Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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101 Barbara Hendricks


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

102 Mimi Coertse

Incredibly pure and unaffected voice.

Why is not on the list?

She should have a far higher ranking.

Beautiful voice!

103 Elizabeth Futral
104 Teresa Żylis-Gara

One of the most overlooked and gorgeous voices of her time.

105 Regine Crespin
106 Eva Marton

Actually I'm astonished she is so low on this list. She is beyond any doubt one of the best singers of the last thirty years of the 20th century.

107 Margaret Price

A robust voice, rough singing. Not enough delicacy and expression, no sense for psyshology of the characters and no talent for nuances. But still she is bettter than average.

108 Leona Mitchell

Beautiful voice, beautiful woman.

109 Patricia Racette

Clearly, one of the best Butterfly's around. Her performance is so amazing and her voice has such emotion!

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110 Sondra Radvanovsky

How she hasn't been mentioned yet and the likes of Katherine Jenkins (who isn't an opera singer ) beats me. Beautiful tone and a marvellous actress - surely one of foremost sopranos particularly in tosca.

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111 Deborah Cheetham
112 June Bronhill
113 Helen George
114 Ingeborg Hallstein
115 Yma Sumac Yma Sumac

She sung some opera, but she was an ethnic music singer. She had the range of more than 4 octraves, excellent pitch control and a mighty voice. They did not accept her at the Metropolitan, because they concluded she would out-sing their most priced stars.
Judging by voice quality alove, she belongs to to top 10.

116 Julia Lezhneva

Given another 10 years and she'll be among the greatest ever

117 Violeta Urmana
118 Valerie Masterson

A lovely singer and beautiful actress, admired since her beginning in amateur operatics

She is the complete singing actress - charming and beautiful in voice and personality as well as looks. Her repertoire encompassed Monteverdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, Wagner, Salinnen, Poulenc, Puccini, Henze and that doesn't even begin to touch the lighter music and musical shows.

119 Ruth Ann Swenson
120 Shirley Verrett

Great gutsy singer, not always perfect but always exciting. She dared and frequently conquered... My heart!

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