2 Montserrat Caballé(Opera singer)
Spanish opera singer and a legend of classical music, Montserrat Caballé became an international sensation after recording the duet Barcelona, the official anthem for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, with Freddie Mercury. She is also remembered for his iconic portrayal of the title role of Lucrezia Borgia.
3 Kiri Te Kanawa(Opera singer)
4 Renée Fleming(Opera singer)
5 Nellie Melba(Opera Singer)
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.
6 Anna Netrebko(Opera singer)
7 Joan Sutherland(Opera Singer)
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.
8 Beverly Sills(Operatic soprano)
9 Cecilia Bartoli(Singer)
10 Renata Tebaldi(Singer)
11 Marilyn Horne(Opera Singer)
12 Elīna Garanča(Soprano)
13 Birgit Nilsson(Soprano)
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.
14 Jenny Lind(Opera Singer)
15 Lily Pons(American-French operatic soprano)
16 Kathryn Grayson(Actress)
17 Leontyne Price(American soprano)
18 Charlotte Church(Actress)
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.
19 Deanna Durbin(Actress & Singer)
20 Jessye Norman(Former opera singer and recitalist)
21 Adelina Patti(Opera Singer)
22 Tarja Turunen(Soprano with a three and a half octave range)
23 Sarah Brightman(Soprano Singer)
24 Kathleen Battle(Singer)
25 Mirella Freni(Operatic soprano)
26 Anna Moffo(Opera Singer)
27 Malena Ernman(Opera Singer)
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.
28 Kirsten Flagstad(Opera Singer)
29 Aida Garifullina(Opera singer)
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.
30 Audra McDonald(Actress)
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.
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.
32 Lauren Ambrose(Actress)
33 Diana Damrau(Singer)
34 Mirusia Louwerse(Singer, Opera singer)
35 Jeanette MacDonald(Actress and Singer Known for Her Musical Films: ‘Maytime’, 'Naughty Marietta' and 'The Love Parade')
Jeanette MacDonald was an American actress and singer best remembered for her performances in the musical films of the 1930s. Renowned for her singing skills, MacDonald appeared in opera and concerts. One of the 20th century's most influential sopranos, Jeanette MacDonald is credited with inspiring a generation of singers and introducing opera to film-going audiences.
36 Mary Costa(Actor, Singer, Opera singer)
37 Natalie Dessay(Opera Singer Known for Her Portrayal of 'Olympia' in 'The Tales of Hoffmann')
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.
38 Rosa Ponselle(Operatic Soprano)
39 Emanne Beasha(Singer)
40 Hayley Westenra(Classical crossover artist best known as member of Irish folk group Celtic Woman)
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.