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The night Aretha stood in for sore-throat Pavarotti

Nobody, but nobody, could have bettered Big Lucy in Nessun Dorma. Nobody but the Great Dame. (Video recommendation courtesy of Yehuda Shapiro).

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  1. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Now THAT’s crossover. I’m sure the audience wasn’t disappointed. Thanks for sharing Norman.

  2. Love the accent before switching over to English!!

  3. As a big fan of classical music AND Aretha Franklin, I nevertheless feel that this is a bizarre performance from an artist of great intensity…

  4. Spectacular. That’s the kind of classical crossover I would readily purchase.

  5. Brian Hughes says:

    As much as I appreciate Aretha and her artistry, I must state that Jussi Bjorling is the standard by which all performances of Nessun Dorma should be compared. Hear this recording from 1944: How he hangs in there with the conductor’s EXTREMELY slow tempo baffles me. But it is incredible singing.

  6. Aretha is known to be an avid opera lover. She attends Detroit Opera performances regularly according to audience members there.

  7. Ghillie Forrest says:

    Saw it at the time, and seeing it again has not improved my reaction. Can you would-be crossover fans imagine a whole evening of this? “‘cero, ‘cero” — what do we suppose she thinks that means? It’s a verb form. Clear she had no clue as to what she was singing in the unknown language, for which she had a tin ear.

  8. No, no, no, definitely no! Let great Artha do her music, she should’nt try again to mix it with the
    Classics. It sounds dreadful to me. Am thinking of what Puccini is doing now in his grave!

  9. Pavarotti was OK if you can tolerate the absurdity of operatic voices, but Aretha is a real singer!

    I would have loved to have heard Ray Charles sing Winterreise.

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