Soprano Singers

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The soprano singing voice is the highest type of female voice with vocal range that typically lies between 'middle C' and 'second A'. We have compiled a list of famous soprano singers from all over the world. The list contains famous soprano singers, such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Amira Willighagen, Kathleen Battle and Farinelli.
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Sarah Brightman
(Soprano Singer)
Sarah Brightman
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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.
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Leontyne Price
(The First African-American Opera Singer to Achieve International Fame)
Leontyne Price
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Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

Multiple Grammy-winning legendary opera singer and musical diva Leontyne Price became the first singer of African-American origin who achieved international fame in opera. She soared to fame with her appearance in the TV production of Tosca and later performed at iconic venues, such as London’s Royal Opera House.

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Kiri Te Kanawa
(Opera singer)
Kiri Te Kanawa
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Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand
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Renée Fleming
(American Opera Singer and Broadway Star)
Renée Fleming
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Birthdate: February 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States

Four-time Grammy-winning American soprano Renée Fleming was born to music teacher parents and started her singing career as a jazz vocalist. She later stormed the opera scene with performances in productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire. A Broadway star, she later stepped into rock and film music.

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Jessye Norman
(Legendary American Opera Singer and 5-Time Grammy Winner)
Jessye Norman
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Birthdate: September 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 30, 2019

American opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman was born into a family of musicians and made her opera debut with Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in Berlin. A 5-time Grammy winner, she performed at iconic venues such as the Paris Opera and London’s Royal Opera, and also served as an ambassador to the UN.

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Anna Netrebko
(Opera singer)
Anna Netrebko
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Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
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Diana Damrau
(Singer)
Diana Damrau
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Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany
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Shirley Jones
(Actress Known for Her Role as 'Shirley Partridge' in the Television Sitcom 'The Partridge Family')
Shirley Jones
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Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States

Shirley Jones is an American singer and actress whose portrayal of a prostitute named Lulu Bains in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Thanks to her skills as a singer, Jones has appeared in several musical films like Oklahoma, The Music Man, and Carousel. She has also been a long-time supporter of PETA.

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Joan Sutherland
(Opera Singer)
Joan Sutherland
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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.

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Kathleen Battle
(Grammy-Winning American Opera Singer Who Performed Mostly at the Metropolitan Opera)
Kathleen Battle
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Birthdate: August 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio, United States

American opera singer Kathleen Battle is said to be one of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her era. Initially a teacher, she got a breakthrough when conductor Thomas Schippers noticed her. A 5-time Grammy Award winner, she became a star of the Metropolitan Opera and later also won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

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Birgit Nilsson
(Swedish Singer Best Known for Her Performances in the Operas of ‘Richard Wagner’ and ‘Richard Strauss’)
Birgit Nilsson
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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.

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Katherine Jenkins
(Mezzo-Soprano Singer Known for Her Song Performance in Honour of Pope John Paul II's Silver Jubilee)
Katherine Jenkins
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Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neath, Wales

While Classic FM named her The Biggest Selling Classical Artist of the Century, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins released 13 number-1 albums by age 23. Initially a singing teacher, Jenkins had also worked as a tour guide and a model. Her $10 million record deal with Warner Bros. was the biggest-ever in classical music.

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Lily Pons
(American-French operatic soprano)
Lily Pons
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Birthdate: April 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Draguignan, France
Died: February 13, 1976
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Maxene Andrews
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Birthdate: January 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 21, 1995
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Yma Súmac
(American-Peruvian soprano)
Yma Súmac
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Birthdate: September 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
Died: November 1, 2008
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Amira Willighagen
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Birthdate: March 27, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Maria Callas
(One of the Most Renowned and Influential Opera Singers of the 20th Century)
Maria Callas
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Birthdate: December 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, 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.
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Florence Foster Jenkins
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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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Loreena McKennitt
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Refined and Clear Soprano Vocals)
Loreena McKennitt
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Birthdate: February 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Morden, Canada

Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music is infused with Celtic and Middle Eastern influences. As a singer, she is known for her refined and clear soprano vocals. She has sold over 14 million records worldwide and is the recipient of several awards, including the Western Canadian Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Lucia Popp
(Singer)
Lucia Popp
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Birthdate: November 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Záhorská Ves, Slovakia
Died: November 16, 1993
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Marni Nixon
(Singer)
Marni Nixon
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Birthdate: February 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Altadena, California, USA
Died: July 24, 2016
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Mirella Freni
(Italian Operatic Soprano)
Mirella Freni
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Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: February 9, 2020
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Farinelli
(Italian Castrato Singer Who was One of the Greatest Singers in the History of Opera)
Farinelli
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Birthdate: January 24, 1705
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Andria, Italy
Died: September 16, 1782
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Aida Garifullina
(Russian Opera Singer and Winner of the 2013 Operalia Competition)
Aida Garifullina
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Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia

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. 

