In Key: 10 Opera Singers Who Hit the High Notes
by Brooke McBride
1. Maria Callas
Callas was only 16 when she appeared in the Royal Opera of Athens’ production of Boccaccio. Not only is she a treasure in the opera world, Maria is also an international style icon of the 50’s. She brought glamour and passion to the world of opera and modernized it for her generation. Callas is a total opera diva/badass after my own heart.
2. Luciano Pavarotti
Even if you don’t know much about opera, you have probably heard of Pavarotti. Pavarotti is an opera LEGEND! He is also one of the first opera star to transcend into the world of pop culture.
3. Andrea Bocelli
Bocelli’s voice has become celebrated world wide and for good reason. He has an irreplaceable place on the opera stage as a best-selling artist.
4. Renee Fleming
Fleming is known for her versatile repertoire. In addition to being an amazing opera singer, she has the voice to sing jazz, indie rock, and Broadway!
5. Placido Domingo
Domingo is a conductor as well as world-renowned opera singer. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and has won fourteen Grammy Awards!
6. Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Schwarzkopf began her long career in opera at age 13 in Germany during World War II. Her voice is made for singing classic operas by the most famous composers in the world. Plus she’s a Dame for goodness sake!
7. Anna Moffo
Moffo performed at the famous Metropolitan Opera in New York City for over seventeen seasons! She was especially known for her range and agility, even being nicknamed “La Bellissima” for her beautiful voice.
8. Dame Joan Sutherland
Sutherland is a boss. What else can I say! She was the first Australian to win the Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance and has been recognized worldwide for her remarkable voice. She’s also another Dame! So cool!
9. Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
Dieskau is not only an opera singer but also a successful composer. He was one of the most famous opera singers post WWII and was ranked the “most influential singer of the 20th Century.”
10. Jessye Norman
Norman has performed world famous operas all over the world. She is the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been described as having “the greatest soprano voice.”