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Artpod: Aretha Franklin is looking for next big opera star

Photo courtesy of Aretha Franklin

We kick of the first Artpodof 2012 with an appearance by none other than the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

I interviewed Franklin last month about her search for the next great opera star. That's right, opera star. Franklin wants to get in on the singing contest circuit, and she's turning her searchlight on the world of classical music.

So, all 18-40 year old classically trained singers, this week's podcast is for you.


Interested candidates can mail their audition materials here:

Aretha Franklin
c/o Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett
30150 Telegraph Road
Bingham Farms, MI 48012

Franklin says she's look for a singer who is "very close to being accomplished," and she plans to listen cassette or CD that comes through the mail. "If they’re a new artist who’s really got it, I’d like to hear them," says Franklin.

You can read a full transcript of the story on NPR's music blog.

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Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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