Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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101 Teresa Żylis-Gara

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

102 Rita Streich

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

103 Regine Crespin
104 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.

105 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.

106 Leona Mitchell

Beautiful voice, beautiful woman.

107 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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108 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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109 June Bronhill
110 Ingeborg Hallstein
111 Milka Trnina
112 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.

113 Julia Lezhneva

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

114 Violeta Urmana
115 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.

116 Evgenia Laguna

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

117 Ruth Ann Swenson
118 Shirley Verrett

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

119 Martina Arroyo

Some said her singing was too placid, but she had such a rich, velvety and glorious voice: she should be in the top 50 voices certainly...

120 Zinka Milanov

She belongs to the old vintage ages. The recordins of her voice are rare, and technically of low quality. But she once had been the pride of Metropolitan for years. I would put her among first 20.

A singer that few know about except for opera fans that listen to historical recordings. A fabulous Verdi interpretor with a long career at the Met

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