Famous American Opera Singers

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 1 
Maria Callas
(Most Influential opera singer of the 20th century)

Maria Callas
48
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 
Renée Fleming
(Opera singer)

Renée Fleming
26
Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States

 3 
Beverly Sills
(Operatic soprano)

Beverly Sills
9
Birthdate: May 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 2, 2007

 4 
Leontyne Price
(American soprano)

Leontyne Price
7
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

 5 

Paul Sorvino
13
Birthdate: April 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Paul Sorvino, father of actors Mira and Michael Sorvino, is best known as Paulie Cicero from the movie Goodfellas and Phil Cerreta from the series Law & Order. A skilled sculptor, too, he specializes in bronze. He owns a brand of pasta sauces and is a co-owner of Janson-Beckett Cosmeceuticals.

 6 
Marilyn Horne
(Opera Singer)

Marilyn Horne
5
Birthdate: January 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States

 7 
Jessye Norman
(Former opera singer and recitalist)

Jessye Norman
9
Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019
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 8 

Kathryn Grayson
50
Birthdate: February 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Died: February 17, 2010

 9 

Audra McDonald
50
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Audra McDonald is a singer and actress primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage. She has appeared in multiple musicals, operas, and dramas and is the recipient of six Tony Awards. She is a classically trained soprano and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera. She has also acted in many TV shows and films. 

 10 

Kathleen Battle
26
Birthdate: August 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio, United States

 11 
Erland Van Lidth De Jeude
(Actor, Wrestler)

Erland Van Lidth De Jeude
12
Birthdate: June 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 1987

Erland Van Lidth De Jeude was a Dutch-American actor, amateur wrestler, and opera singer. While pursuing his wrestling career, he was given an opportunity to portray the role of the fearsome Terror in the 1979 American comedy-drama film The Wanderers. He then landed a couple of other roles, including his role as Dynamo in the 1987 film The Running Man.

 12 
Anna Moffo
(Opera Singer)

Anna Moffo
13
Birthdate: June 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 9, 2006

 13 

Lauren Ambrose
70
Birthdate: February 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 14 
Thurl Ravenscroft
(Singer, Dub actor, Opera singer, Actor)

Thurl Ravenscroft
12
Birthdate: February 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norfolk
Died: May 22, 2005

 15 
Robert Merrill
(Opera singer)

Robert Merrill
5
Birthdate: June 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 23, 2004

 16 
Jeanette MacDonald
(Film actor)

Jeanette MacDonald
46
Birthdate: June 18, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 14, 1965

 17 
William Marshall
(Actor, Opera singer)

William Marshall
15
Birthdate: August 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 12, 2003

 18 

Tammy Blanchard
57
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

 19 
Nelson Eddy
(Singer)

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

 20 
Mary Costa
(Actor, Singer, Opera singer)

Mary Costa
46
Birthdate: April 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville

 21 
Rosa Ponselle
(Operatic Soprano)

Rosa Ponselle
4
Birthdate: January 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 25, 1981

 22 
Risë Stevens
(Opera singer)

Risë Stevens
4
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2013

 23 
Laura Bretan
(Soprano)

Laura Bretan
78
Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 24 
Marjorie Finlay
(Opera singer, Television personality)

Marjorie Finlay
55
Birthdate: October 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 1, 2003

 25 
William Warfield
(Bass-baritone singer)

William Warfield
4
Birthdate: January 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Helena, Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 25, 2002

 26 
Zheng Cao
(Opera Singer, Soprano Singer)

Zheng Cao
60
Birthdate: July 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: February 21, 2013

 27 

Sondra Radvanovsky
26
Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berwyn, Illinois, United States

 28 
Joyce DiDonato
(Opera singer)

Joyce DiDonato
13
Birthdate: February 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prairie Village, Kansas, United States

 29 
Grace Bumbry
(Musician, singer, opera singer)

Grace Bumbry
4
Birthdate: January 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis

 30 

Olga Baclanova
52
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.

 31 
Grace Moore
(Opera Singer & Actress)

Grace Moore
53
Birthdate: December 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Del Rio, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 26, 1947

 32 
Richard Tucker
(Operatic Tenor)

Richard Tucker
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: January 8, 1975

 33 

Barbara Hendricks
14
Birthdate: November 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stephens, Arkansas, United States

 34 
Shirley Verrett
(Operatic Soprano)

Shirley Verrett
8
Birthdate: May 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 5, 2010

 35 
Lisette Oropesa
(Opera singer)

Lisette Oropesa
85
Birthdate: September 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Lisette Oropesa is an American operatic soprano who has a wide range of repertoire that includes works from Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gluck. Oropesa has performed numerous roles in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. She is best known for her portrayal of Susanna from The Marriage of Figaro and Lucia from Lucia di Lammermoor.

 36 

Eileen Farrell
47
Birthdate: February 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Willimantic, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 23, 2002

 37 
Alma Gluck
(Soprano)

Alma Gluck
57
Birthdate: May 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ias,i, Bucharest, Romania
Died: October 27, 1938

 38 
Geraldine Farrar
(Opera singer)

Geraldine Farrar
61
Birthdate: February 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 11, 1967

 39 
Lawrence Tibbett
(Opera singer)

Lawrence Tibbett
8
Birthdate: November 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States
Died: July 15, 1960

 40 
Megan Marie Hart
(Operatic Soprano Singer)

Megan Marie Hart
0
Birthdate: July 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 41 
Jerry Hadley
(Opera singer)

Jerry Hadley
10
Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Princeton, Illinois
Died: July 18, 2007

 42 
Leonard Warren
(Opera Singer)

Leonard Warren
2
Birthdate: April 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 4, 1960

 43 
Barbara Bonney
(Opera singer)

Barbara Bonney
36
Birthdate: April 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States

 44 
Robert McFerrin
(Baritone)

Robert McFerrin
10
Birthdate: March 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marianna, Arkansas, United States
Died: November 24, 2006

 45 
Todd Duncan
(Baritone)

Todd Duncan
8
Birthdate: February 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Danville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 28, 1998

 46 
Dawn Upshaw
(Opera singer)

Dawn Upshaw
57
Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 47 
Helen Traubel
(Opera singer)

Helen Traubel
8
Birthdate: June 16, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 28, 1972

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Ernestine Schumann-Heink
30
Birthdate: June 15, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Libeň, Kingdom of Bohemia, Austrian Empire
Died: November 17, 1936

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
6
Birthdate: March 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 3, 2006

 50 
Mary Garden
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)

Mary Garden
27
Birthdate: February 20, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen
Died: January 3, 1967