Female Opera Singers

Throughout history, there have been many women opera singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female opera singers such as Maria Callas, Nellie Melba, Birgit Nilsson, Alma Gluck, Deanna Durbin.The women opera singers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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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
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.

 2 Montserrat Caballé

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

 3 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

 4 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

 5 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

 6 Anna Netrebko

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

 7 Aida Garifullina

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

 9 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

 10 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

 11 Marilyn Horne

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

 12 Sissel Kyrkjebø

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

 13 Jenny Lind

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. 

 14 Cecilia Bartoli

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

 15 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.

 16 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

 17 Tammy Blanchard

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

 18 Renée Fleming

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

 19 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

 20 Sondra Radvanovsky

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

 21 Kathryn Grayson

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

 22 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

 23 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

 24 Natalie Dessay

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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 Mirella Freni

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

 28 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

 29 Mary Costa

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

 30 Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: May 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swedish

 31 Lily Pons

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

 32 Tatiana Troyanos

Tatiana Troyanos
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: September 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 21, 1993

 33 Mirusia Louwerse

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

 34 Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Norwegian
Died: December 7, 1962

 35 Danielle de Niese

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

 36 Leyla Gencer

Leyla Gencer
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: October 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Turkish
Died: May 10, 2008

 37 Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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
Nationality: Hong Konger

 39 Marina Prior

Marina Prior
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 40 Risë Stevens

Risë Stevens
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: March 20, 2013

 41 Shirley Verrett

Shirley Verrett
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: May 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 5, 2010

 42 Regina Resnik

Regina Resnik
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 2013

 43 Geraldine Farrar

Geraldine Farrar
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 11, 1967

 44 Arleen Auger

Arleen Auger
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: September 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 10, 1993

 45 Teresa Berganza

Teresa Berganza
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Famous As: Soprano Singer
Birthdate: March 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish

 46 Lina Cavalieri

Lina Cavalieri
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Opera singer
Birthdate: December 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: February 7, 1944

 47 Alma Gluck

Alma Gluck
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: May 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 27, 1938

 48 Maria Malibran

Maria Malibran
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish, French
Died: September 23, 1836

 49 Dawn Upshaw

Dawn Upshaw
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 50 Rosa Ponselle

Rosa Ponselle
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: January 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 25, 1981