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Jenny Berggren
(Soprano singer)
Jenny Berggren
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Birthdate: May 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Jamala
(Singer)
Jamala
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Birthdate: August 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osh, Kyrgyzstan
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Sissel Kyrkjebø
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Birthdate: June 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
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Sondra Radvanovsky
(American-Canadian Opera Singer Who Is Known for Her Roles in Giuseppe Verdi's Interpretations)
Sondra Radvanovsky
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Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berwyn, Illinois, United States

American-Canadian opera singer Sondra Radvanovsky is known as one of the greatest interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi’s works. She was 21 when she bagged her debut opera role and later soared to fame with performances as Leonora in Il trovatore and as Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera.

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate Miller‐Heidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

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Hayley Westenra
(Classical crossover artist best known as member of Irish folk group Celtic Woman)
Hayley Westenra
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Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Hayley Westenra is a New Zealand singer and songwriter best known for her album Pure which became one of New Zealand's fastest selling albums of all time. The album, which sold over two million copies worldwide, peaked at number one on the UK classical charts. Hayley Westenra is also a well-known philanthropist; she contributes to charities around the world.

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Edita Gruberová
(Operatic soprano)
Edita Gruberová
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Birthdate: December 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rača, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Elīna Garanča
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Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Cecilia Bartoli
(Italian Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano Opera Singer and Recitalist)
Cecilia Bartoli
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Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Beverly Sills
(American Operatic Soprano Noted for Performing in Coloratura Soprano Roles in Live Opera and Recordings)
Beverly Sills
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Birthdate: May 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 2, 2007
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Laura Bretan
(Romanian-American Soprano)
Laura Bretan
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Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Renata Scotto
(Italian Singer and Opera Director)
Renata Scotto
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Birthdate: February 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Savona, Italy
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Lesley Garrett
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Birthdate: April 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thorne, England
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Anna Maria Alberghetti
(Actress, Soprano)
Anna Maria Alberghetti
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Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
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Renata Tebaldi
(Italian Lirico-Spinto Soprano)
Renata Tebaldi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
Died: December 19, 2004
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Galina Vishnevskaya
(Opera singer)
Galina Vishnevskaya
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Birthdate: October 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 11, 2012
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Johanna von Trapp
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Birthdate: September 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zell am See, Austria
Died: November 25, 1994
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Patricia Janečková
(Operatic soprano)
Patricia Janečková
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Birthdate: June 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Münchberg, Germany
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Elina Nechayeva
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Birthdate: November 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
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Rosa Ponselle
(American Opera Singer Who Was a Star of New York's Metropolitan Opera)
Rosa Ponselle
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Birthdate: January 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 25, 1981

American opera singer Rosa Ponselle, who became known as a Metropolitan Opera star, is best known for her performance in Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. Starting her career singing in cafes and theaters, she later also performed at London’s Covent Garden. She also served the Baltimore Civic Opera Company as its artistic director.

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Grace Moore
(American Opera Singer and Actress Whose Films Helped to Popularize Opera)
Grace Moore
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Birthdate: December 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Del Rio, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 26, 1947

American opera singer Grace Moore, also known as the Tennessee Nightingale, initially sang in New York nightclubs and then moved on to Broadway. She is remembered for her Academy Award-nominated role in the romantic musical One Night of Love. She died in a plane crash in Copenhagen after a performance.

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Lotte Lehmann
(Soprano)
Lotte Lehmann
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Birthdate: February 27, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perleberg, Germany
Died: August 26, 1976
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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
(Classical Soprano and Foremost Singers of 'Lieder')
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
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Birthdate: December 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jarotschin, Poland
Died: August 3, 2006

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was a German-born Austro-British singer. Counted among the most important singers of lieder, Schwarzkopf is best remembered for her performances of the operas of Richard Strauss, Wagner, and Mozart. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest sopranos, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf won many prestigious awards including the Edison Award and the Lilli Lehmann Medal.

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Karita Mattila
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Birthdate: September 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perniö, Finland
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Montserrat Martí
(Spanish Soprano Who Is the Daughter of Soprano Montserrat Caballé)
Montserrat Martí
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Birthdate: November 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

The daughter of soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Bernabé Martí, Montserrat Martí, or Montsita, is a renowned Spanish soprano in her own right. Known for playing roles such as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, she has also been part of many charitable concerts. She has also sung with her mother.

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Gal Costa
(Singer)
Gal Costa
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Birthdate: September 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil