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
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.

 2 Montserrat Caballé

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

 3 Tarja Turunen

Maria Callas.
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee

 4 Florence Foster Jenkins

Maria Callas.
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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.

 5 Kiri Te Kanawa

Maria Callas.
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand

 6 Renée Fleming

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

 7 Anna Netrebko

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
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 8 Joan Sutherland

Maria Callas.
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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.

 9 Nellie Melba

Maria Callas.
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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.

 10 Beverly Sills

Maria Callas
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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

 11 Cecilia Bartoli

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 12 Linda Ronstadt

Maria Callas.
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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.

 13 Jenny Lind

Maria Callas.
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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. 

 14 Marilyn Horne

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States

 15 Elīna Garanča

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 16 Renata Tebaldi

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
Died: December 19, 2004

 17 Audra McDonald

Maria Callas
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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. 

 18 Sarah Brightman

Maria Callas.
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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.

 19 Lily Pons

Maria Callas
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Famous As: American-French operatic soprano
Birthdate: April 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Draguignan, France
Died: February 13, 1976

 20 Birgit Nilsson

Maria Callas.
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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.

 21 Charlotte Church

Maria Callas.
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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.  

 22 Kathryn Grayson

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

 23 Kathleen Battle

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

 24 Malena Ernman

Maria Callas.
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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.

 25 Mirella Freni

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

 26 Anna Moffo

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

 27 Natalie Dessay

Maria Callas
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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.

 28 Adelina Patti

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: February 10, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: September 27, 1919

 29 Tammy Blanchard

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

 30 Deanna Durbin

Maria Callas
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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

 31 Leontyne Price

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

 32 Jeanette MacDonald

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 14, 1965

 33 Sondra Radvanovsky

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

 34 Lauren Ambrose

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 35 Mary Costa

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville

 36 Jessye Norman

Maria Callas
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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

 37 Kirsten Flagstad

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamar, Norway
Died: December 7, 1962

 38 Aida Garifullina

Maria Callas.
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kazan

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. 

 39 Kate Miller-Heidke

Maria Callas
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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.

 40 Emanne Beasha

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 18, 2008
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan

 41 Ana María Martínez

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Operatic soprano
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 42 Laura Bretan

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 43 Mirusia Louwerse

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: March 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane

 44 Diana Damrau

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany

 45 Rosa Ponselle

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: January 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 25, 1981

 46 Victoria de los Ángeles

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Operatic Soprano
Birthdate: November 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: January 15, 2005

 47 Danielle de Niese

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne

 48 Kathleen Ferrier

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Higher Walton, United Kingdom
Died: October 8, 1953

 49 Vibeke Stene

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: August 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sokndal, Norway

 50 Liza Wang

Maria Callas
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Famous As: Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai