ARETHA – A Love Letter to the Queen of Soul

SOH ArethaA powerful memoir that celebrates the life and music of one of the greatest voices in history, ARETHA will make its Melbourne premiere at Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne on Sunday 2 July 2023.

Through soulful storytelling, this unforgettable performance of music and memories will honour the legacy of global superstar Aretha Franklin, who broke down barriers and paved the way for generations to come.

ARETHA will showcase 30 songs that define the golden age of soul music as well as the struggles and then the crossover success that became the legacy of this phenomenal artist.

The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, this production will chart not only the music but the ups and downs of her extraordinary career.

Narrated by multi-talented First Nations actor Jada Alberts (Wentworth, Cleverman), with musical direction by Joe Accaria (Velvet Rewired), Producer Peter Rix is thrilled to announce that Aretha’s music will be interpreted and performed by:

  • Emma Donovan – legendary ARIA-nominated, award-winning, First Nations singer/songwriter
  • Montaigne – celebrated singer/songwriter and unique art pop musician
  • Thandi Phoenix – a vocal powerhouse with a unique tone, magnetic energy and commanding stage presence
  • THNDO– considered Australia’s ‘First Lady of Soul and R&B’
  • Ursula Yovich – multi award-winning actor, singer and writer and star of Belvoir Street’s Barbara and the Camp Dogs

The curtain comes up in Melbourne on Sunday 2nd July 2023 to celebrate and reflect on the life and times of Aretha Franklin – a global superstar. This will truly be a truly memorable performance of equality, inclusivity, diversity and a showcase of six unique Australian performers.

ARETHA – A Love Letter to the Queen of Soul
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performances: Sunday 2 July 2023 – 3.30pm & 7.00pm
Information and Bookings:

ARETHA will also be presented tonight (Tuesday 20 June) in the Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane.

Image: Aretha Franklin (supplied)