusia Louwerse

Described as the "Angel of Australia", Mirusia is undoubtedly one of the greatest soprano opera singers of the 21st century. Her accolades speak for themselves:

Youngest winner in history of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Competition.

Has accompanied the world renowned violinist, Andre Rieu on a 6 year world tour.

ARIA Award winner

Lead soloist in Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem".

Apart from her crowning achievements, Mirusia is considered by many to be one of the most down-to-earth and respected celebrities. Her passion for music and helping underprivileged children has made Mirusia an ambassador for two significant foundations:

Australian Children's Music Foundation
Dutch Social Network Foundation

Mirusia's ongoing efforts have raised much needed funds for children in Australia and abroad. Australia is proud and honoured to have such an amazing individual in our music industry!

Mirusia has a beautiful voice, and a passion for her profession. She also appears to care deeply for her audience, and engages with us through her bright smile, and laughter, and occasional joke. She is constantly implementing new ways to be creative on the stage, and I love the fact that her career has expanded and is not just limited to working with Andre. She is also a superb world citizen and donates her time, and effort to various causes which help people and young children. Keep up the great work Mirusia.

Mirusia is truly our Angel of Australia. She is a delight to hear her sing and her ongoing efforts in helping underprivileged children is a testimony to her passion for music and in raising much needed funds for children. She is a beautiful person with a wonderful heart and she deserves all the recognition that she can get. Australia is very proud for have and to know such a wonderful person in Mirusia.

She definitely has the voice of an Angel and brings me to tears all the time. She is beautiful inside and out. What a beautiful person with a stunning voice. I could listen to her all the time!

15 Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne is a mezzo-soprano opera singer with an amazing ability to sing beautiful coloratura passages. She makes her opera roles come alive with superb acting.

Unsurpassed as a mezzo coloratura! Rich, creamy voice with unique gorgeous lower notes. Renee Fleming is my favorite soprano although can't leave out Jessee Norman. A difficult task to pick one favorite. Would prefer picking one from all the voice categories which are many.


Just listen tobernsteins CARMEN

16 Jessye Norman

I heard her sing in a cathedral in Philadelphia accompanied by strings and a jazz orchestra. I'll never forget it. Her voice was gorgeous and full, her emotional expression was superb. She sang arias, jazz and gospel that night. I'm unsophisocated in understanding of operatic music, but she was moving in voice, physical presence and expression. She walked through the cathedral as she sang a set of gospel hymns. She moved like an Egyptian Queen in long, heavy gowns. It brings tears to my eyes to remember it. Wonderful!

Such a rich voice that defies conventional classification. I love sopranos. so many on these list are great to sublime. For me though, Jessye is in a class on her own. Watching her during a performance is like being in the presence of a divine being whose voice penetrates deep into one's soul.

She is one of the reasons I started listening to opera! She is an amazing woman with an amazing gift. Not only can I listen to her sing, I love to listen to her speak. I've watched interviews with her. Her stories about life experiences and her wisdom are captivating. Love her!

Norman deserve the spot under Joan Sutherland. I can't believe why Tarja Turunen is even here. She's an average voice and not an opera singer. Putting Turunen right after Sutherland is an insult to opera. It should be:

1. Sutherland
2. Norman
3. Callas

17 Angela Gheorghiu

I am not a fan of opera, but after listening to Angela, who really sparked the emotions with her passion and voice, I could become a convert.

She is divine! Her magnificent voice, her spellbinding presence, her amazing acting skills and the great respect she has for the music she sings (by choosing productions that respect the music and the composer - I honestly think she is the only one nowadays that doesn't perform in modern productions! ), her ability to capture the public and to spread emotion - all these things make her the only diva in todays opera world..she is probably the last real diva.

Angela Gheorghiu is a magnificent, pure, pure talent. A marvelous voice and incredible woman! Love to see and listen her, so, so much.

Angela pure beautiful voice not as well known as the others follow and listen you will be amazed. I would love to see her live.

18 Elina Garanca

My all time favourite with a voice that's a mixture of honey and gold. I don't care that she doesn't sing F6s. I care that she sings with a brilliant mixture of skill and emotion and in a voice that is One for the Ages. I shall not hear her like again. I believe she is the best singer in opera today.

