Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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81 Adelina Patti

The recordings from 1905-06 were when she was over 60. Verdi said about her she was the top singer of his century. She performed in front of Lincoln in 1862.

82 Malin Hartelius
83 Aubrey Ashburn
84 Tatiana Troyanos

Beautiful mezzo with great courage since she suffered from debilitating stage fright. Her Carmen is superb. Her greatest concert was her last, though terminally ill, she got out of bed and sang for her fellow patients in the hospital. She sang " to give them pleasure " She died that night.

85 Bidu Sayao

Perfect voice. Humble and so brilliant. Ruled the Metropolitan Opera from 1937 to 1952.

At her prime she was the best, her Manon and Villa-Lobos recordings are gems. Listen to the Met broadcasts from the 40's. She was unique, but has been lost to passing fancies.

86 Lyne Fortin

She has a traditional and purist approach of her art and a very critical view of opera. Its performance was acclaimed and rewarded many times, both for her voice, the correctness of her play and her presence on stage.
She is known for the correctness of her diction in English, Spanish, Italian and German.

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88 Joan Hammond

The most beautiful voice ever

89 Rita Streich

Rita has an incredible crystal clear voice that soars. A beautiful coloratura soprano with an angelic voice!

90 Ewa Podles
91 Evgenia Laguna

No one tops the list for stage presence, expression, beauty and a lovely voice in combination.

92 Suzan Erens
93 Anna Tomowa-Sintow
94 Fatma Said Fatma Said
95 Nina Rautio
96 Mojca Erdmann
97 Bidu Sayao

One of the greatest voices of all times. Came to Los Angeles for the opera season and stole our hearts away. Fqbulous lady. Tod Jonson

98 Jenna Dearness-Dark

A young talented singer - new on the scene and only 17 years of age. Like Mirusia Louwerse born in Queensland, Australia and also has a Dutch Oma.

99 Miliza Korjus

Made only one film, "The Great Waltz", the story of Strauss. Her range was incredible. She would start her runs where a lot of sopranos left off. A beautiful blonde with a sparkling personality.

Miliza was an amazing Virtuoso Musical Technician and musician. In her prime, (only about 12 years) there was no musical technical feat she could not execute!

100 Barbara Hendricks


She is a very solid singer, maybe belongs amog the first 50.

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