From way back in time to date there has been numerous opera singers who have made a name for themselves and others are still cropping up. But the question is who am them is the greatest of them all? We have taken the trouble in researching and analysing for you the top 10 best opera singers of all time based on their achievements to date.
Here is the list of top 10 best opera singers of all time.
10. Joan Sutherland
She was one of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century. Although she died in 2010 Joan Sutherland was celebrated for her input to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire. She was one of most gifted sopranos of our times and recognized for her superb high notes. She was the reason Pavarotti rose to fame and no wonder her nickname “La Stupenda.” and given the description by Luciano Pavarotti as the “Voice of the Century”.
9. Emma Calvé
Emma Calve was a French operatic soprano and she died in 1942. She is widely recognized as the most famed French female opera singer of the Belle Époque. She used to sing more often in the Metropolitan Opera House New York and the Royal Opera House, London. Some of her works are “My Life”, Appleton. 1922, and “Sous tous les ciels, j’ai chanté”,.
8. Anna Netrebko
Born in 1971 she is one of the Russian finest operatic soprano we have today. Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the age of 22 in Le Nozze di Figaro and from there made numerous appearances in other shows. Some of the operas she has appeared to are Rigoletto, bohème, Roméo et Juliette, among many others. All through her career she has received many awards among them most recent named by the Austrian government “Kammersangerin”.
7. José Carreras
The Spanish tenor who was born in Barcelona in 1946 and best known for his great performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini is among the top 10 best opera singers of all time. His first operatic debut was at the age of 11 in Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro and since then he has encompassed over 60 roles and performed in dozens of recordings and in worlds renown opera houses. His voice which is considered one of the most beautiful tenor voices of the day has made him among the greatest opera singers of the century.
6. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
The German lyric baritone and conductor of classical music who is often regarded by many as the greatest of them all, and more often described as one of the supreme vocal artists of the 20th century, and the most influential singer of the 20th Century. He is ranked the second greatest singer of the century by Classic CD (United Kingdom). The world’s greatest Lieder singer who died in 2012 is among the few artist whose legacies influences and recognition will forever be felt.
5. Renée Fleming
She is one of the best sopranos and an opera singer of the 21st century .The receiver of four Grammy awards, National Medal of Arts and most recent Fleming’s album Signatures selection for preservation purposes in the National Recording Registry for being culturally, historically, or artistically significant justifies her position as one of the greatest operas singers of all time.
4. Andrea Bocelli
Truly he is a perfect example that disability should not make you useless. The Italian classical crossover teno, who is also a songwriter and a recording artist deserves a place among the top 10 best opera singers of all time. He has to his record 9 complete operas, 15 solo studio albums which are in the genres of pop and classical and 3 greatest hits albums. He is a best seller having sold more than 70 million records worldwide and for his contribution to Live Theater he has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella.
3. Maria Callas
Among the legendary soprano who is widely recognized and noted as one of the most influential opera singers of the 20th century is Maria Callas. She was a Greek-American soprano who died in 1977 but her legendary bel canto technique, dramatic interpretations, and wide ranging voice made her hailed as La Divina. Maria callas artistic achievements made Leonard Bernstein refer her as “the Bible of opera”. Today she is still one of the best selling classical music’s vocalists.
2. Plácido Domingo
Born in 1941 Domingo is a legend opera singer. He is an arts administrator, a Spanish tenor and a conducter. Over his career he has recorded over 100 complete operas and performed in world’s most prestigious opera houses. To highlight his prowess, as of today he has managed to win 14 Grammy & Latin awards, become a best seller and in addition some of his records have gone silver, gold, platinum and multi-platinum. Today he is a humanitarian and he is also the founder of Operalia which organizes competitions and natures talents of young singers.
1. Luciano Pavarotti
Although he is no longer with us as he passed on in 2007 he is the finest tenor of the 20th century, and one of the most commercially successful tenor of all time. He was an Italian operatic tenor who was widely famed due to the quality of his tone and made dozens of recordings of complete operas. He is among the owners for the best-selling classical album of all time. He died of pancreatic cancer and his funeral was telecast live on CNN and many other global media houses.
Many readers would agree with me that these great opera singers deserve to be in this list of top 10 operas singers of all time. The above legends have made a mark in the genre and although some have left the face of the earth still their influence can be felt even today. Many artist have emulated the styles applied by these great Opera singers and that’s why the music genre continues to grow even today.