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ARETHA A Love Letter to the Queen of Soul

17 – 18 June 2023

In the Concert Hall

Contemporary Music

R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Queen of Soul. ARETHA is a powerful memoir, live on stage, that celebrates the life and music of one of the greatest voices in history.

Experience an unforgettable night of music and memories honouring the legacy of the global superstar Aretha Franklin. Narrated and directed by the multi-talented Jada Alberts, the concert  features outstanding Australian vocalists Emma Donovan, Montaigne, Thandi Phoenix, Thndo, Ursula Yovich – with music direction by Joe Accaria and a nine-piece band. 

Celebrate and groove along to her most cherished hits; ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’, ‘Think’ and more.

Saturday 17 June - Limited availability

It’s time to dance, celebrate and show a little respect.

Aretha Franklin is one of the most influential voices in the history of pop music. Through storytelling and soul, discover more about the woman behind the voice. Travel through time from her early gospel roots and rise to fame, to her legendary hits and lasting impact on music. 

From ‘Respect’ to ‘Natural Woman’, Aretha Franklin's timeless classics have become an essential part of musical history. Triumphantly sitting at the pinnacle of the musical pantheon, her life was also shrouded in pain, depression, struggles and hardship.

Celebrate the life of a woman who broke down barriers and paved the way for generations to come. The spirit and fire behind her voice earned her many accolades, including 18 Grammy awards, over 75 million records sold, and the number one place on Rolling Stone’s ‘Greatest Singers of All Time’. Her expressive voice connected with audiences – and together they shared heartbreak, longing, and love.

An incredible evening of entertainment, this production will chart not only the music but the ups and downs of an extraordinary career. It’s time to dance, celebrate and show a little respect.

Presented by Sydney Opera House in association with Peter Rix.

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