Brilliant vocalist with personality to match. Always a pleasure to watch her perform.

In 2016, she turns 40. Perhaps the best living mezzo. Terrific!

Beautiful divine voice and a sparkling personality!

19 Anna Netrebko Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is a Russian operatic soprano. She holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenships and resides in Vienna, Austria, and in New York City.

I love the richness and silkiness of her voice. The ease with which she sings and the sincerity of her performance whether performing tragic, romantic or mischievous roles is always delightful. One day I might be lucky enough to see her perform live but in the meantime I depend on and enjoy what I can find on Google.

I just don't get why there is so mush hatred for Netrebko! She is no Callas or Sutherland, but she is probably one of the best sopranos of the modern era...Her voice is crystal clear, rich and warm, with a strong, unforced low register and a powerful top. I think her acting and vocal expression is divine. Her trademark vibrancy in her voice is an awesome highlight.

The reigning Diva of the Met for the past several seasons, Anna has a tonal beauty that truly helps her stand out as the soprano of our time. She's evolved in her career spanning from Bel Canto to Verismo.

The best soprano of our time... No one else sounds anything like her... The vibancy, expression, soulfulness, and warm, sincere commitment to the meaning of the moment. I waited all my life to hear the sound she makes and see the performance skills that are at her fingertips. No one else like her now or ever.

20 Renata Tebaldi

Callas was the reason I hated female opera singers - that awful screeching!
Tebaldi's "Oh mio babbino caro" turned me on to female voices.

I cannot believe that Renata Tebaldi is considered #20 on here. She is #1 on my list. I appreciate Callas but cannot believe she is considered the top #1 singer on this list. Her range and pitch is far more superior and I find her voice to me extremely pure and powerful.

Viewing this singer on YouTube is a lesson in bel canto. Watching her facial position and breath are textbook examples for anyone studying classical operatic technique. It is agreed that Renata Tebaldi, Leontyne Price and Rosa Ponselle had the mopst perfectly balanced voices of the twentieth century. They cannot be put on lists. They are in a class all their own.

Tebaldi clearly should be #1. Why is the greatest singer of the 20th Century #20? This list is wrong, she is in a class all her own.

21 Sumi Jo

Only because she's an Asian, so many people don't appreciate her amazing vocal! She totally deserves to be at least top 8

Magical! Fantastic in Mozart's Magic Flute!

Her voice is like a crystal!

Lately there is more and more great South Korean operatic singers coming and Sumi Jo is definitely the start of that trend! She is really gifted with a crystal clear voice and a light tone. She never seems to struggle and I don't think I ever heard her voice been pushed, even in the extreme high register, it's just there! Her interpretation of Vavilov's Ave Maria is outstanding

22 Marian Anderson

One of the greatest African-American opera singers to have ever lived.

That true great

That's so true great so far down the list.

23 Sissel Kyrkebo

I love Sissel's beautifully clear tone and the versatility of her voice. I think I especially appreciate that she doesn't have that typical "vibrato" that you tend to get with opera singers, and yet sings classical pieces amazingly.

I can listen to Sissel all night and all day. She has the cleanest and clearest singing voice I have ever heard in 60 years and her pitch is perfect. She can sing anything, from pop and folk right on up to opera.

Crystal Clear voice, and with perfect control. Can't help falling for her voice. no one beside and no one above!

Not only musically gifted, she is a rare beauty both physically and in her person.

24 Diana Damrau

Seriously listen to diana's performances of the Queen of the night. THIS LADY HITS HIGH NOTES NO OTHER SOPRANO COULD DREAM OF HITTING. Diana is simply heavenly!

Diana Damrau is for me the best of all bests! She is exquisite! Check out her as the Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute, she is simply breath taking! One word: AMAZING!

Should be MUCH further up on this list! wonderful actress and performer

Diana Damrau is incomparable. Her high notes, unlike most sopranos, are not jarring and don't pierce the air, but rather, lightly float and touch your heart and soul. She rolls her R's perfectly and has one of the most gorgeous voices ever.

