Aretha Franklin’s opera high night

Aretha Franklin’s opera high night


norman lebrecht

August 16, 2018

The Queen of Soul died today, aged 76.

She could sing anything.

Here’s the night she stepped in for Luciano Pavarotti.


  • Larry says:

    An amazing artist. We will not see nor hear her likes again any time soon.

  • Anon! A Moose! says:

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  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Beautiful artist, giving soul, love, life, heart and spirit to the world. Forever etched in our souls. (I wonder if she took classical piano lessons in her childhood. She could play.) God bless your eternal spirit and soul, dear Queen of Soul!

    • Alan says:

      Could not have said it better myself, Jeffrey.

    • Nick2 says:

      As Luciano was increasingly to do, he cancelled at the very last minute. So Ms. Franklin stepped in virtually without rehearsal and seemingly no music or words on a teleprompter. And she made that aria her own. Amazing!