Top Ten Greatest Female Opera Singers

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121 Shirley Verrett

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

122 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...

123 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

124 Waltraud Meier
125 Angel Blue

Awesome singer truly an Abel from above

126 Cecilia Bartoli

Your singing for the sake of music. Every person on this list you shouldn't compare yourselves to others believe in your own talents and work them for your name

Cecilia is the world's best mezzo soprano. Her beautiful, rich, expressive voice, passionate performances and stunning beauty make for the ultimate in operatic entertainment. She belongs in the top 10.

Cecilia is the very best female singer I have ever watched and listened. She is a wonderful woman!

Excellence in voice. Love the seeming control and lack of it in the song. Very expressive and passionate.

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127 Natalie Dessay

Her Coloratura Soprano has no blemish. One can tell that what she does, she does professionally. She is also a good actress. I am surprised and dismayed that Dessay is not amongst those at the top of the list! I love listening to her voice. Those songs we call beautiful when other sopranos sing them are closer to heavenly when Natalie sings those same operas.

Her control over her voice is full of talent. I am surprised that her name isn't amongst those at the top of the list. One can tell that she has studied what she does for a long time, and knows the languages of opera.

Any body who has a problem with Dessay has a problem with music and musicality and acting and opera and did I mention music? the best and one and only.

Stunning range and a joy to watch!

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128 Sylvia Sass
129 Emma Matthews

An exquisite coloratura voice with great dynamic range and dramatic sensitivity. Should be on the world class stage.

She is Emma Matthews, what more is there to say?
She is an amazing actress with a voice to die for. La Stupenda, Dama Joan Sutherland herself was a great supporter of her. Emma has taken on many roles that Joan was famous for, such Lakme, La Traviata and the show that earned Joan the nickname La Stupenda, Lucia. Her mad scene is amazing.

130 Ruxandra Donose
131 Astrid Varnay
132 Edita Gruberova

I don't get why Tarja Turner, Katherine Jenkins and Jackie Evango ARE DOING HERE, THEY AREN'T OPERA SINGERS. They have never sung a single full scale opera in their lives they should stop labeling them as opera singers.

Gruberova's voice has this warm special Vocal timbre, very recognizable. And her coloratura sends shivers up my spine. She may have a bad habit of scooping, but other than that there are no other singers like her. She is simply unique, her Zerbinettas are the best in recorded history! In my Top 10 following Callas, Sutherland, Price and Fagstad.

She is the Queen of scooping high notes. Don't know why she can't sing them on pitch at least once in her way too long career. She should retire now!

Queen of coloratura, still going strong post-60.

Best singer ever there was

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133 Marie-Josée Lord
134 Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux became the first Canadian to win the Prix de la Reine Fabiola (1st Prize) and the Special Prize of the Lied Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. This prestigious award was known to the international community and allowed her to perform in recital and opera and concerts with major orchestras.

135 Katherine Jenkins

Katherine is one of the best opera singers in the world, should be in the top ten. Her voice is wonderful, strong, delicate and smooth.

Katherine Jenkins is not there either.

She is amazing. Her voice is beautiful, divine and heavenly

Lovely powerful voice with innocent smile

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136 Conchita Supervia

The greatest Spanish soprano of the twenties and thirties.

137 Renata Scotto

She had a modest international reputation. Many people have never heard of her. She was a good singer.

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138 Jane Powell

She has such a beautiful voice. And she is a friend of Elizabeth Taylor. If she had Elizabeth Taylor's face, she may be the greatest Hollywood soprano of all the time.

139 Mady Mesple
140 Brigitte Fassbaender

My greatest idol. I love her. She is funny, charismatic and captivating.

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