25 Frederica von Stade

I second that! What a pure and steady tone quality in here voice!

Something undefinable and unique sets her apart for me. A voice full of warmth and expression.

Beautiful rich tone. My favorite.

An amazing timbre

26 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

A voice that takes you further than you can possibly imagine.

Beautiful face, beautiful voice, there will never be another ES

A voice of finesse, sophistication and technique

The greatest Mozart's singer ever (and the greatest Richard Strauss too).
Perfect pitch, intonation and accent. The most elegant voice ever, and a very talented stage performer too.

27 Amira Willighagen Amira Willighagen is a Dutch soprano singer who won the sixth season of Holland's Got Talent in 2013 at the age of 9.

This girl is #1, and the 26 shown ahead of her is an error on this web site. Those 26 are in FACT, behind her !

We are sorry for our mistake in the ranking order.
Amira Willighagen is The Greatest Female Opera singer on the planet, as far as that goes, she is better than any male opera singers also.

Now 16 years old, she is following in the Charlotte Church path, being more of a pop or crossover singer. It seems the hype on these young girls is just too much pressure on them.

Amira is exceptional. At only age 15, she is already better than at least 24 of the 25 listed ahead of her here.

Even now, at her very young age, Amira Willighagen is the best soprano singer living today.

28 Ann Sofie von Otter

An admirable singer and a charming person.

29 Malena Ernman

Fantastic voice and wonderful expression of the charactors she portrayed.

Not only is she an amazing mezzo but she also has a great sence of humor and stage presence. She's not afraid to try diffrent things and were even part of the Eurovision song contest in 2009 making opera accessible to more people.

Malena has the most beautifull voice on the planet, her sence of humour is amazing, just a beautifull woman allroud

30 Ghena Dimitrova

One of the best to have ever lived!

No doubt, she was the best soprano of the 80's


The voice of XX century!

31 Rosa Ponselle

Rosa would sing rings around most all of these mentioned and was at least on a par with Callas and Sutherland. People need to re-acquaint themselves with her as Rosa was THE DIVA in the 20' and 30's while performing with Caruso at the Met. Callas has said that Rosa was one of her first idols so please give a listen as you will not be disappointed.

A great singer with a great technique and musicality.
Anyone who knows anything about voices will agree

She was the first all American trained soprano to star at the Met.

She was the greatest. No discussion.

32 Amelita Galli-Curci

Incredible singer, the benchmark for many sopranos who came after her. The tragedy is that few good recordings exist.

She was the best soprano of all time, She sang with Gigli and all the top opera singers

Amelita enthralls me with the lilting beauty of her voice over 2 CD's, every song.

Thanks to my Dad introducing me to her by possessing a couple of 12" shellack records Iwas brainwashed into appreciating quality operatic singers.

33 Agnes Baltsa

An outstanding rich dramatic mezzo and one of the greatest Carmens ever - especially in the final act. Her O Don Fatale from Don Carlos is a powerhouse of a performance - but she was not the best at Rossini esp compared to Cecelia Bartoli's note precision.

34 Carla Maffioletti

She has such a massive and yet sweet voice that can reach notes that few have ever attempted. This along with a sweet warm smile will insure she dominates the opera world for years to come.

Has such a gorgeous singing voice and so uplifting, has me humming all the time! Have just brought her beautiful blue bird album which is so fantastic.

Carla is, in my opinion, perfection in every department. Voice, acting ability, personality, and personal beauty. Wonderful!

This Lady is a Great Wee singer who Always has a smile on her face when she sings and sings from the heart. An Angel on Earth

35 Beverly Sills

I remember Beverly Sills as being so much a part of American opera. She was on the cover of Time magazine and made so many public appearances with other types of singers. As a young person at the time, it was because of her that I became interested in opera. She had a fantastic sense of humour and even did a funny skit with, I think, Carole Burnett on her comedy show. And her voice was as rich as the beautiful costumes she used to wear. I only found out recently that she died. She will be greatly missed.

