Famous 20th Century Opera Singers

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 1 Maria Callas

Maria Callas.
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Famous As: One of the most famous opera singers of the 20th century
Birthdate: December 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: September 16, 1977
Greek soprano Maria Callas, also known as “La Divina,” is considered one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner was also in the news for her affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, her rivalry with Renata Tebaldi, and her gradually declining vocal ability.

 2 Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo.
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Famous As: Tenor & Conductor
Birthdate: January 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo has performed in a variety of languages, such as English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German. The winner of nine Grammys and five Latin Grammys, he later performed as part of The Three Tenors, with legends Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, releasing bestselling albums.

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 3 José Carreras

José Carreras.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: December 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barcelona

José Carreras is a Spanish operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in the operas of Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini. Making his debut on the operatic stage at the age of 11, he went on to build an illustrious career in the following decades. A leukemia survivor, he founded the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation.  

 4 Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen.
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee

 5 Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Opera singer, Autobiographer, Musician
Birthdate: May 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 2, 2007

 6 Renata Tebaldi

Renata Tebaldi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
Died: December 19, 2004

 7 Enrico Caruso

Enrico Caruso
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: February 25, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: August 2, 1921

Enrico Caruso was an operatic tenor who performed at prominent opera houses in the Americas and Europe. His commercially released recordings made him an international star in the early-1900s. Thanks to his illustrious career that spanned 25 years, Caruso became one of the most popular entertainers of his generation. In 1987, he was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 8 Lily Pons

Lily Pons
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Famous As: American-French operatic soprano
Birthdate: April 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Draguignan, France
Died: February 13, 1976

 9 Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Västra Karup, Sweden
Died: December 25, 2005

Birgit Nilsson was a Swedish dramatic soprano remembered for her association with composers like Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. One of the most celebrated Swedish singers of all time, Nilsson won many awards, such as the 1966 Sonning Award. In 1982, she won the Swedish-American of the Year Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the Gramophone's Hall of Fame.

 10 Jussi Björling

Jussi Björling
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Famous As: Tenor, Opera singer
Birthdate: February 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Borlänge, Sweden
Died: September 9, 1960

 11 Werner Klemperer

Werner Klemperer
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Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Singer, Opera singer, Violinist, Conductor, Stage actor, Pianist
Birthdate: March 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: December 6, 2000

 12 Mario Lanza

Mario Lanza
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Famous As: Actor, singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 7, 1959

 13 Thurl Ravenscroft

Thurl Ravenscroft
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Famous As: Singer, Dub actor, Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norfolk
Died: May 22, 2005

 14 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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Famous As: Baritone
Birthdate: May 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 18, 2012

 15 Adelina Patti

Adelina Patti
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: February 10, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: September 27, 1919

 16 Darius Campbell

Darius Campbell
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow

 17 Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: November 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pant Glas

 18 Mary Costa

Mary Costa
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville

 19 Beniamino Gigli

Beniamino Gigli
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Recanati, Italy
Died: November 30, 1957

 20 Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 14, 1965

 21 Ezio Pinza

Ezio Pinza
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: May 18, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: May 9, 1957

 22 Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician, Opera singer, Film actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg
Died: April 20, 2013

 23 Aled Jones

Aled Jones
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Famous As: Singer, Radio personality, Opera singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangor

 24 Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamar, Norway
Died: December 7, 1962

 25 Giuseppe Di Stefano

Giuseppe Di Stefano
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: July 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
Died: March 3, 2008

 26 Nicolai Gedda

Nicolai Gedda
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: July 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 8, 2017

 27 Fritz Wunderlich

Fritz Wunderlich
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Famous As: Opera singer, Singer
Birthdate: September 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kusel
Died: September 17, 1966

 28 Erland Van Lidth De Jeude

Erland Van Lidth De Jeude
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Famous As: Actor, Wrestler
Birthdate: June 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 1987

 29 Alfredo Kraus

Alfredo Kraus
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Famous As: Tenor
Birthdate: November 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
Died: September 10, 1999

 30 Nelson Eddy

Nelson Eddy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died: March 6, 1967

 31 Sergey Lazarev

Sergey Lazarev
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Famous As: Actor, Opera singer, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow

 32 Rosa Ponselle

Rosa Ponselle
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: January 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 25, 1981

 33 Shi Pei Pu

Shi Pei Pu
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Famous As: Artist, Spy, Opera singer
Birthdate: December 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shandong
Died: June 30, 2009

 34 Lauritz Melchior

Lauritz Melchior
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 18, 1973

 35 Mirusia Louwerse

Mirusia Louwerse
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: March 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane

 36 Danielle de Niese

Danielle de Niese
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne

 37 Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Higher Walton, United Kingdom
Died: October 8, 1953

 38 Liza Wang

Liza Wang
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Famous As: Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai

 39 Rhydian Roberts

Rhydian Roberts
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: February 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wales

 40 Olga Baclanova

Olga Baclanova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 6, 1974

Russian actor Olga Baclanova was also a skilled ballerina and opera singer who had a decent career in Hollywood, too. A star of the silent-film age, she was seen in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Are You There? Post-retirement, she moved to Switzerland.

 41 Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra
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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christchurch

 42 Wynne Evans

Wynne Evans
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carmarthen

 43 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: December 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jarotschin, Poland
Died: August 3, 2006

 44 Peter Pears

Peter Pears
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Farnham, Surrey, England
Died: April 3, 1986

 45 Marina Prior

Marina Prior
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Moresby

 46 Lucia Popp

Lucia Popp
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Záhorská Ves, Slovakia
Died: November 16, 1993

 47 Richard Bruno Heydrich

Richard Bruno Heydrich
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: February 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leuben, Dresden, Germany
Died: August 24, 1938

 48 Leonie Rysanek

Leonie Rysanek
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: November 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 7, 1998

 49 Richard Tauber

Richard Tauber
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: January 8, 1948

 50 Geraldine Farrar

Geraldine Farrar
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 11, 1967