Opera Singers

Opera Singers sing the text known as ‘libretto’ in an Opera which is a musical performance. Opera is a performance which usually combines singing and music and narrates a story through a musical performance. Opera singers have to ideally sing the whole story and sometimes they even act in the performance. Opera singers require a great amount of training and only a few rise to fame in this field. In the genre of opera, the singers are categorized based on the range in which they can sing. The voices of female opera singers are categorized as contralto or soprano and male voices are categorized as bass or tenor. Opera has a rich traditional history which has been kept alive by the opera singers for eons. Opera singers have also modernized the art and have diversified the singing style with more versatile tones and voices. They now have to be acoustically sound and some of them are good music composers. They are also appreciated more if they are multilingual and can be vocally adaptable. With their beautiful voices and mesmerizing musical stories, Opera singers take the audience in a different world and offer great entertainment. To discover more about famous Opera singers enter this space and read their biographies and life histories and come across interesting facts and trivia.
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 1 Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy

Widely regarded as an opera singer with the most beautiful voice, Andrea Bocelli is an Italian record producer and singer-songwriter. He serves as an inspiration to many as he went on to become one of the most popular Italian singers of all time, despite losing his vision at age 12. He has sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

 2 Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti.
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 Montserrat Caballé

Montserrat Caballé.
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: April 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: October 6, 2018

 6 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.  

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 7 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
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 8 Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand
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 9 Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

 10 Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: October 10, 2010

Australian soprano Joan Sutherland was exposed to music at an early age, being the daughter of a singer. Trained in voice and the piano by her mother, she made her debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas. The first Australian to earn a Grammy, she was also awarded the DBE.

 11 Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: February 23, 1931

Nellie Melba was an Australian singer. One of the most popular singers of the early 20th century, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to achieve international recognition. Also known for her charity work during the First World War, Nellie Melba was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.

 12 Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins.
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

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 13 Alessandro Moreschi

Alessandro Moreschi
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: November 11, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monte Compatri
Died: April 21, 1922

 14 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
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 15 Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 16 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

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 17 Elīna Garanča

Elīna Garanča
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 18 Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: October 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm
Died: November 2, 1887
Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, also known as the "Swedish Nightingale,” was a prominent 19th-century soprano and performed all over Europe. She also donated generously to various charities, especially to the cause of free schools in Sweden. She also taught at the Royal College of Music in London. 
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 19 Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman.
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Famous As: Soprano Singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Classical crossover soprano and actor Sarah Brightman is best known for her international hit Time to Say Goodbye, sung with Andrea Bocelli. She has also performed in various West End and Broadway musicals, such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. She was previously married to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 20 Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States
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 21 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

 22 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.

 23 Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 24 Franz Peter Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert.
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: January 31, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alsergrund, Vienna, Austria
Died: November 19, 1828

Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert was one of the most prominent figures of the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods. He initially performed at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. His compositions include over 600 vocal works and several symphonies, operas, and piano sonatas. One of his most-talked-about works is the Unfinished Symphony.

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 25 Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States

 26 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
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 27 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

 28 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

 29 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.

 30 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

 31 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

 32 Kathryn Grayson

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

 33 Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales

Charlotte Church is a Welsh actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, and television presenter. She achieved popularity after hosting her own chat show for Channel 4, The Charlotte Church Show. As a recording artist, Church has won many awards, including a Hollywood Reporters Young Star Award and Classical BRIT Award. She has also published an autobiography named Voice of an Angel.  

 34 Juan Diego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

 35 Malena Ernman

Malena Ernman.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Malena Ernman is a Swedish opera singer who represented her country at the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Moscow, Russia. Apart from operas and operettas, she also performs jazz, cabaret, and chansons. Also an environmental activist, Malena Ernman was adjudged Environmental Hero of the Year by an organization called WWF-Sweden in 2017.

 36 Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 15, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona
Died: November 29, 1643

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian string player, composer, choirmaster, and priest. His pioneering work in the development of opera and his letters, which gives an insight into the life of Italian musicians from the era, makes him a significant historical figure. He is also considered an important transitional figure between the two important periods of music history, Renaissance and Baroque. 

 37 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

 38 Franco Corelli

Franco Corelli
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Famous As: Tenor Singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: October 29, 2003

 39 Kathleen Battle

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

 40 Lee Hoi-chuen

Lee Hoi-chuen.
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Famous As: Opera Singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shunde District, China
Died: February 7, 1965

Better known as Bruce Lee’s father, Cantonese opera performer Lee Hoi-chuen married half-Chinese and half-German Grace Ho after moving to Hong Kong. Bruce Lee was born to them while they were touring U.S. for an opera. His death, just days after the birth of his grandson Brandon Lee, shocked many.

 41 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

 42 Darius Campbell

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

 43 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

 44 Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price
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Famous As: American soprano
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

 45 Sondra Radvanovsky

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

 46 Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman
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Famous As: American opera singer
Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019

 47 Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France

Natalie Dessay is a French actress, singer, and former operatic soprano. In 1992, Dessay portrayed Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann for which she gained wide recognition. Her performance also gained her access to leading opera houses around the world. Over the years Natalie Dessay has won several prestigious awards, such as the Laurence Olivier Award.

 48 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

 49 Mirella Freni

Mirella Freni
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: February 9, 2020

 50 Anna Moffo

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