You know it is her the very moment you hear her voice. Only Callas matches her. She also acted the parts with realism. To me wonderful acting adds to the voice. Without it I'm always disappointed

The first of my all time favorites. And no, she should have been in the top 5, not way down here!

She is the reason I started listening to opera as a kid. I was just fascinated by her.

36 Raina Kabaivanska

Best and most Beautiful.

No doubt, she was the best soprano of the 70's

Beautiful voice, Beautiful and talented actress and strong presence on the stage!

37 Mirella Freno

Mirella Freni possesses one of the most opulent, expressive voices ever heard. She is loved by all who worked with her and has always been humble about her gift. A Great Artist.

Her la Boheme with Paverotti is the best I have ever heard.

*Mirella Freni

True Italian musician. Sang for 5 decades, winning over the hearts of the opera world. Conductor H.V. Karajan was quoted saying once that if he could have any voice, Freni's would be his first choice. The passion for music, not just opera, but music is heart wrenching. Her astounding technique and acting skills don't hurt either. One of the best singers of our time.


38 Victoria de los Angeles

I don't know who is voting here, but is obvious that don't know so much about opera. What is doing this angelic voice in the 68? Should be the second

Stunning and perfect voice - second only to Callas

She should be top five!

She should be no. 1 or 2, not 77!

39 Aria Tesolin
40 Lucia 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.

Listen to the song to the moon

The mosr sweet soft voice

Greatest soprano ever in my opinion. Listen to her magic Depuis Le Jour or her Song For the Moon and you will understand how I feel.

41 Edda 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.

No one could ever sing the Queen of the Night like she did. She was truly menacing in that role.

The depth of tone in her dramatic coloratura was unparalleled.

Listen to her queen of the night

42 Patricia Janeckova

Patricia puts to shame all of the critics who claim child "opera" stars cannot go on to perform real opera. She has already performed in a magnificent production of "Acis and Galatea" and gives hour-long concerts, destroying the claim that prodigies can only sustain the strain for a few minutes. She tops high C's without strain, is actually maintaining her career after her initial blastoff, and can look beautiful at the same time. She has a rare voice--not only magnificently talented, but also incredibly pure AND technically astounding as well, topping Jackie, Amira, Laura, and Charlotte Church all at the same time. They are surprisingly talented--Patricia is true genius. And many opera singers are technically skilled but have rough-sounding or impure voices, or otherwise have pretty voices but no projection or terrible technique. Patricia has both. Her voice at her age, even for a coloratura, is incredible. The others (and Callas) are one in a million--Patricia is one in a trillion. ...more

Beautiful tone and wonderful coloratura. Why is she so far down? Vote for her!

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.

43 Joyce 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

44 Soile Isokoski

A heavenly voice. A fine artist.

The finest soprano ever.

She is one of the best of European woman opera singers

The most beautoful voice in the world. Simply and truly!

45 Montserrat Marti

Brilliant...especially with Freddie Mercury!

46 Deanna Durbin Edna Mae Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 20, 2013), known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian actress and singer, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed many styles from popular standards more.

She had a full lyric soprano voice that was so unforced with a good amount of light in it to create a totally healthy opera voice for ANY age. It was so natural, clear, and with gorgeous phrasing whenever singing foreign language opera arias AND many classical and popular songs in English. There was a reason for why MGM originally wanted her and not Judy Garland. Deanna's high notes don't have to be quietly angelic like Evancho and too powerfully loud like Brightman to be considered a great singer. Her notes were ringing like a bell. She was a classically trained singer with one of the most beautiful and natural and clear voices EVER.

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



47 Lesley Garrett

One of the best we have in opera or crossover

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

She brings opera to all the generations not just the stuffy

Her voice is crystal clear. A real delight,a solid 10!

48 Inva Mula

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!

So many top singers I love, though I'm always amazed to hear Inva sing, absolutely amazing!

Inva Mula tops my list for most pleasing delicately beautiful voice

Just watch 5th element (you'll see)

49 Anna 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

Amazing. Simply amazing. Lyrical voice AND excellent coloratura technique. Mezzos usually fare better in Una Voce Poco Fa but she definitely does the aria justice with her warm voice and mind-boggling agility.

50 Kathryn 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

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