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 Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti
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Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
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.

 2 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
Nationality: Greek
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.

 3 Enrico Caruso

Enrico Caruso
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Famous As: Opera singer, Singer
Birthdate: February 25, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 2, 1921

 4 Montserrat Caballé

Montserrat Caballé
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
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 5 Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Finnish

 6 Thurl Ravenscroft

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Famous As: Singer, Dub actor, Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 2005

 7 Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, Russian
Died: November 22, 2017
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 8 Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician, Opera singer, Film actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: April 20, 2013
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 9 Lee Hoi-chuen

Lee Hoi-chuen
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Famous As: Opera Singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese
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.

 10 Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
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.

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 11 Anna Netrebko

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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian, Russian

 12 Aida Garifullina

Aida Garifullina
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Russian

Aida Garifullina is a Russian lyric soprano. She gained mainstream popularity after winning the 2013 Operalia competition and has since been featured in many productions staged at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, and the Wiener Staatsoper. She also performed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening gala concert. She is currently signed to Decca Records. 

 13 Placido Domingo

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Famous As: Tenor & Conductor
Birthdate: January 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish

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.

 14 Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: New Zealander
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 15 José Carreras

José Carreras
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: December 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Spanish

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.  

 16 Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Opera singer, Autobiographer, Musician
Birthdate: May 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 2, 2007

 17 Renata Tebaldi

Renata Tebaldi
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 19, 2004

 18 Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann
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Famous As: Opera singer, Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
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 19 Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 20 Sissel Kyrkjebø

Sissel Kyrkjebø
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Opera singer
Birthdate: June 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Norwegian
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 21 Jenny Lind

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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: October 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish
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. 

 22 Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 23 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
Nationality: American
Died: December 6, 2000

 24 Feodor Chaliapin

Feodor Chaliapin
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Famous As: Russian opera singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French, Russian
Died: April 12, 1938
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 25 Beniamino Gigli

Beniamino Gigli
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 30, 1957

 26 Malena Ernman

Malena Ernman
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Swedish

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.

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 27 Franco Corelli

Franco Corelli
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Famous As: Tenor Singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 29, 2003

 28 Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 9, 2006

 29 Giuseppe Di Stefano

Giuseppe Di Stefano
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Famous As: Opera singer, Singer
Birthdate: July 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 3, 2008

 30 Tammy Blanchard

Tammy Blanchard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 31 Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna
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Famous As: Street artist, Opera singer, Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French, Italian

 32 Aled Jones

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

 33 Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 34 Adelina Patti

Adelina Patti
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: February 10, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish, Italian
Died: September 27, 1919

 35 Darius Campbell

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

 36 Juan Diego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Peruvian

 37 Sondra Radvanovsky

Sondra Radvanovsky
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 38 Nicolai Gedda

Nicolai Gedda
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Famous As: Opera singer, Singer, Music educator
Birthdate: July 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swedish
Died: January 8, 2017

 39 Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 2010

 40 Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swedish
Died: December 25, 2005

 41 Richard Tucker

Richard Tucker
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Famous As: Operatic Tenor
Birthdate: August 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 8, 1975

 42 Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 14, 1965

 43 Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 44 Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra
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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: New Zealander

 45 Galina Vishnevskaya

Galina Vishnevskaya
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Famous As: Russian opera singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 11, 2012

 46 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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Famous As: Conductor, Singer, Opera singer, Musician, Writer, Composer
Birthdate: May 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: May 18, 2012

 47 Alessandro Moreschi

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

 48 Thomas Quasthoff

Thomas Quasthoff
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Autobiographer, Music educator, University teacher
Birthdate: November 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 49 Mirella Freni

Mirella Freni
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 50 Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian
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.

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