I know I’m REALLY late to this party…but when my brother happened to casually mentioned Aretha Franklin stepping in for Luciano Pavarotti for a performance of “Nessun Dorma” a couple years ago, I thought he was making it up. I even accused him of “lying like a rug.”
And then I did a quick internet search and came up with this:
I can’t decide if this performance is really good … or just proof-positive that Nessun Dorma is remarkable aria no matter who sings it. In any case, it seemed entirely appropriate to be listening to a bunch of different versions of it on his last night here.