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Top 10 Female Opera Singers

Opera is a powerful performance that typically combines incredible singing and drama and these women are the best at it. Here are the greatest living female opera singers from around the world.

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Renee Fleming

Renee Fleming

Renee Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice.

2

Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa ONZ DBE AC is a New Zealand soprano. She has a full lyric soprano voice, which has been described as "mellow yet vibrant, warm, ample and unforced".

3

Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price

Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko

Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is a Russian operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna, Austria, and in New York City.

5

Elina Garanca

Elina Garanca

Elīna Garanča is a Latvian operatic mezzo-soprano. With a musical family background, she began to study singing in her hometown of Riga in 1996 and continued her studies in Vienna and in the United States.

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Angela Gheorghiu

Angela Gheorghiu

Angela Gheorghiu is a Romanian soprano. Since her professional debut in 1990, she has performed in leading roles of several operas at New York's Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, Milan's La Scala, and many other opera houses in Europe and the United States.

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Joyce Didonato

Joyce Didonato

Joyce DiDonato is an American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano notable for her interpretations of the works of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini.

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Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau is a German soprano opera singer. She is a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera.

9

Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Deanna Battle is an American operatic soprano known for her distinctive vocal range and tone.

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Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay is a French opera singer who had a highly acclaimed career as a coloratura soprano before leaving the opera stage on 15 October 2013.